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Should Canada Continue to Allow the Hunting of Seals?

 

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On Monday November 25, 2013, the World Trade Organization upheld the European Union's 2009 decision to effectively ban the importation of seal products:

http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news13_e/400_401r_e.htm

The federal government of Canada immediately planned on appealing the ruling:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/canada-to-appeal-wto-ruling-on-eu-seal-ban-1.1559167

 

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No, Canada should stop the hunting of seals

Yes, Canada should continue allowing the seal hunt

Ethical Treatment

The current practices used by hunters are often inhumane.

Ethical Treatment

The Independant Veterans Working Group developed a three step method that is a mandatory part of the seal hunt by all hunters. This method is as humane as methods used in other wild and domestic animal slaughters3.

Ecology

The high hunting quotas could negatively disrupt the marine ecology 1.  More than a million seals have been killed in the last five years alone, and some studies have put into quetion the accuracy of reported populations and quota calculations2.  

Ecology

The seal population is monitored closely and maintained.  The department of fisheries and oceans posts their information on seal populations and their changes over time3.  Over the past years, populations have been maintained.

Economics

The seal hunt is subsidized by the Canadian government2 which implies that the industry would not be self sustaining.  The seal hunting industry gives Canada a negative reputation, which harms our other industries.  Any economic benefits will be short lived if the seal population is not maintained.

Economics

The seal hunt is good for the Canadian economy.  The seal hunt has a long tradition and adds additional income to fishermen in the north3.

 

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References

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seal_hunting#cite_note-heritage.nf.ca-14

2.  http://m.humanesociety.org/issues/seal_hunt/facts/about_seal_hunt.html#.UqsM9bu9KSN

3.  http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/seal-phoque/index-eng.htm

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