2008 Seal Hunt Blog Round Up

Sealhunt2 Stop the Seal Hunt, Kerry McCarthy, Labour Member of Parliament for Bristol East

"Have just been doing a bit of research on the Canadian seal hunt (yes, I know - a fun way to spend a Saturday night!). For some good info, see here: www.stopthesealhunt.com"

Also found this IFAW press release, which tells us that in Canada seals are classed as fish, rather than as sentient marine mammals that can experience pain, fear and suffering - which I thought was interesting (not to mention highly convenient!)"

Canadian Seal Killers Said to be Breaking New Law, Critter News

"Well, that didn't take long. The Canadian government's new requirement that hunted seals be actually dead before they skin them is already being ignored."

Ice Blocking Canada's Seal Hunt, Blue Marble Blog (Mother Jones)

"Good news. Thick ice is slowing sealing boats from reaching the baby harp seals in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, reports Planet Ark. Consequently, only three pups out of a quota of 275,000 were killed the first day. This after last year's "hunt" was affected by a lack of ice. The Canadian government has promised the slaughter will be more humane this year. How? After a hunter shoots or clubs a seal, he now must check its eyes to ensure it is dead, and if not, the animal's main arteries must be cut.

"Okay, let's get clear about this. That does not qualify as humane."

Harp seal hunt is barbaric, travel writer Ian Middleton

"I am absolutely disgusted by the cruelty of Canada’s commercial baby harp seal hunt. As you are aware over the next few weeks, more than a quarter of a million seals will be killed for unnecessary fur products. Nearly all of these seals will be less than three months old. Many will suffer painful and lingering deaths. This is unacceptable cruelty and the UK and Europe’s role in the trade in seal products is allowing this to happen."

Comments: 11

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

This Canadian seal hunt is probably one of the most inhumane things I have ever seen. These seal hunters, regardless of what Canada says are the new "more humane" regulations on klling these baby seals, the seal hunters are not complying at all and are not only injuring these poor innocent seal pups, but are often skinning them alive. My God, how humane is that. And, Canada has classified seals as fish and not mammals? That is ridiculous, seals are mammals, that feel pain, fear and slow cruel deaths.
Oh, Canada, you should be ashamed of yourself! Canada sends delegates before the EU to try and get them to not ban seal products from Canada because they have now made the seal hunt so humane. I wonder how these Canadian delegates are going to explain the videos from HSUS and the IFAW, showing the wounding of these seal pups, who are obviously in agony and terrified. There is no excuse whatsoever that this cruelty should continue.
Oh, Canada, shame on you!!!
Delia Jones

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

I have been doing some research into the harp seals. Just to remind people. Seals do not reproduce until they are 6-7 years old. If the Canadian figure were right (how do they count all the seals in the ocean anyway?)and there were conservatively 5 million (which is 5% of what there were 30 years ago)then the Canadians are doing a good job at exterminating this species because if half of the seals were under the age of 7 and half of the ones were above then 2.5 million would be old enough to breed. Say that there are 1 million seals of are breeding females (taking into account that many of the mothers are killed on the ice and many are killed in the ocean by Orcas,diseases,fishing lines,etc. then they are taking out that future generation by a third every year. This just cannot be sustainable. It defies the third law of ecology in that there is a limit to the carrying capacity (K-value) of any living thing...when we wipe out the seal, an apex predator, we kill plankton,krill, whales, cod,etc. etc. Seals are keystone predators in the ocean and Canada is too prideful to admit they f'ed up and collapsed the cod fishery and it will never return until we stop killing these animals. I have not even accounted for global warming, which will half the numbers of seals in the very near future because of the rapid ice melt at the poles. Come on people of the world use that brain that supposedly separates us from the animals!!!The seal masacre is the cruelest, most vicious treatment of wild animals I have seen. The EU must stop it because China will not..they are as cruel as the sealers are as a society!

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

This would stop if people stop buying seal products, but it is well known fact that while europe's market slow down, Asian market took off replacing the lost.
So if there is market they will continue the horrofing hunt. The world and our worst enemy - MONEY makes people do horrible things.
I dont discriminate anyone in the world, but asian market is always famous for not being conscience about this things. They are famous for hunting in horrofing ways too Shark, Whales, dolphins, now they are the market for this poor seals and canada you are acting just like them supplying and allowing this barbarian act.
When are we going to become more consciest of our world?
it is so sad

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

How many dollars,
Mr. Harper and Mr. Hearn,
(or do you prefer Euros ?)
do we have to pay for one seal...,so that is him ALLOWED to stay alive ???
We collect.
How many fishes shall we sent to you from the north sea, because you tell us, the seals are eating all the fishes away.
Does the seal then also stay alive ???
We collect.
How many voices do you want to see AGAINST YOUR BARBARIC
ACTIVITY !!!
Then take a look to Europe !!!!

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

OH Canada,....
your reputation in Germany is rotten !!!
None of us Europeans wants to travel to a country that is full of brutality and baby-murder.
It#s absolutely poor !!!
We disdain your cruelty, Canada !!!
Who is your example ?
HERODES ???
He killed babys, too !!!
None of us wants to travel to a country which is full of hate against animals....BABY ANIMALS....!!!!

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

Yes, these barbarians don't know what they're at, they must be educated in the ways of civilization! Just like in the 1800s! Let's send out a Moral Education team to tell them that animals are their equals! Ignore those sharp teeth you have, that was nature's mistake. We really are supposed to be vegans all along.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

The People here in Germany and in Europe follow the dreadful massacre very precise and we also know and see with our own eyes that the Canadian Government and DFO are telling lies and deceives us Europeans. Many,many people here are totally shocked what happens to the helpless seals. It ist the most bad and cruel and brutal massacre we all have ever seen. Our newspapers and TV stations are reporting, too.
Where do the seal killers come from ???
Is it a decoration for Canada to show the world their baby-killers ???
Did they still kill their own babys at home, too ???
True heroes !!!!!
We wish we would only one get in our hands/in our nearby to us, then he can pray to god !!!
We also wish theese miserable loosers a very,very cruel and brutal death and harm, sickness and death in their own families, if they have one.
We boycott ALL canadian products and we will never, never travel in thisbad, brutal country !!!
Thank yoa all Canadians and other people who are against this dreadful massacre and who fights with us against it and FOR THE ANIMALS !!!

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

I am thouroughlty disgusted too with the Canadian Govenments statement which says the seal are being humanely killed, how is that when they hook and drag live seals across the ices obviously still very much alive and then proceed to skin them while still alive. I don't see that as humane but the govenment wants to cover up what is happening by saying this so that the seal hunt is not documented which of course will not happen any time soon. They need to be stopped and soon because countless number of seals are being tortured to deal at the hands of these so called humans.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

How can these horrible people kill those beautiful seals??? What kind of people would do this?? These people are going to pay for what they have done to those seals and they deserve to pay the consequences for murder.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

I'm horrified at the absolute lack of humanity these ignorant barbarians inflict upon such helpless, beautiful creatures... some of us are trying to organize another protest to be held in cities across Canada this weekend - please watch for details... thank you.

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