This is Absurd! Canada Imposes Massive 400,000 Seal Hunt Quota for 2014.
Canada began its annual seal hunt, amid heavy ice conditions off the northwest coast of Newfoundland.
Now that the market for seal products in America and Europe is closed, the hunt is said to be a shadow of what it once was.
The Canadian Government firmly supports the hunt insisting it is a humane, sustainable and economically viable event that is important to coastal communities.
The Government allows 400,000 harp seals to be killed, despite the low demand for seal fur.
The Canadian government doesn’t seem to want to let go of the country’s increasingly unprofitable and unsustainable annual seal hunt, which is the largest slaughter of marine mammals on the planet, according to Humane Society International (HSI).
The hunt kills hundreds of thousands of harp seals each year through painful methods that involve wooden clubs, hakapiks (clubs with sharp picks at the end), and guns.[youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joOA5kq0G5c%5D
In an effort to avoid even more bad press and protect its sealers’ interests, an ag-gag type bill was recently introduced into the Canadian legislature that would “increase the distance that unauthorized persons or ‘unlicensed observers’ must maintain from seal harvesters,” reports The Epoch Times.
If passed, this bill has the potential to limit important hunt documentation carried out by nonprofit organizations like the HSI and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
In yet another crazy turn of events, the Canadian government has just announced that it is setting its 2014 hunt quota at a staggering 400,000 seals – an absolutely absurd number considering that a 2013 ICI Radio Canada report revealed that thousands of seal pelts have been thrown away in recent years due to declining demand.
“In setting this reckless quota, the Fisheries Minister has yet again ignored sound science in favor of political agendas. Given the devastating impacts of climate change on the ice dependent harp seals, the Canadian government should be ending commercial sealing, not setting historic high slaughter quotas,” said Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of HSI Canada.
Countries around the world have been showing opposition to Canada’s annual hunt — from the U.S. and China to the nations of the EU (where a seal products ban has been in effect since 2009) — yet somehow Canada still insists that its annual hunt is an important part of the country. When will Canada wake up and see the reality that’s plainly laid out before them?
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