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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...

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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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Harp Seal
2013-05-01 15:08:34

The harp seal (Pagophilus groenlandicus), also known as the saddleback seal, is a true seal in the Phocidae family. It is native to northern areas of the Atlantic Ocean and to some areas of the Arctic Ocean. Its scientific name means "ice-lover from Greenland,” and it was previously classified within Phoca genus, although studies have shown that it is unique enough to be in a distinct genus. It holds two recognized subspecies, P. groenlandicus groenlandicus and P. groenlandicus oceanicus....

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