World's largest hunt for marine mammals gets underway
Despite widespread protests each time Canada's annual seal cull comes around, the Canadian government remains acquiescent to the watching world.
This year, the event legalises the barbaric slaughter of 275,000 harp seals and 8,200 hooded seals. Canada's government claims the cull to be "humane, sustainable and responsible", but protesters state that 98 percent of seals killed last year were under the age of just three months.
The Canadian government insists that the cull is a necessary measure in combating the seal's rapidly increasing population. As a result, the area's stock of fish is said to be in decline. The following news report from ITN describes the horrific event as it gets underway this year. Be warned, the footage contains graphic images that some may find disturbing.
Animal rights activists have accused Canada of trying to cover up the event. It claims that the country's Department of Fisheries refused to provide observers' permits to journalists and environmentalists.
The Humane Society of the United States insists that the Canadian government is taking whatever steps it can to ensure the media isn't able to document the shooting and clubbing of these baby animals.
It is a truly inhumane event that the watching world tries to prevent each year. We can only hope that this will be the last annual seal cull.