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Canada’s Cruel Seal Hunt Begins (Video Tribute)

Canada’s Cruel Seal Hunt Begins (Video Tribute)

Right now, the annual Canadian seal hunt is taking place off the coast of Newfoundland.  Animal welfare organizations call it, “the largest marine mammal slaughter in the world” and this year many are worried about the future of the species.

Even with a ban on seal products in Europe and worldwide protests, the Canadian government has approved the highest quota ever for killing harp, gray and hooded seals to — 468,200 animals. 

Their reason for increasing the quota is to support coastal families who rely on the hunt to make a large percent of their living from selling the seal pelts.

Animal organizations like Humane Society International Canada and the International Fund for Animal Welfare disagree and say that most of the hunters do not make money from the hunt because the price of the seal skins are going down. 

Meanwhile these organizations are very concerned about the future of the seals. Between nature and the hunters there is a “potentially devastating impact on the species.”

The past winter was particularly warm and the large masses of sea ice that are home to the seals are much smaller. This means that more seal pups were born closer together, leaving them more vulnerable to hunters.

It also means there is less area for the baby seals to hide when they sense danger.  Adult seals under attack would normally jump from the ice into the water, but the pups are too young to be strong swimmers, so their dilemma is to be slaughtered on the ice or drown in the ocean. It is an extremely sad situation.

Rebecca Aldworth, director of Humane Society International Canada is documenting the hunt for cruelty violations. This is the thirteenth year she has observed the devastation, but she is seeing something different from her helicopter perch.

“For even as we hover over the sealing boats, our hearts breaking as we film unspeakable cruelty, it is apparent that one day soon, this slaughter will end. Prices for seal fur remain very low this year, and most sealers say it is not worth their while to kill seals. So in an area where normally hundreds of sealing boats operate, we see only a few.”

Aldworth and her team filmed a touching video of a baby seal basking in the sun, one day before the hunt started.  It is a wonderful tribute to lives of the seals and why this cruel slaughter must end.

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12:58AM PST on Mar 8, 2014

Canada's senseless murder needs to end,

11:53AM PST on Mar 6, 2014

This is one of the many disgusting things that humans are doing ..... i have to say, those men that go out there and kill those beautiful sentient beings, are sickening, the make me sick!! ..... i dont know how they could live with themselves!! they are murderers that deserve the death penalty!! why is it, that most people in high governmental positions have their eyes closed??? why do they let these things happen???!!!! i believe that those how "give the orders" or dont stop these hunts are just as bad as those who go out and gruesomely murder other beings!!

IT HAS TO STOP ... not in 2050 not in 2020 ..... now! in 2014!!!

11:34AM PST on Mar 5, 2014

Humans are the most dangerous species of all on this planet, not animals!!! Wherever there are humans, there are disasters and nothing left for other beings. Seals and other animals have just as much right on this planet and they should eat their usual food, after all, it's their way of survival. Humans can be vegetarians and still live, even healthier. All those hunters and fishermen stop whining and killing. Of course, the consumers should stop wearing and buying animal skin, if they do, they should wear them like the barbaric style!!! all they time and everywhere or wear nothing at all. That's what they want, then they have to do it right. With all that money to spend on animal skin, they should save animals instead. Looks like they are thinking backward or not thinking at all..I have no respect to all those killers and non-sense consumers, maybe someday they end up wearing their own baby skin when baby seals and all other animals extinct.

We must support Senator Mac Harb to speak up and educate the dumb.

6:40AM PST on Mar 5, 2014

This has to stop! Greed, greed and more greed is killing our only home.

12:52AM PST on Mar 4, 2014

Thank you

4:34AM PST on Mar 3, 2014

why are you destroying beauty of our mother earth. stop the hunting which is taking all over the planet of different animals and species. we don,t want our future generations to see only cruel human race on this planet.

12:19PM PST on Mar 2, 2014

Come on Canada….end this barbaric, cruel, senseless slaughter. Come into the 21st century & act like civilized humans…not savages.

6:51AM PDT on May 12, 2011

Hopefully someday the seal killing will stop. Also hopefully someday humans will decide it is not cool to wear another animals skin!!! And Byron M, they're "eating away at the fish stocks" in the ocean??? Isn't fish THEIR natural food???? So, they are eating too much of their natural food, so there is not enough left for humans???? Eat a veggie or something.

2:15PM PDT on May 3, 2011

This horrible and ...TERRIFICANTE... practice has to stop...!!!...sorry for my words...but I would not feel any kind of emotion if one of these persons should be massacrate behind my eyes ...I would not help in anyway and let them to be massacrated without doing absolutely nothing to save them...excuse me...!!!...but that's what I feel. *cat

9:29PM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

ANOTHER POWER NEGLECTING THE WISHES OF THE MAJORITY OF ITS CITIZENS ... REMEMBER THIS NEXT TIME THE VOTE COMES AROUND. (USA HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM.)

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