Canada’s 2009 Commercial Seal Hunt Opens Today – The World Watches as 280,000 Baby Seals Are Set To Die
Canada’s commercial seal hunt is the largest hunt for marine mammals in the world. Sealers are allowed to kill 280,000 harp seal pups this year, provided they have begun to molt their white coats, which occurs when the animals are about two weeks old.
“It’s preposterous that the Canadian government insists on moving forward with this hunt,” said
“The world will be intensely watching this year’s hunt, and I am confident that once again the evidence will speak for itself. The cruelty of Canada’s commercial seal hunt is undeniable,” added Fink.
Sealers compete among each other to reach their quotas in unpredictable conditions — shifting ice, high winds, freezing temperatures and volatile seas — all of which make it extremely difficult to execute a so-called ‘humane’ kill.
To learn more about IFAW’s efforts to end the Canadian commercial seal hunt, visit www.stopthesealhunt.org today.
SOURCE International Fund for Animal Welfare