by Elizah Leigh
Categories: Animals, Causes, Film/TV, People
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Currently practiced in Russia, Greenland, Namibia, Norway and Canada, the commercial hunting of seals – traditionally prized for their pelts and as a food source – is still being conducted despite the inherent cruelty of the practice.

The typical hunting season in Canada (where the majority of the Harp seal population is claimed) runs a solid 6 months between November and May, and with the aid of a firearm and a metal hammer headed club with a hook (called a hakapik), sealers have been given the thumbs up to harvest 330,000 total bodies in 2010.

Mother Nature, however, has intervened with “record-low ice cover this year”, resulting in a notable “lack of ice floes for the first time in 60 years on the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, which usually host hordes of seals birthing pups.”

One of the most outspoken animal rights activists — native Canadian Pamela Anderson — says that “greedy” hunters “trying to make a cash bonus on the side” still managed to kill 65,000 seal pups killed this year even though 2 to 3 years worth of pelts have already been stockpiled.

To shed even more light on what seems to be an entirely antiquated practice, there’s been a reduced demand for imported pelts due to the 2009 European Union ban and even with the few buyers remaining in the marketplace, their purchasing commitments are significantly lower than in previous years.

Anderson questions whether her government is subsidizing what she feels is a brutal, barbaric practice, and with seal populations already compromised by global warming, she felt compelled to hand deliver a letter — along with her Dancing With the Stars partner Damian Whitewood in tow — to the Canadian ambassador outlining her concerns.

Referring to the annual hunt as “the biggest embarrassment to Canadians,” she states, “It’s 2010. Why are we beating baby seals to death?” Good question, indeed.

Take a look at the footage of her trip to the Los Angeles Canadian consulate below — way to go, Pammy!

Via The Insider

  • Bob

    The Canadian seal hunt is one of the most humane and well regulated hunts in the world and an important source of income to people in remote coastal communities.

    The biggest source of embarrassment to Canadians is Pamela Anderson. She should stop trying to hide that by slandering these Canadians and hiding behind a facade of moral superiority. Everyone knows what a sordid, slutty life she lives.

    Putting this sort of thing under the banner of “environmentalism” is what turns people of and makes it difficult to get people to take real environmental issues, like climate change, seriously.

    • BanTheFurTrade

      Do enlighten us, please. How can smashing in the head of a seal possibly be considered humane in any way??

      • Bob

        What would you consider to be a humane way to kill an animal?

      • georgina0912

        That’s just it, humanely killing an animal is a myth, so why are you calling the annual baby seal slaughter “one of the most humane…hunts in the world”. What is so humane about that?
        Please share because from my standpoint that is a cruel practice. Imagine. Adult seals and baby seals share something very important with humans, a central nervous system, which allows them to feel. If i was going to be repeatedly bashed in the head in order to kill me for my…shoes, or my money, i want to say i would be 100 percent in HORRIBLE pain.

        So Bob, please educate me.

      • georgina0912

        And no Bob, do not turn the question around. You are the one defending the practice and we simply must know.

      • Bob

        10,000,000,000 are killed annually in the US. If as you say ‘humanely killing an animal is a myth’, then all that killing must be inhumane as well. Yet it is all very legal and well accepted in the US.

        So you will have to explain why Pam Anderson, living and working in a city of millions in the southwest corner of the continent needs to single out people 1000’s of miles away, in the northeast corner of the continent, who are killing far less than 1,000,000 animals annually. I will tell you why. It is because they have no voice to speak for them in Hollywood or Washington. So they make a convenient target for her to slander and abuse in her contrived “look how moral I really am” campaign. This is aimed at the most gullible and ignorant citizens of the US; anyone with a double digit IQ knows that she has the morals of an alley cat. This article is mostly filled with the usual self-serving animal rights lies and half-truths. Ecorazzi doesn’t ask anyone in the sealing industry for an opinion when they publish this sort of shite.

  • David

    Why isn’t Pamela and PETA upset about the seal culls that occur in the UK, France, Germany, etc.?

    They just kill the seals to regulate the population and let the dead sink. If the population needs regulating and they are going to kill them anyways then could they at least use the dead seals rather than letting them go to waste?

  • Ryan

    These sealers make no more then $5000 each a year from the seal hunt. With how much it costs to run vs. money earned, it’s better for the government to pay these people the $5000. That’s not even including money lost from companies and countries boycotting our other products.

  • Cho cho ma

    The Seal Hunt has no place in the 21st century. Here is a video of the “humane” slaughter. Scroll down, click, and watch the brutal slaughter.

  • RDG

    The message is less important than the messenger.

  • Elizah Leigh

    The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association claims that their government sanctioned method of killing seals — using a hakapik — kills the animals swiftly and humanely when done properly. Even the WWF acknowledges that while this method seems barbaric, “it is humane if it achieves rapid, irreversible loss of consciousness leading to death.” Unfortunately, the creatures are far too often still conscious when they are skinned because hunters don’t apply the right force when they use their club.

    According the the Humane Society of the United States, the greatest tragedy of all is that: “the main sealskin processing plant in Canada deducts $2 from the price they pay for the skins for each bullet hole they find, therefore sealers are loath to shoot seals more than once. As a result, wounded seals are often left to suffer in agony—many slip beneath the surface of the water where they die slowly and are never recovered.”

    So in addition to already having a surplus of pelts on the market and far fewer interested buyers, it’s not even an economically important activity — Canadian fisherman earn “one twentieth of their incomes from seal hunting and the rest from commercial fisheries”. Such a waste of life.

    • David

      For people, many of whom wonder from day to day if they will be able to keep a roof over their childrens’ heads, one twentieth of their income is pretty damn important.

      • georgina0912

        One twentieth, so if they earn $5,000 a year killing seals that means they make $100,000 a year, or $95,000 if they do not engage in that practice.

        $5,000 spread throughout the year amounts to 13 bucks a day…how is that important when with 95,000 a year you have 260 bucks a day?

    • David

      And where did you get your numbers from georgina0912?

      I seriously doubt fishermen Newfoundland are making $100,000 a year.

      • James

        The average sealer earns $5,000 a year from the seal hunt.
        If that is one twentieth of their income, that equals $100,000

  • Beth

    She was using an example of a previously mentioned amount.

    • David

      Oh thanks Beth I couldn’t figure that out. And what basis is there with those numbers that she decided to use them?