Despite worldwide condemnation, the BBC reports that my Canadian neighbors have “given the go-ahead for what is expected to be one of the biggest seal hunts in the country for decades. The government says the hunt is now more humane and that more than 300,000 seals can be killed this year. …” More Below : : :
The site for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has a ticking clock — as I post this, little more than 3 days and 22 hours remain before the hunt begins. HSUS is asking everyone to sign up for a boycott of Canadian seafood, and has a guide for restaurant and seafood professionals.
Why does HSUS advocate boycotting Canadian seafood?
Advocates of the hunt say, “Large-scale hunting will be allowed to continue until the number falls to under four million.”
Tim Carnan, a managing editor of hsus.org, gives a “portrait of the breeding grounds as natural art”:
For centuries, this isolated area provided protection to harp seal females about to give birth, but sometime in the early 16th century, European fishing settlers began killing these animals for food and fur. entury, European fishing settlers began killing these animals for food and fur. Some 500 years later, seal hunters have a different motivation—they’re trying to pocket some extra cash between fishing seasons. Sealers also have far better tools at their fingertips then their 16th century counterparts. Powerful ice-breaking boats and sophisticated aerial-spotting techniques allow hunters to pinpoint and access seals with relative ease. ….