IFAW 2008 Seal Hunt Press and Blog Coverage

Seal_hunt Barbaric Blood-Letting Seal Hunt in Canada, from Life in the Fast Lane

"British reporter Danny Penman from the Daily Mail spent nearly a week in Nova Scotia, Canada, to investigate this year’s ruthless slaughter at close range as the horror unfolded.

"'The baby seal looked into the eyes of her executioner. Barely a flicker of emotion shows on the fisherman’s face as he smashes a steel-tipped club into her mouth. She lay whimpering on the ice, blood pouring from her jaw and nose.'

'But she wasn’t yet dead, so the sealer hit her in the face another 4 times before slamming a hooked “hakapik” club into her stomach and dragging her across the ice towards the ship.'"

Editorial: Canada is not so caring, from the Brantford Expositor

"The seal hunt, nearing 300,000 slaughtered babies per year for the garment industry, has increased drastically since the Conservatives took power. Most people who do this hunt are far batter off financially than many Canadian households. The hunt is not needed for the survival if the hunter. This hunt is only needed for trading purposes with Asian countries, soon to be the only countries that will allow any seal part into their lands, as we are one of the few remaining countries to allow dog and cat furs into our homes."

Mourners gather in small town to remember sealers, from CTV

"Mourners gathered Friday as the bodies of three sealers, who perished at sea last weekend, were carried into the town hall of Cap-Aux-Meules, a small community located in Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Que.

"A fourth sealer is still missing and presumed dead after the victims' fishing vessel, the L'Acadien II, capsized during a rescue operation by the Canadian Coast Guard last Saturday off the coast of Cape Breton."

Comments: 21

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

This blog is about the seal hunt and only the seal hunt. It is not about factory farming, vegans, other animal species, how smart you think you are, or how stupid you think someone else is. If you need to debate, debate the issue of the seal hunt and not the issue of each other.
If you had (a) post(s) deleted, it was because they contained more than just seal hunt discussion. If you are opposed to IFAW's position, you are free to express your opinions, but if you attack another poster or veer off-topic, your post will be deleted.
Anyone who thinks I've deleted their comment in an attempt to "silence" them is incorrect. Your comment was deleted for a reason I've already listed. Write your comment again, refrain from mocking other participants in the conversation, and your post will remain.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

STOP -
JUST STOP - WHAT HAS HAPPEN TO THIS WORLD, WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE ARE WE, THERE IS NO GRAY AREA FOR THIS LAW, THERE IS NO HUMANE OR INHUMANE WAY OF JUSTIFING THESE ACTS OF VIOLANCE. JUST STOP KILLING SEALS. JUST STOP "SO SIMPLE".

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

If you are actually a lawyer, you'll know math, and you'll realize that 'study' was mathematically insignificant. Or maybe you didn't read it all. Or maybe you copy and pasted from another site. Whatever.
Prove it's unsustainable... stop saying it is and give us data. Birth rates, death rates, all that. Evidence? Nonexistent.
Or you could look at the Great Lakes. I'm fairly certain species there are in DIRE straights and need immediate help. Even if the seals were in trouble, and the population started dropping now (and we continued hunting as usual), it would be 10-15 years before a complete extinction. That's plenty time to realize something is wrong. Instead, you just fell for the propaganda. Hey, when one of your biggest heroes says your group is only in it for the money, (good ole Paul) you know you've got it bad.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

The Canadian harp and hooded seal hunt is contrary to international law. As a party to the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), Canada obligated itself to “[c]onsider and undertake any ... action that may be required for the achievement of the purposes of this Convention …” Article 23 4(i). The goal of the CBD is to achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss as decided by the Conference of the Parties in Decision VI/26. The spirit and the content of the Convention is concerned with the intrinsic value of biological diversity together with the moral and ethical aspects of its protection, The government of Canada should bring an immediate halt to the seal hunts that are not only cruel but also comprise a threat to global biodiversity, thus contradicting the 2010 goal as determined by the parties to the CBD.
The rate of biodiversity loss is increasing at an unprecedented pace. In order to meet the 2010 goal of halting biodiversity loss, parties must ensure that their national policies do not endanger biodiversity. This is something that Canada has failed to do. Reports show that the effects of climate change on the habitats of harp and hooded seals are causing a dramatic reduction in sea ice cover and, consequently, endangering harp and hooded seal populations. The 2007 quota of 250,000 seals and the 2008 quota of 275,000 seals as set by the government of Canada is unsustainable. The total amount of seals killed exceeds even this enormous quota. Many seals shot during these hunts escape beneath the ice where they die slowly and are never recovered. These seals are not counted in official kill statistics, making the actual kill level far higher than the level that is reported.
There is an international outcry against the cruelty and the over-exploitation of the commercial seal hunts in Canada, A report of an independent team of veterinarians invited to observe the hunt by the International Fund for Animal Welfare in 2001 concluded that the seal hunt failed to comply with basic animal welfare regulations in Canada and that government regulations regarding humane killing were not being respected or enforced. The above report found that as many as 42% of the seals studied were skinned while alive and conscious. Furthermore, 95% of the seals killed over the past five years were pups between the ages of 12 days and 12 weeks.
In order to fulfill its obligations under the CBD, Canada must bring an immediate halt to the seal hunt because it is cruel and threatens global biodiversity. Canada’s actions with respect to the seal hunt contradicts the 2010 goal of reducing biodiversity loss as agreed upon by the parties to the CBD. Canada must end the seal hunt to comply with its international legal obligations.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

I have NEVER seen anything so appalling in my life!!! I can not believe that any man would stoop so low and become so barbaric to so something like this. This should be STOPPED IMMEDIATELY!!! If only the situation could be reversed....?

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

These sealers are inhumane and I find it incredible that they have no feelings! They should be clubbed or shot~and skinned themselves to experience the agony and fear they are causing to these poor innocent baby seals!!!!
I find it hard to believe that people can brutally harm animals without a care in the world!!!

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

Wir sammeln mit, Brigitte !!!
Wir hoffen, daß all diese Russen- Norweger- oder Asia-Schlampen, die sich mit diesen unglücksseligen Babyfellen behängen, ewiges Leid erfahren und ihres eigenen wertlosen Lebens nicht mehr froh werden !!!
Ebenso diese wertlosen Baby-Mörder !!!
Wir wünschen ihnen und deren Anhang die Hölle auf Erden !!!!!

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

I think, they sell the seals.
Therefore I suggest to buy
- and ask for donation
to buy - seals alive

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

Don't kill the seal

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

stop
be human
not a murder
LEa

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