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

WHY DO YOU THINK I AM HERE JUST TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS??
Yes it did observe only 26 seals, but that does not prove that the fate of other seals was not much the same either. The fact that you also say these seals had been rendered unconscious from concussion prior to being bled as a `possibiity` but not a fact either. And yes it is peer reviewed. I know people who have been out on the seal hunt themselves and even admit that some seals escape injured, choking in its own blood. Also that there were times when seals took longer to die in the process of clubbing them, and I certainly would not accuse him of lying. This was a comment from a seal hunter himself. And he went as far as saying he didnt deny that it goes on alot, but made the point of saying it was not always regulated enough, and perhaps there should be more training/ methods. And that the issue of waste really needs to be resolved.
I am really stressing the biggest facts i am focusing on here is the reaso why baby seals are targeted.. the prime reason being for the fur trade. If the meat was as importaint I am sure none would get wasted and be left behind to rot like I have seen happen numerous times on mass scales. When a wild animal kills, they do not leave all the meat behind to rot, neither does this happen with cows etc that we `eat`.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

The most recent veterinary evidence showing the hunt is inhumane is from an independent, international team of
five veterinary experts who studied the seal hunt in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (hereafter ‘Burdon’ or ‘the Burdon
Report’) in 2001. The panel included experts in veterinary neurology and marine mammals, as well as a past chair
of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (hereafter ‘CVMA’). The veterinarians studied the hunt from the
air and from the ground, viewed videotape evidence, and performed random post-mortems on seal carcasses
abandoned on the ice flows. The post mortem examination of 76 seal carcasses revealed that in 13 (17 per cent)
there were no detectable lesions of the skull leading to the conclusion that these seals had been skinned whilst
conscious. In 19 (25 per cent) of seal carcasses there were minimal fractures ‘including hairline or non-displaced
fractures’ to moderate fractures. The latter is insufficient to render the animals fully unconscious, although it may
be associated with some decrease of conscious awareness. Taken together these figures are the basis of the claim
that up to 42 per cent of the 76 seals may have been skinned whilst conscious. The remaining 58 per cent of the
carcasses indicated extensive fractures that would have been associated with some level of unconsciousness.
For more information: http://www.hsus.org/web-files/PDF/FINAL-Respect20...
You can say whats the difference between a baby seal and a baby cow.. but a baby cow is not jt killed for its hide. It is part of the food chain and put to good use, not discarded. The same with chickens, lambs etc.
I certainly wouldnt skin a deer and leave the rest of it to just rot. It seems to me, out of all thw wild animals, seals go through much suffering. And i am quite sure seal pups would not be targeted so much if fur was the only main factor.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

"my people??" I am just standing up for what i believe in, which i have as much right to do as you or anyone else native or on native.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

Right now, representatives from HSI and The HSUS are in the air documenting the kill. The footage over the past several days from the Newfoundland slaughter has been devastating.
Please list your questions you have on HSUS, as i am sure you have more than 1 question to ask!

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

Efford called for the extermination of seals during a speech he gave to the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly. "Mr. Speaker, I would like to see the 6 million seals, or what ever number is out there, killed and sold, or destroyed or burned. I do not care what happens to them.... What [the fisherman] wanted was to have the right to go out and kill the seals. They have that right, and the more they kill the better I will love it.."
as quoted from "Wikipedia" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Efford
Hardly the type of comment to make for a humane and regulated topic!

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

Hi Deb,
I want to show you a report I've got from DFO per private e-mail.
Your opinion is important for me.
Please...
Stella B. StellaEurope@web.de

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

The team collected 76 seal heads and found that 17 percent of the skulls were undamaged and a further 25
percent had only minimum to moderate damage. Often the blows landed on the facial area, inflicting a great deal of pain but not rendering the
animal unconscious. The horrifying conclusion is that 72 percent of this sample of seals were probably conscious when they were hooked,dragged
and skinned - and that thousands of pups suffer the same fate each year. The main argument made to justify the hunt is an economic one, but in recent years it has been kept going by subsidies, and last year the price of pelts was so low that only a third of the quota was landed. The
Canadian Sealers' Association is trying to develop new uses for seal products, such as oil and meat, but the carcasses of the seals we saw
killed were dumped after they had been skinned, and the ice was littered with their bodies. This is not surprising, sincene for most people the meat is only edible if it is bleached, deodorised and then artificially flavoured.
One of the few products that do sell are penises - as aphrodisiac for the traditional Chinese medicine market. In recent years, up to 30,000 penises have been sold.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

I discovered first of all that the Canadian government makes it as difficult as possible to watch the hunt. The pack ice os the only piece of public land in Canada where access is
restricted to permit-holdrs, and even these have to be renewed on a daily basis, hardly the behaviour of a government with nothing to hide,Once on the ice, the helicopters are allowed no nearer than 500 feet to the hunters, and being so far off-shore, flying time is limited. For all these reasons, the hunt can be monitored only for brief periods. The reasons the government restricts access to the hunt are obvious.
Even hovering 500 feet above the ice, the cruelty was mind-numbing. Clubbing is frequently used to kill the seals, and as we hovered above our first kill, the pup was subjected to a series of nine blows which rained down on its body. It was unclear whether it wa sdead when it was hooked and dragged across the ice to the ship.
We then flew on to watch a nearby boat at work. Because the ice was so thin this year, it was hard to chase and club the seals, and so many were shot. This may sound more humane but it's not. Again, we were watching from 500 feet, and so it was hard to see where the first seal was hit, but it was clearly in a great deal of distress. It fell into the sea spewing blood, swam around before dragging itself onto another piece of ice, crawled across this then fell back into the water and carried on swimming in bloody circles, The sealers clearly didn't give a damn. They left this pup and moved on to shoot two more, before returning to the first seal about four minutes later. They didn't check to make sure it was dead, but simply put a hook in it and dragged it aboard.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

It's not just the sea shepard that is against the hunt , there are other organization, Humanes society, peta, greenpeace,just to mention a few and trust me they all do good for this world .The Canadian Government and the fisherman just look at the money(greed) , It's about keeping a balance with nature.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

The young infants still possess the most valuable pelts for the fashion industry. The DFO allows hunters to kill any seal pup over two-weeks-old, the so-called “raggedy jackets,” and "beaters" sporting a silvery coat flecked with small dark spots. Although a few adult seals are taken, some 90-95% of all the Harp seals taken are still infants, 2-6 weeks old. Killing babies in their nursery feels morally reprehensible, and ecologically dim-witted.

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