Why Is Canada Killing Seals? Most people would agree that there is something terribly wrong with shooting baby seals and smashing in their skulls, yet despite international outrage, the Canadian government allows sealers to beat and skin hundreds of thousands of these gentle creatures every year. So why is Canada killing seals? In recent years, all major markets have banned seal-fur imports, including the EU, Mexico, Taiwan, the U. S. , and even Russia, which had been importing 95 percent of Canada s seal fur. Even local sentiment is turning, as you can see inВthis editorial, and a lack of markets has led Canadian officials to examine seriously whether the slaughter should end. The only reason it continues is because political parties in Canada crave Newfoundland s swing seats in Parliament and will stop at nothing to show that they support local business. В It s time for Canada to wake up! ВAnd with the help of caring people like you, we can put an end to the slaughter once and for all. Please urge the Canadian government to support a buyout of the sealing industry, which would benefit both seals and sealers.
Striking, Checking, and Bleeding: Canada s Humane Seal-Slaughter Process In an attempt to ensure that seals are slaughtered humanely, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has implemented a three-step killing process that those who participate in Canada s commercial seal slaughter are allegedly required to employ.
But we know from photographic and video evidence that this so-called humane slaughter process is nothing but a government ruse. To prove just how inhumane the slaughter really is, we ve broken down the DFO s three-step seal-slaughter process. As you ll see, the only way to treat these animals humanely is to stop killing them altogether. The initial step of the process is striking. The DFO requires that sealers either shoot seals with a firearm or strike them with a club or hakapik. Sealers are required to shoot or strike seals on top of their cranium. Yet sealers often hook baby seals in the eye, cheek, or mouth to avoid damaging their fur and then drag them across the ice to skin them.
Video footage shows sealers hitting them repeatedly or shooting them from great distancesвeven from boatsвbefore rushing to bludgeon them to death. Poor weather conditionsвnot to mention the fact that these seals are live animals who moveвmake it impossible for the Canadian government to ensure that sealers properly execute this step. After either shooting or clubbing the seals, the DFO requires that sealers check to ensure that they ve crushed the seals skulls. According to the department, this step will allow sealers to ensure that seals are deadвor, at the very least, unconscious. The Canadian government would like us to believe that all sealers complete step two and that this isвsomehowвbeing regulated. But we know that this isn t true. A senior research fellow at the University of Bristol, who was part of a veterinary team that observed a seal slaughter in Newfoundland, reported observing widespread disregard for the requirements of Canada s marine mammal regulations. This team also found that nearly half of the seals it documented showed some response to stimuli after being hooked and dragged and that the majority of seals who were shot weren t immediately killed by the first bullet.
The third and final step of the process requires that sealers bleed the seals. To do so, they must sever the two axillary arteries located beneath the front flippers and must allow a minimum of one minute to pass before skinning the animal. According to the DFO, this step will ensure that seals are dead prior to being skinned. But if sealers aren t completing step two to ensure that seals are either dead or unconscious, why would the DFO expect us to believe that they re completing step three? While the DFO claims that this three-step process helps the department in promoting animal welfare in Canada s seal harvest вno, seriouslyвand the agency continues to fund the sealing industry, other countries are taking much more practical steps. The U. S. , Russia, and the nations in the European Union have banned seal-derived goods completely.
Even China, which was once presumed to be an untapped market for sealskin, seal meat, and seal oil, hasn t shown much interest in buying theВ. Despite international outrage, the Canadian government continues to allow sealers to beat and skin hundreds of thousands of seals every year. But while the DFO vainly attempts to assure the public that it enforces humane seal-killing practices, global opposition to the commercial slaughter of seals is growing. Folks are continually realizing that there is nothing compassionate or considerate about bludgeoning seals to death, ensuring that their skulls were cracked just right, and then severing their arteries so that they bleed out. Cruel and terribly wrong, yes, but not the least bit humane. Despite a worldwide outcry over the cruelty of Canada s seal slaughter and a ban on seal-derived goods in many countries, the massacre continues. to help save seals from slaughter, and click the button below to urge Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to end federal subsidies of the commercial seal slaughter.