As societies adapt to new ideologies and technologies, so too must their cultural practices. Culture adapts to society. Society does not adapt to culture. Consider that Mayan child sacrifice, female genital mutilation, Chinese foot binding, apartheid and racism, whaling and homophobia were at one time considered acceptable cultural norms. Today these practices are considered taboo. Canada can no longer hold the world to ransom in support of this iniquitous industry.
The commercial seal hunt has become universally despised. Products derived from this hunt have been banned in the USA, Mexico, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, the 27 nations of the EU and even Taiwan, formerly the world's 3rd largest importer of seal oil, has now banned imports. This is due to the inherent cruelty that is involved. Several desperate attempts by the Canadian government to make deals with China have backfired. Gail Shea, minister of the DFO has been labelled a racist, guilty of cultural imperialism; this after she made unwarranted comments that "the Chinese will eat anything."