Subject: End the East Coast Seal Hunt
There's a lot of misinformation out there about the commercial seal hunt – and unfortunately, a lot of that misinformation is coming from the Canadian government.
Scientists at Fisheries and Oceans have clearly stated that harp seals are not impacting cod recovery, and yet many claim that harp seal populations must be reduced to protect cod stocks.
It is critical to distinguish the East Coast commercial hunt from the Inuit hunt. It makes no sense to continue to support the cruel, wasteful, and unnecessary commercial sealing industry on the East Coast while Inuit struggle with food security.
MPs continue to use an old claim that sealing makes up 35 percent of a fisherman’s income – a figure which has since been refuted by Fisheries and Oceans. Recent statistics suggest that, on average, a commercial sealer makes less than $1,700 a year from sealing.
It’s time to face the truth about the East Coast commercial seal hunt. With demand for products from the commercial seal hunt disappearing, it is time to end this cruel, unnecessary and wasteful hunt once and for all.