Stop the Killing of Seals


A friend posted the clip of baby seals being killed in Canada and Norway that had inspired me to post this:

Canada and Norway advocated seal hunting because they had attributed dwinding marine stocks to seals.

‘Killing a baby seal is about the easiest thing you can do if you’re inclined to be sadistic; you certainly can’t say there’s any sport in it – the animal is totally defenceless,’ said Paul Watson, founder and president of the radical Sea Shepherd group.
Some argue that over-fishing is the cause of devastated fish stocks. Seals, they point out, have happily coexisted with other marine life for most of their history.
‘Our position is more seals, more fish,’ said Watson. ‘The biggest predator of fish like cod is other fish – and seals keep fish like that in check.’

Studies should be properly conducted before the killing is done to determine if seals are really the cause of the dwindling fishes population.


Source of article: It’s the new sport for tourists: killing baby seals by Juliette Jowit and Hildegunn Soldal Sunday October 3, 2004

Some campaigners have disputed the fishermen’s claims that there is a link between seals and the decline in fish stocks. ‘That’s never been scientifically proven,’ added Maren Esmark, marine conservation officer for the Norwegian branch of wildlife charity WWF.

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