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Seal Hunt Cancelled For Hay Island In Nova Scotia

02/26/2013 07:12 EST | Updated 04/28/2013 05:12 EDT
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SEAHOUSES, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: A Grey Seal relaxes in the shallows on June 24, 2011 at the Farne Islands, England. The Farne Islands, which are run by the National Trust, are situated two to three miles off the Northumberland coastline. The archipeligo of 16-28 separate islands (depending on the tide) make the summer home to approximately 100,000 pairs of breeding seabirds including around 36,000 Puffins, 32,000 Guillemots and 2,000 pairs of Arctic Terns. The species of birds which nest in internationally important numbers include Shag, Sandwich Tern and Arctic Tern. The coastline around The Farnes are also the breeding ground to one of Europe's largest Grey Seal colonies with around 4,000 adults giving birth to 1500 pups every year. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, N.S. - A group of Cape Breton seal hunters say they've decided to call off the annual slaughter on Hay Island.

Spokesman Robert Courtney says the hunt has been suspended because there is no market for the pelts.

The annual hunt for grey seals usually takes in a few hundred seals every spring.

Hay Island is a small spit of land that is part of the Scatarie Island wilderness protected area, near Main-a-Dieu.

The sealers did not go to Hay Island last year, either.

Governments around the world have been closing their borders to seal products, including the Russian Federation — once one of the world's largest markets for Canadian seal products.

(Cape Breton Post)

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