I have been in touch with Canadian fishermen who no longer want to endure the dangerous conditions of the hunt and would like their government to consider a buy back of their licenses. However, the Canadian government refuses to buy out the industry, instead choosing to heavily subsidize the seal hunt.
The main argument of those who oppose the grey seal cull is that there is no market for seal-derived products. But this market is so successful that Canadian products were exported to 35 countries between 2005 and 2011, bringing in US$70 million. It is more ethical to humanely and sustainably harvest animals and subsequently market them, then it is to harvest them only to let them rot.
As of today, the natural balance of the Atlantic Coast's ecosystem is at risk because of the reduction in hunting, the threat of abolition and the recent overpopulation of the Harp seal. In Canada, seal hunters value utilizing this resource to its full potential demonstrating their communities' full commitment to respecting nature.
OTTAWA - The federal fisheries minister is encouraging all members of Parliament to show their support for Canada's embattled sealing industry by wearing a lapel pin made from seal fur.Keith Ashfield...