What next for canada#39s hunted sealsnote: this article cites, at note 2, a press release from the international fund for animal welfare (ifaw), dated 2001, that quotes canadian director rick smith. Animal-rights activists have elicited condemnations from the us senate, president barack obama and the european union which just imposed a ban on seal imports. Animal rights activists and inuit clash over canada's indigenous food traditions is a company that takes part in the commercial seal hunt every year in canada off canada's east coast.
But animal welfare groups claim that the killings are inhumane, with hunters impaling pups in their face or eyes and shooting seals from moving boats. Canadian seal hunting has gotten a lot of media attention since the late 1970s thanks to well-funded animal rights groups and their celebrity spokespeople the brutal clubbing of baby seals in newfoundland and labrador may be the most common image associated with seal hunting but, for many inuit people living in nunavut, the practice looks very. Animal rights activists have been out on the ice, filming canada's largest seal cull for more than 50 years the government is allowing more than 300,000 seals to be killed, arguing that the campaign is both ecologically sound and economically justified protests helped end the hunting of young. Reddit gives you the best of the internet in one place get a constantly updating feed of breaking news, fun stories, pics, memes, and videos just for you passionate about something niche.
As animal rights organisations celebrated the collapse of canada's east-coast whitecoat sealing industry, the inuit in northern canada — who do not hunt seal pups, only adult harp seals. The seal hunt is an annual event on the ice floes off the east coast of canada where the seal nurseries give birth this year's hunt begins march 29, and lasts for two months this year's hunt begins march 29, and lasts for two months. Namibia's annual seal hunting season started this week, over the protests of animal rights activists who say the practice is cruel the government accused the activists of deliberately distorting. In the lead up to the new seal hunting season, activists have expressed dismay over the failure of namibia to halt its annual slaughter of 91,000 cape fur seals activists are calling for an international boycott of namibia's tourism and export products to bring about an end to the country's annual. A trade agreement to sell canadian seal meat in china announced more than three years ago has been largely thwarted by animal rights activists, federal fisheries minister gail shea says.
By brian duignan t his week marks the beginning of the annual canadian harp seal hunt, by far the largest marine mammal hunt in the world and the only commercial hunt in which the target is the infant of the species. The mass killing of seals off canada's east coast is commercial, cruel, and wasteful, yet despite furious outcry from animal rights activists the government is refusing to take notice the cruelty of this extensive killing operation, which starts during the seals' birthing season, has been denounced for years as canada's shame. Canada's annual 'commercial seal hunt' is the biggest marine animal hunt on the planet, during which the government allows the killing of nearly 470,000 seals.
The animal rights activists will have you believe that the seal hunt is inhumane, but this is not the case first of all, most seals are killed with rifles (not clubbed to death) secondly, there have been numerous studies done on the seal hunt, and biologists and veterinarians have all agreed that the seal hunt is no less humane than any other. Canada's harp seal population is estimated to be 74 million animals, almost six times what it was in the 1970s, notes fisheries and oceans canada, the governmental organization that monitors the hunt the animal rights movement has been so successful in protecting seals that herd populations are continuing to grow, even as fisheries. Canada's 2008 annual commercial seal hunt in the gulf of st lawrence and around newfoundland, quebec and nova scotia began on march 28 the hunting season lasts from mid-november to mid-may, but the hunt mainly occurs in march and april. A coast guard icebreaker and a ship owned by an activist conservation group have collided in the gulf of st lawrence as tensions mount over the annual canadian seal hunt.
According to a press release by the international fund for animal welfare, the us senate foreign relations committee has recommended that the full senate consider a resolution condemning the resumption of the commercial seal hunt in canada. Canada's commercial seal hunt occurs on the ice floes off canada's east coast in two areas: the gulf of st lawrence (west of newfoundland and east of the magdalen islands) and the front (northeast of newfoundland. For decades, images of bloodied and battered seals have flooded pop culture as animal rights activists have furiously fought a pr war against the seal hunt and the canadian government's.
A young harp seal rests on the ice floes during the annual east coast seal hunt in the southern gulf of st lawrence around quebec's iles de la madeleine on wednesday, march 25, 2009. Windhoek, namibia - namibia's annual seal hunting season started this week, over the protests of animal rights activists who say the practice is cruel the government accused the activists of. Animal rights activists looked upon inuit culture in idealized, not realistic, terms and defined subsistence according to their definition, not that of the inuit. Traditional seal hunt versus the commercial canadian seal hunt government propaganda and industry lies obfusticate the fundamental differences between the traditional inuit seal hunt and the commercial canadian seal hunt.
The petition called for the restaurant to remove seal from its menu, stating that seal hunting is violent, horrific, traumatizing and unnecessary the controversy again highlighted the often uncomfortable relationship between animal rights and environmental groups and indigenous communities who are struggling with profound issues of poverty and. Seal hunting, or sealing, is the personal or commercial hunting of sealsseal hunting is currently practiced in nine countries and one region of denmark: alaska(above the arctic circle), canada, namibia, iceland, norway, russia, finland, sweden, and greenland. Since the 1960s, animal-rights activists have proclaimed that canada's seal hunt is barbaric, unethical, and unsustainable, without knowing how drastically these notions affect inuit communities.