Opposition to the East Coast seal hunt is more about optics than it is about conservation. Which is not to say that optics aren’t important.
Because seals are cute and cuddly, and are killed out in the open rather than in slaughter-houses, animal -rights activists seize on gruesome images of the hunt to attract public support and money.
One of the images the anti-seal crowd exploits is the use of the hakapik. That is the long, sharply hooked metal club used to bludgeon seals to death. The premier of Newfoundland and the premier of Nunavut have both now asked that the use of the hakapik be banned.
In the battle over optics it would seem Canada has little choice but to ban the hakapik.
Do you agree?