Over 1 million seals killed:
In between 2001 - 2005 over 1 million
seals were reported killed. Some
scientists estimate that for every seal
that is reported, 1 death goes
unreported. These bodies usually slip
under the ice.
The Canadian government claims that this
hunt will not harm the seal population
but the facts dispute this. When
Europeans initially landed there were an
estimated 30 million seals. At this time
the ocean was considered to be
bottomless, it was believed that the
fish population would never be exhausted
for human consumption. The population of
seals declined to 2 million in the
1970s. After a USA and European ban on
pelts the seal population recovered from
low 1970 levels to 5.2 million in 1996.
Seals at this point in time were only at
20% of their original numbers.
Fast forward to the year 2006. The
Canadian fishing industry has collapsed.
Fishermen in the East coast of Canada
are unemployed. The Canadian government
cannot blame itself for mismanaging the
fishing industry. Instead it is using
the seals as scapegoats. It is finding
work for these fishermen and paying them
to kill seals.
In the late 1990s seal hunting starts
again, the seal population is being
decimated faster than it can recover.
In 2001 sealers slaughtered 275 000
In 2002 sealers slaughtered a reported
312 000 seals.
In 2003 sealers slaughtered a reported
283 497 seals.
In 2004 sealers slaughtered 365 971
In 2005 sealers slaughtered 317 672
The numbers keep increasing every year,
while the seal population keeps
declining. Furthermore the above numbers
to do take into consideration what
fishermen refer to as 'struck and
lost'. This consists of the seals that
slip into the icy water. It is widely
believed that for every seal reported
killed 1 goes unreported. This would
easily make the number of seals killed
since the year 2001 over 3 million.