Profiles in courage: Canadian Senator Mac Harb says no to commercial sealing

Today a debate will begin in the Canadian Senate on Senator Mac Harb’s bill to end commercial sealing.

A rational discussion of Canada’s seal hunt is long overdue in this country.

Warning: this video contains graphic footage of commercial sealing activities.

Although the 2012 seal hunt appears to have been an entirely publicly-funded operation to put seal pelts in stockpiles, it has been bizarrely hailed by some politicians as a “success”.

One of the last Canadian seal processing companies went out of business earlier this year, while the remaining processor – a Norwegian based company – required $3.6 million in public funds to help it survive.

Despite the bailout and the additional incentive it was supposed to have given sealers, only 680 sealers took part in the hunt and the landed catch of 70,000 still fell short of the 100,000 pelts that the industry claims to have markets for and, mercifully, far short of the unsustainable quota of 400,000 set by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Despite the best efforts of the Canadian government (and millions of dollars wasted) major markets such as Russia, Europe, and the United States remain closed to Canadian seal products.

Switzerland also passed a vote to ban seal products earlier this month.

Government officials continue to raise sealers hopes with promises of “gaining market access to China” – but they’ve been making that promise for at least 18 years now, and it still hasn’t materialized.

A strange definition of a successful industry, it would seem!

So long as Canadians sit by and allow politicians to waste taxes on such “successful” enterprises, the seal hunt will to continue.  But deep down we must know that heading out to the ice floes and clubbing three-week old seal pups for their fur is no way to try and earn income in this day and age. 

Like many other industries whose products are no longer needed nor desired, the end of commercial sealing is long overdue.

We at the International Fund for Animal Welfare know positive change does not come easily. 

We support Senator Harb and his courage and commitment to raising the issue of commercial sealing – a subject which has been taboo for far too long – on Parliament Hill.


Take action and contact members of the Senate of Canada, asking them to support Senator Harb’s bill to end the commercial seal hunt in Canada.  

Comments: 6

6 years ago

Dear members of the senate,please support senator Harb's bill and end the commercial seal hunt in Canada.Show the world that Canada is turning it's back on this barbaric practise and can change when such horrific practises are unacceptable in the world today.

6 years ago

Stop cruelty on's terrible all these........

6 years ago

I hope and pray that Canada stops this horrific slaughter of the baby seals. I cannot understand how a human being can carry out such cruelty nor for the Canadian government to allow it!!!!! I have refused to buy anything from Canada for several years now including sea food and material items because of this killing of newborn seals and I am not alone, all the people I work with have refused to purchase ANYTHING from Canada until this stops. PLEASE STOP THIS SLAUGHTER OF LITTLE INNOCENT BABY SEALS!!!

6 years ago


6 years ago

This is the most disgusting sight I have seen so far, with your killing these harmless innocent seals swimming and living their life. The blood and gore on this link site....made me sick. Is there no limit on what you will slaughter for ptofit...for God's sake...........

6 years ago

Brigitte Bardot may actually live long enough to be able to celebrate the end of this putrid, indescribably useless, wasteful slaughter. Never give up trying to put an end to this. Even though it seems like we've been trying to put a stop to it for the last 50 years or more.

6 years ago

Please support the bill of senator Harb to stop the commercial seal hunt.

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