The above image shows a beautiful, and tremendously cute baby seal, but this picture shows an animal BEFORE it is brutally murdered by Canadian hunters in the most appalling way.
Afterwards, it may look like this..
These seals are known as Harp seals, and it’s these gentle marine mammals which are the subject to the horrendous slaughter each year.
Every spring, large numbers of pregnant Harp seals gather together on the Canadian Atlantic coastline. After giving birth to beautiful pups with fuzzy white coats, around 2,000 to 6,000 Canadian fishermen travel to ‘hunt’ them in the worlds largest slaughter of marine mammals. Hundreds of thousands of seal pups are murdered every year, with the majority of pups ageing from just a few weeks old to a few months. The methods in which these gentle animals are slaughtered are dreadful and gruesome.
The most common method a hunter will use to kill a seal is clubbing. A brutal process in which a hunter will use hakapiks (a long stick with a blade or hook on the end), to bludgeon and repeatedly club the seal to death. After clubbing the seals, hunters are supposed to do an ‘eye test’ to check whether the animal is still blinking before being skinned. Many hunters will not even bother to do such a test and it is thought that as many as 40% of seals are skinned whilst still alive.
Sometimes, hunters will do their best to avoid damaging the seals pelt (fur) and may choose to shoot them from a distance. In cases such as these, the bullet may miss the target of the seals head and the seal may still be conscious when the hook of the hakapik is plunged into it’s mouth and dragged to the boat. Adults and resisting mothers may also be shot or clubbed, but around 95% of all the seals killed are no more than 3 months old. It is estimated that 1/3 of all pups born, go on to be slaughtered by Canadian hunters.
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