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Can you see the look of terror?
Seal hunting is rooted in tradition, like many outdated and abhorrent practices, and stems from tribal Inuit customs. Shockingly, seal hunting still exists today and is practised in several areas around the world. Most of the world's seal hunting takes place in Canada, during short periods of time when harp seal hunts are carried out.
The seals are primarily hunted for their skin, known as their pelt, which is used mainly for clothing, and in some areas where they are hunted, their flesh is eaten. Seal blubber is processed into oil and can be marketed as a fish-oil supplement or used industrially.
It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of seals are slaughtered each year, not including those that are not collected and have sunk to the bottom of the sea. The majority of those killed are pups. Firearms are the most common tool used to kill seals; however, hakapiks (long wooden clubs with a hammer head and metal hook on the end) are also used, as seen above. Hakapiks are used because they do not cause any damage to the pelt and therefore do not affect the profitability of the seal. Occasionally, these methods are not successful and the seals remain scared and in a great deal of pain when they are skinned alive.
Alarmingly, a 2007 report from the European Union concluded that “suffering in the Canadian seal hunt could be ‘largely avoided’ if hunters simply took greater care to ensure that a seal’s skull was crushed before they were hooked and skinned.” Yet suffering could be avoided ALTOGETHER if this industry ceased to exist.
In recent years, many major markets have banned seal-fur imports, including the European Union, Mexico, Taiwan, the United States, and even Russia, which had been importing 95% of Canada’s seal fur. This has led to a major demand decline, but the hunting continues on.
Yes, there are traditional and cultural aspects of this industry, but they CANNOT be used as justifications. There is unacceptable cruelty in seal hunting—and a lack of necessity. No animal deserves to be hunted and killed for their skin.
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