The slaughter, which proponents argue is a tradition that dates back centuries in Inuit culture, targets seals that are about 3 to 4 months old for their meat but more so for their pelts. Many people argue that the approved method for killing -- clubbing -- is inhumane.
"It will never come back to previous levels," said Sheryl Fink, wildlife campaigns director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. "Europeans don't want products from an inhumane, wasteful and unnecessary industry."
The Humane Society is leading the charge against the hunt, calling on people to boycott Canadian seafood and seal products, and urge Prime Minister Harper to shut down the industry for good with a federal buyout. You can find out more about efforts to stop the hunt and how you can help here.
You can see aerial video of the seal hunt here. [Warning: Footage contains graphic images]