why do they club seals in canada

A sealer chooses his weapon depending on the conditions of the hunt. You can only club a seal if you can climb down on to the ice next to it, but the ice isn't always sturdy enough to support a full-grown man and his
hakapik. On the off-shore hunting grounds near Newfoundland, the seal pups tend to sit on small, unstable pieces of ice, so sealers must use rifles to kill them. On the other major hunting groundвthe Gulf of St. Lawrence, where the hunt began on Saturdayвthe hunters take advantage of larger floes to leave their vessels with clubs in hand.

Conditions also vary from year to year: This season's warm weather has led to thin ice shelves in the gulf, so hunters have had to use their rifles much more than they typically would. Each year, the gives hunters the green light to bludgeon to death hundreds of thousands of baby harp seals. During the slaughter, baby seals are shot or repeatedly clubbed. bludgeon the animals with clubs and hakapiks (metal-hookвtipped clubs) and drag the вwho are often still consciousвacross the ice floes with boat hooks.

Hunters toss dead and dying seals into heaps and leave their carcasses to rot on the ice floes because there is no market for seal meat. Veterinarians who have investigated the slaughter have found that hunters routinely fail to comply with standards. Baby seals are helpless and have no way to escape from the sealers clubs.

A Washington Post article on the described it this way: [A] seal appearing to gasp for air, blood running from its nose as it lies on an ice floe. Not far away, a sealer sharpens his knife blade. The seal seems to be thrashing as its fur is sliced from its torso. The Christian Science Monitor wrote: The few terrified survivors, left to crawl through the carnage. The shouted obscenities and threats from the sealers, gunfire cracking ominously in the distance.

The pitiful cries of the pups; the repellent thuds of clubs raining down on soft skulls. Sealers laughter echoing across the ice floes. Many are 3 months old or younger. Many have not yet learned how to swim or eaten their first solid meals. The sealing industry claims that it is killing more seals because of an increased demand for. Although the U. S. banned the sale of seal fur in 1972, anyone wearing the fur of minks, rabbits, foxes, or any other kind of animal is responsible for creating a demand for fur, which pushes Canadian hunters to club more seals each year.

Then in 2009, the, and the U. S. Senate unanimously passed U. S. Senate Resolution 84, calling for an immediate end to the annual seal slaughter. Please tell everyone you know about Canada s cruel slaughter of baby seals and urge them to to ask for an immediate end to this cruel slaughter.