Canada allow to kill 388.200 Baby Seals! Stop the Cruelty!


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Petitioning: Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Minister Gail Shea, USDA

Petitioner: Christiane started on March 18, 2010

Canada allow to kill 388.200 Baby Seals! Stop the Cruelty!

East Coast seal hunt quota increases despite very poor ice
conditions



The federal government has increased the quota for this
year’s East Coast seal hunt despite ice conditions that some fishermen
say are the worst in years.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has set this year’s
total allowable catch for harp, hooded and grey seals at 388,200 — up
50,000 from last year’s total quota.

The higher quota is solely due to an increase of 50,000 harp
seals.

The harp seal quota includes an allocation of 20,000 seals to
support three projects proposed by the sealing industry that the
department says aim to make the fullest possible use of the hunted
animals.

Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea says the population of
harp seals is about 6.9 million, more than triple what it was in the
1970s.

As in the past, about 70 per cent of the quota is allocated
to fishermen working in the waters northeast of Newfoundland and
Labrador, while the Gulf of St. Lawrence receives the rest.