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Canada's annual cull of baby seals will be allowed to continue on a higher level as lobbyists urge the government to lift curbs on the brutal slaughters.
Every year, the government allows the mass sealing that sees the animals' fur sold off and the recent news has reportedly prompted fresh lobbying of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Season - Criticism - Animal - Rights - Campaigners
The season has attracted criticism from animal rights campaigners as the methods used by sealers include the clubbing of the young seals, impaling with pick axes and shooting.
Most are pups between two weeks and three months old and pictures from The Human Society have shown them being bludgeoned, clubbed and dragged onto fishing boats.
Years - Seals - Lobbyists - Curbs - Sealing
In the last five years over 1,000,000 seals have been killed but now, lobbyists are asking for curbs on commercial sealing licenses to be lifted, to allow the hunt in a Quebec nature reserve and to launch a mass commercial seal hunt in British Columbia, report The Independent.
Seals killed are Harp Seals and to a lesser extent, Grey Seals. Figures show that since 2002, a huge 2,634,800 Harp Seals have been killed with 66,800 alone in 2016 - by an less than 1000 estimated active sealers.
Number - Seals - Drop - Numbers - Noughties
The recent number of seals killed is a significant drop in numbers from the mid-to-late noughties with 218,000 harp seals killed in 2008, 355,000 in 2006 and a jaw-dropping 366,000 in 2004.
The reason for the drop in number of animals killed is a near world-wide ban of sales of the seals' fur, which has seen the global market collapse. Opposition to the culling say the quota for killings goes up every year, even while the demand for pelts drops.
Humane - Society - Charge - Hunt - Canada
The Humane Society are leading the charge against the hunt off Canada's East Coast, in and around Newfoundland, they argue that it is...
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