Przez wieki społeczności Kanadyjskie, szczególnie tzw. Eskimosi słynęli z uboju fok. Oczywiście stanowiąca większość populacji, jest przeciwna zabijaniu tych morskich istot, uważając to za “nieludzkie”.
Polowanie na foki jest ważną częścią kultury północnej społeczności Kanady- jest to ich główny środek dochodowy, a przede wszystkim sposób utrzymania. Czy zatem mamy prawo twierdzić, że jest to nieludzkie, skoro na świecie istnieje mnóstwo rzeźni, ubojni, które zajmują się podobnymi sprawami? ( mowa o ubojni krów, świń itp) Czy nie jest to egoistyczne spojrzenie na rzeczywistość ze strony reszty?
Canada has come under fire many times in the last few decades for seal hunting. This practise has been deemed inhumane and as a result seal products have been banned in many countries around the world, including the European Union. Because this topic is so controversial, much of the information has been sensationalized and tends to be very biased. One of the most common incorrect criticisms about the industry is that it is unsustainable. This means that the seals are being hunted in such extreme numbers that populations cannot recover. However this is not true. Seal populations remain very healthy across the country, despite hitting cull and/or hunting quotas from lows of 80 000 to highs of 400 000 per year. The method of killing has also been heavily criticized. The most common way is to crush the skull of the seal after it has been stunned. For reference, livestock is stunned and then suspended before major vessels are cut and the animal bleeds to death.
Seal hunting remains an important part of Inuit culture in the Canadian north. Seals are hunted by the Inuit for their livelihood, both for sustenance and for income. It is a traditional practise than has been embedded into many communities of Inuit across the North and has taken place for hundreds if not thousands of years. If seal hunting was outright banned in Canada, this would severely impair and even devastate these small communities as the selling of pelts and meat is their main and often the only source of income. The criticism of this industry in respect to the Inuit is a cruel double standard. The killing of animals is a grisly reality of life and in some cases survival. Calling the killing of seals inhumane is ignorant to the highly commercialised slaughter houses found across the world. It is ignorant to sport hunting. And most of all it is ignorant to delicacies such as veal or foie gras. The pictures shown of seal slaughters is of course horrifying, (but no more horrifying than inside a commercial slaughterhouse - there is a reason photos and videos inside slaughterhouses are typically illegal). The red blood of the seals is a beacon of extreme contrast on the white ice and snow. But don’t be fooled in thinking that the pork, poultry or beef you consume didn’t bleed before it made it onto your plate.
The only credible debates against seal hunting is the necessity of controlling populations and increasing problems due to global warming. Other than pelts, seals have been hunted to such extreme numbers due being labelled a pest and damaging the cod populations. However, there have been many good arguments over the years stating seals are simply being used as a scapegoat for overfishing and are not to blame. But even with the resulting extreme cull, populations are still healthy and have increased dramatically in the last 50 years. The other argument against seal hunting is global warming. Seal pups need ice to survive, as the world warms up there is less and less ice for them. This argument states that we need to not put stress on the populations due to the increasing stress that global warming is putting them in.
My name is Madison. I am from Alberta, Canada. I like to read books, go hiking and explore new cities. Even though I am Canadian, I don't watch hockey and I don't like snow. I graduated from The University of Lethbridge in 2018 after studying English Literature and Art History for six years. I have travelled to the Mexican state, Nayarit and to Tokyo, Japan. I hope to travel all over the world.