Canadas Shame Essay

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The infamous Harp (whitecoat) and Hooded (blueback) seal hunt photos have virtually disappeared from newspapers or television news. That does not mean that seal hunting in Canada has stopped. The mass killing of seals off Canada’s East Coast is commercial, cruel, and wasteful, yet despite furious outcry from Animal Rights activists the government is refusing to take notice. The cruelty of this extensive killing operation, which starts during the seals’ birthing season, has been denounced for years as “Canada’s Shame.';      The senseless slaughter of seals springs from the profit they bring, the use of their pelts for coats, and other products. It has been proven though,…show more content…
The big commercially owned boats on the other hand have an entirely different method of killing. Seal pups are gathered up individually and incased in netting – somewhat like a bag of oranges. Dozens of baby seals in net bags are packed into wire cages and moved by helicopters to fur farms. After the pups molt, they are killed. Catching seals in nets unavoidably causes a slow and painful death for these beautiful mammals.      Seals are mammals, warm blooded like the rest of us. There is nothing in place to protect them because under Canadian law, these mammals are legally considered to be fish! Perhaps that is why our government thinks so little about slaughtering these animals. Perhaps that is why the quotas have been set so high and why both the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland are now providing subsidies to entice more fishermen and sport hunters to kill seals. The Government of Canada is gambling that the public has forgotten about the cruel and bloody images of the Canadian seal hunt prior to 1984. The truth is, nothing has changed “…about 220 000 seal pups were killed in 1997 alone.'; And this statistic does not even take into account the thousands of mature seals being killed; it’s merely the estimated number of seal pups being massacred.      Consequently the Canadian commercial seal
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