IFAW 2008 Seal Hunt Press Coverage

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  Canadian seal hunters bemoan low prices, from UPI

"Some Canadian seal hunters in Newfoundland say they aren't sure low pelt prices and high gas costs make going to sea worthwhile later this month.

"While hunting resumed Monday off New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, the upcoming hunt along Newfoundland's northeastern shore isn't as appealing to seasonal fishermen, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported."

More training needed for sealers: vet, from CBC News

"New rules adopted by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to ensure seals are killed humanely should be accompanied by better training for sealers, says a member of the veterinary panel that looked into the issue.

"A group of nine veterinarians from Canada, the U.S. and Europe met in August 2005 to look at ways to minimize or eliminate suffering of animals during the seal hunt. One of the recommendations was a three-step process for killing, including bleeding the animal after it has been clubbed or shot."

Reader is against the seal hunt, from the Coaster

"I am asking you at take a hard look at yourselves and your leaders. Why are you allowing a barbaric act such as the clubbing to death of baby animals in the presence of their mothers to take place in your community? Babies that have not yet had a chance to take their first swim.

"It is not going to provide you with any long lasting solutions for your life long problems: for example; high unemployment, lack of training and opportunities. Rather "clubbing" your local politicians will bring about these positive changes. If politicians started to do their job, think creatively and work, it would help you to find dignifying work and repair Canada's image."

Comments: 68

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

Yes I have been out to observe the seal hunt. The fact that my husband does not go seal hunting is his choice and nothing to do with the fact that i went out to witness it for myself. This was my personal choice, to get a truthful view of what exactly goes on out there.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

Also your comment about being here to inform people on te facts so they can make a non bias decision whether to support us here... well this is the reason i think it is also importaint for people to be able to witness the seal hunt if they wish, without being stopped from doing so. This way they would see for themselves how methods are carried out etc. And not have to go by videos/ reports here that you say are bias.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

As for Global warming, I found this article very interesting. Reported from March 2007. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17736236/

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

I do not believe that if people against the hunt change their minds, suddenly seals would be used more resorcefully, eg.. meat not wasted etc. This is something that has been going on for many many years, before any animal welfare societies became so strongly informed. Seals have a price tag on their fur, this will always be the priority of the hunt. If the market for seal meat was as high a price tag, then the rest of the seal would not be left behind to rot. I do not believe any animal should die for vain reasons. But when i see these seals being skinned and then left to rot on the ice, it gives me no other choice to believe this, exactly what i see, not what i want to hear.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

Clearly not something that makes me feel like supporting this.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

Propaganda? Where is your evidence to suggest everything on this site is made up? People here make alot of effort to film exactly what goes on, and collect information for this cause, dedicated in the welfare of animals. Everyone here is capable of making up their own minds, and people here cearly still support this issue. Yet you still continue to make sarcastic comments etc. I have been out there ant witnessed exactly what goes on myself during the hunt, and that is the best way to make a decisio for yourself, go out there and see for yourself, i wopuld recommend to anyone, rather than trust government etc. I saw a seal pup still moving and whalling out after it had been hit, the seal hunter the went to strike again and missed, causing the seal even more distress and pain. So if it is so humane, then what was i seeing here??

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

because I try to educate people on both sides of the story so they can make an informed choice on whether or not to support this cause. Rather than just blindly following the propaganda these people use to line their coffers.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

A legal tradein seal penises for the aphrodisiac market, for example, may provide an incentive for poaching. It also results in "highgrading", where animals are killed for selected valuable parts such as the penis, and the rest of the animal is discarded without being recorded in the landed catch statistics. Finally, history also shows us that once legal (and illegal) markets are established for wildlife parts, they cannot easily be legislated away. It is for all these reasons that encouraging a trade in harp seal parts could result in unsustainable havesting practices, and threaten the seal population.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

Most recently, a study published in the internationally-respected scientific journal Conservation Biology concluded that the number of hap seals being killed by humans (including the numbers of animals ed by sealers, the number of seals killed but not recovered) exceeds the levels that would be permitted by a more conservation-orientated management model by as much as 2 to 6 times.(source: "Notes for a Presentation to the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, House Of Commons, Ottawa". IMMA.) www.imma.org

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

A recent study in the scientific journal Marine Mammal Science concluded that in 1998 the actual number of harp seals killed was somewhere between 406,258 and 548,903. This compares with the 282,070 animals reported landed by the Canadian Government in the same period. Another reason why I wouldnt trust what the Government say.

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