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2010-04-15 12:35:00

Usually a banner month for seal hunting, this April has seen a shortage in seals due to lack of sea ice during a record-warm Canadian winter, and, according to officials and sealers, a boycott by the European Union has ruined the seal hunt off Canada's Atlantic coast. The Fisheries Minister of Canada, Gail Shea, increased the allowable catch of harp seals this season to 330,000, up by 50,000 from previous seasons, defying a ban on seal products by the European Union. However, most of...

2010-04-08 10:58:00

NEWFOUNDLAND, Canada, April 8 After disastrous ice conditions in March caused many harp seal pups to perish prematurely, Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is now allowing open fire on the few seals that survived. Today, IFAW (The International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) is set to observe hunting activity off the coasts of Newfoundland. Twenty-three sealing vessels from Newfoundland and Labrador have hailed out in search of concentrations of seal pups on...

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2010-03-29 10:20:27

The annual Canadian seal hunt got underway on Sunday, but just barely, as a single ship departed from port into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence in pursuit of a diminishing harp seal population. "I know one boat set sail tonight, at around 4:00am in the morning," Denis Longuepee, president of the Magdalen Island seal hunters' association, told AFP on Sunday. "In past years, there were 10 to 40 boats weighing anchor." The reason, according to a press release sent out by the International Fund for...

2010-03-15 14:33:00

GUELPH, Canada, March 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has increased the total allowable catch (TAC) for harp seals in a year when the population is already challenged by a lethal habitat shortage. IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) says the increase is ridiculous and nonsensical, noting that such a high TAC is irrelevant given that few seal pups are expected to survive this year's disastrous ice conditions. "The...

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2009-07-18 07:35:00

Two European journalists were fined on Friday for filming an annual seal hunt along the coast of the southern African nation, according to their lawyer. Raywood Rukoro, the two journalists' lawyer, said that British investigative journalist Jim Wilckens and South African cameraman Bart Smithers were found guilty of violating the Marine Resources Act by entering a restricted area without permission. Both of the men were released after a $652 fine each, he said, adding that they had...

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2009-07-01 16:35:00

In an attempt to save thousands of baby seals from being killed for their fur, Namibia animal rights activists are trying to raise millions of dollars to buy out a fur company that buys the pelts. The annual seal-harvesting season officially started on Wednesday with a quota of 85,000 pups to be killed.  The hunters club the animals to death on the Namibian coast as part of the hunt. "I got the offer from the Australian-based owner Hatem Yavuz to buy out his company for 14.2 million US...

2009-05-11 15:40:16

Newfoundland and Labrador's refusal to support Ottawa's trade talks with the European Union nearly derailed negotiations, a diplomatic official said Monday. I have to be perfectly frank with you: The statement by (Premier) Danny Williams when he refused to sign up to the Council of the Federation statement nearly derailed the entire process, Anya Oram, charge d'affaires for the European Commission delegation in Ottawa, told the St. John's (Newfoundland) Telegram Monday. The Council of the...

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2009-05-06 05:35:00

New legislation from the European Parliament will ban the sale of seal products in the 27-nation EU, BBC News reported. Animal welfare groups, which have long argued that the clubbing of seal pups by hunters is barbaric, had been lobbying for the change for years. Some 300,000 seals are killed off Canada's east coast annually in the biggest seal hunt in the world. Anti-hunt campaigners are outraged that some seals are skinned while still conscious. And most hunters typically shoot the seals...


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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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