This time of year is tough for all of us who work to end the commercial seal hunt in Canada. With the arrival of warmer temperatures comes the devastating knowledge that the slaughter of baby harp seals will begin on the east coast.
The Canadian government has set the 2015 quota at 400,000 harp seals, 60,000 grey seals and 8,200 hooded seals.
This year, government officials have refused to share any information regarding the hunt, citing privacy concerns. But so far, it appears as though only a single boat took part in the Gulf hunt - which opened mid-March - reportedly hunting for seal meat for the local butcher on the Magdalen Islands. We will be watching to see if hunters from the Magdalen Islands dump the seal pelts in the ocean as they have done in previous years, or if they will achieve their goal of sending 20,000 seal skins to a tannery in Normandin, Quebec, that received half a million dollars in government funding last year for this purpose.
WARNING: This video from 2012 contains graphic material.
IFAW has spent decades documenting what really happens at Canada's commercial seal hunt. The same cruelty and waste happens year after year. Watch the video, see for yourself.