The seal hunt in the Gulf of St. Lawrence began this morning. Anti-seal hunt protests are again gathering steam. Animal rights groups claim the seal hunt is cruel, difficult to monitor, ravages the seal population and doesn’t provide a lot of money for sealers.
Sealers and the Canadian government defend the hunt as sustainable, humane and well-managed and say its provides supplemental income for isolated fishing communities that have been hurt by the decline in cod stocks.
To make the seal hunt more humane the sealers will now be required to sever the arteries under each flipper, thereby ensuring the animals are dead before being skinned.
For the moment at least the Canadian government will not allow observers on the ice floes to avoid a media circus.
A couple of questions.
Why is there so much upset about the seal hunt and so little about what goes on in slaughter houses?
Even if the seal hunt were banned wouldn’t the herd have to be culled on a regular basis?
Do you support the Canadian seal hunt?
Or would you be in favour of banning it?
Should animal rights zealots be allowed to observe the hunt?