Canadian seal slaughter draws protests

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Canadian seal slaughter draws protests

I found it interesting that in trying to find information on this in less than 2 weeks, most of the articles had disappeared from the net, even doing a search using Googles news.

Why are the sealers killing the seals?
Ostensibly because they eat the fish that the fishermen want.

Why do they present competition to the fishermen?
Because they have raped the seas in the region of all the fish stocks. As a result they need to kill anything else that eats the remaining fish.


 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/l...

More than 12,000 sealers armed with rifles and spears headed for the ice floes and islands off eastern Canada yesterday in the world's biggest seal slaughter.

Sealers, most of whom are fishermen the rest of the year, are allowed to kill 350,000 young seals this year, the most since the Canadian Government instituted quotas in the 1960s.

"I believe this hunt is inherently cruel and the regulations to protect the seals are woefully inadequate," said Rebecca Aldworth of the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

The IFAW is one of several conservation groups attempting to monitor the killing, despite the Canadian government's ban on observers.
By netchicken: posted on 2-5-2004

more on slaughter..

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http://stuffucanuse.com/Odds_and_Sods/Blogpics/seal_slaughter.jpg
http://stuffucanuse.com/Odds_and_Sods/Blogpics/seal.jpg

 http://www.smh.com.au/artic...
About 12,000 hunters, armed with rifles and spears, launched for the ice floes and islands off eastern Canada in the world's largest seal kill, accompanied by protesters condemning the $25 million harvest as barbaric.

Hunters are allowed to kill 350,000 young seals this year, the most since the Government brought in quotas in the 1960s.

The harp seal population stands at 5.2 million and pelts are fetching record prices of about $65 each.

"I believe this hunt is inherently cruel and the regulations to protect the seals are woefully inadequate," said Rebecca Aldworth, of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, which will monitor the huge cull.

The hunt off the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador grabbed international headlines during the 1960s, and television images of baby harp seals being clubbed to death led to bans on white seal fur and boycotts of Canadian fish products in many European markets.

Since then the Government has tried to ease concerns by banning the killing of seal pups under 12 days old - the time that their fur changes from white to grey - and making the killing more humane.

Many countries still ban imports of seal products, but the Canadian Government has supported the hunt to help the country's economically suffering coastal towns. The industry earned about $20 million last year, primarily from pelt sales to Norway, Denmark and China.
By netchicken: posted on 2-5-2004








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