In the Gulf of St. Lawrence yearly they open a hunt for the seal hunters to allow them to preform there duties to destroy the cultural wildlife of the sea in the Maritimes. During this time of season you can see many different vessels of many sizes travelling through the ice searching for their prey. Usually they are known as commercial seal hunters. Harp and hooded seals are the majority of prey. When they reach the seals, they continue their job by shooting any seal in sight, young, old, or even seals carrying infant seals. It is a very difficult situation to imagine when the helpless animals flee from their hunters. Seals do escape and can continue on, but the ones who are shot and are hurt usually just slip under the radar and eventually suffer and die. The hunters use hakapiks to kill the injured seals at close range, it is a big wooden club with an ice pick at the end for dragging purposes. They also club immobile injured seals. After the seal is killed, the captors then take their hakapik pick and put it into the seals back to carry it aboard their vessels. It is then the seal is skinned, sometimes while alive. Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans isn’t large enough to do ...
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...ndependent owned businesses, and even the commercially owned businesses would still suffer. The clubs used could be acceptable if they were used in a way that is humane, like how the aboriginals used them to hunt for survival purposes, not for the commercial slaughter or wealth.
The DFO says that they monitor all aspects closely of the seal hunt from the licensing of hunters, examining the duties of sealers, dock inspections, to inspections at the buying and processing plants. But in reality, it shows that the DFO has given more fines to other animal rights groups then to the hunters in the seal industry. That has changed many people’s minds on the outlook of the nature of the DFO’s duties. Due to the DFO holding out on fining the hunters and stopping them from hunting over their quota, they are still continuing to do as they want without any implications to them.
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