02/27/2013 06:05 EST | Updated 04/29/2013 05:12 EDT

Canada Seal Hunt: Cancelled Slaughter Marks Another Nail In Industry Coffin, Says Anti-Sealing Group


SYDNEY, N.S. - An anti-sealing organization says the cancellation of the annual hunt on Hay Island off Cape Breton is another sign the commercial industry is dying.

Bridget Curran, director of the Atlantic Canadian Anti-Sealing Coalition, says international markets for seal products are shrinking.

Curran says she's delighted by news that a group of seal hunters in Cape Breton have decided against venturing out this year.

Robert Courtney, a spokesman for the hunters, says the hunt has been suspended because there is no market for the pelts.

It's the second year in a row the hunt for grey seals on Hay Island has been called off.

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

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