As animal advocates get ready for
this year’s protests against Canadian seal clubbing (that takes
place in April), hunters on their part want the public to listen to
their reasons for continuing such practice. They claim that seal
clubbing is a humane operation closely monitored by Ottawa, and that
it is the best way of killing them. Moreover, they say it supports a
traditional way of life.
On the other hand, animal advocates
believe that "… this hunt is cruel and unsustainable and quite
frankly should have been ended many decades ago," as explained by
Rebecca Aldworth of the Humane Society of the United States. It is
estimated that in 2006 hunters made more than US$26 million from
pelts alone and the market for seal products such as seal oil, rich
in omega 3 fatty acids, is growing.
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