Proud of my province, but not the seal hunt
I am writing to voice my concern about the Newfoundland commercial seal hunt.
Since I’ve learned about the seal hunt, I’ve come to realize that it reflects poorly on our beautiful province. I understand that the seal hunt was once an important and vital part of Newfoundland history and culture, but it does not hold the same value today.
Currently, Newfoundlanders slaughter between 30,000 and 66,000 seals per year, although the quota is set at over 400,000 seals. Clearly, there is a lack of demand and interest in the product, seal meat is not a staple in the Newfoundland diet, and it is a fact that most seals are killed for fur. Why do we allow this to happen? We should stop killing young seals. Instead, we can start investing in tourism and incorporating seals into our tourism industry.
According to Blacklock’s Reporter, the seal hunt ran a $2-million deficit after calculating the export value and the cost of monitoring the hunt. The seal hunt is very unstable, as year after year markets for seal products get smaller. Ten years ago the number of landed pelts exceeded 300,000, a number that is no longer achievable since the European Union banned imported seal products.
Our government still continues to spend money lobbying against the ban, but it is evident that countries are willing to defend their ethics and hold the ban for many years to come.
I have tried to contact my MP, Nick Whalen, twice on the topic but have not received a response. It is disappointing to see think he will not sit down and have a discussion with his constituents on this ssue.
I love my province, I take pride in where I am from, but I am not proud of the commercial seal hunt. Seals need their skin more than we need do.