Kaley Cuoco, who has gained international acclaim and recognition for her role as Penny on the CBS comedy series “The Big Bang Theory,” has made her feelings about the seal hunt clear. She tweeted:
I’m disgusted hearing the Canadian seal hunt is “humane”. It’s so “humane” I’m unable 2 post any pics it’s so grotesque. My heart breaks
— Kaley Cuoco Sweeting (@KaleyCuoco) April 16, 2014
Each spring off the east coast of Canada, seal hunters attempt to kill as many baby seals as possible in the short time available. Seal pups, most too young to escape, are either shot or hit with a spiked wooden club called a hakapik.
“Although the Canadian government compares the commercial seal hunt to the killing of farm animals, they have little in common. Unlike abattoirs, the commercial slaughter of seals takes place in an unpredictable, unmanageable environment where humane killing is impossible to achieve consistently,” said the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
According to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the “Canadian commercial seal ‘hunt’ is the largest mass slaughter of marine mammals in the world. Canada intends to kill over 325,000 seals this spring with an additional 10,000 harp seal quota for an aboriginal allowance.”
“The Canadian government looks for as many avenues as possible to profit from their annual, government-subsidized slaughter. Currently, Canada exports the following products: sealskins (furskins/pelts and leather), seal oil and seal meat. Unfortunately, due to a revised fashion trend, the demand for seal pelts has sky-rocketed, especially in Europe,” said Sea Shepherd.
Besides being inhumane, the the seal hunt is also incredibly wasteful. Eighty percent of the biomass of slaughtered seals are left on the ice.
Although the majority of Canadians oppose the hunt, it still continues. This spring the ice will again be stained with blood from thousands of massacred seals. Hunters have been offered alternatives to earn a living, such as jobs in ecotourism, but so far they have refused.
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