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Canadian MP’s Questioning Seal Pup Hunt


Every February Canada hosts a bloodbath that evokes the world’s scorn.  It is the annual Newfoundland seal hunt that kills young white seal pups.  You’ve seen it on video and in pictures.  Hunters approach a young seal pup with a club that has a spike in it.  Seal mother’s try to defend the pup, but are shooed away by a group of hunters that descend upon the pup, bashing it in the head with a steel spike.   They then drag the dead pup across the frozen tundra leaving a trial of blood behind them.  In a couple of weeks this will begin once again.  The only difference this year is that the last market place for the pups fur, Russia, has decided to ban the importation of the fur.  Every country in the world now bans the fur.   The seal fur industry in Canada last year grossed one million dollars, according to governmental figures.  Not quite the boom industry it once was.  In fact, seal pelts have been left rotting in warehouses due to the worldwide import ban, and the Canadian government is picking up the tab for the fur industry.  The good news is that some MP’s in the Canadian government are beginning to question a policy that has drawn the world’s scorn.  Member of Parliament Ryan Cleary says that it’s the “official” position of the New Democratic Party to support the seal hunt, he is now questioning whether it should continue. “Part of our history is also whaling, for example, and the day came when the whaling industry stopped,” he said a few days ago. “Now, is that day coming with the seal hunt? It just may be.”  It’s about time.



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