Good news! Hay Island grey seal slaughter on hold.
Yesterday a beacon of hope appeared for the grey seal pups born last month, as various news articles reported that the Hay Island grey seal slaughter might not occur after all. Not only have sealers been faced with poor weather, but the worldwide recession has reduced demand for seal pelts. Seal fur is used to make expensive luxury garments such as fur coats, vests, and purses - unnecessary items at any time, and not something that people tend to buy during tough economic conditions. In addition, it was stated that one of the fur processors was having "equipment problems" at the plant which prevented them from buying any pelts at this time.
While this news is encouraging, we need to continue to pressure the Canadian government to bring and end to this slaughter. The commercial hunting of seals is unwanted, unnecessary, inhumane and wasteful. With fur markets clearly in decline, there is no better time for the Canadian government to stop the annual killing of seal pups, and work instead to help find sustainable alternatives for sealers.