Paid for by Canadian Tax Dollars:
If there was a reason behind killing
seals, then it would be understandable
why the Canadian government spends
Canadian tax dollars to subsidize this
1. Most of the meat is not used. Only
Taiwan and South Korea purchase seal
2. Most countries including the USA and
European nations ban the importation of
3. There is no scientific justification
for the kill.
Truth is, there is no market or
scientific reasoning behind the kill,
therefore money has to be used to create
markets for these products. A quote by
John Efford the minister of Fisheries
and Aquaculture in 1998 proves this:
'I would like to see the 6 million
seals, or whatever number is out there,
killed and sold, or destroyed or burned.
I do not care what happens to them ...
the more they kill the better I will
An economic analysis of the hunt done by
a professor from the University Of
Guelph revealed the hunt provides 100 -
150 full times jobs a year, at a cost of
$30 000 - $50 000 each. This does not
include the thousands of part time jobs.
In the late 1990s 20 million was pumped
into subsidies for the sealing industry.
While those subsidies have been phased
out they have been replaced. One example
is the funding of a seal processing
plant in Quebec.
These governmental organizations provide
subsidies and the numbers are not
disclosed to tax payers: Atlantic Canada
Opportunities Agency, Human Resources
Development Canada. Ice breaking
services for the hunt are provided by
the Canadian Coast Guard.
Canadian tax money is also spent to
promote the seal hunt in Europe and
elsewhere in order to open new markets.
Money is spent into research for the
development of 'seal products' such as
We will never know how much is actually
spent on the hunt as these numbers are
not released to Canadian citizens.