But, to do so with any hope of making a significant decline in grey seals would cost too much ... unless, of course, they could be sold.
However, there is no market for grey seals. For the last several decades, the federal government has tried to placate east coast voters by developing markets for seal products, including meat, leather, fur, heart valves for human surgery patients, oils, and, yes- genitals.
But now, the harp seals are not to be killed until they are about two weeks old (no longer "babies" in the eyes of the government and industry) and even then, most former markets have rejected the product and the major buyer has stopped buying.
The very different grey seal has never been marketable, however. And, of a quota of 60,000 last year, DFO admits that only 82 were killed.
They all know, of course, that the product does not work. Unfortunately, that doesn't stop those desperate to try whatever holds the promise of enhanced virility.
And, apparently that's just fine with Mr. Harper, his government, and the Fur Institute of Canada - the latter having made the proposal, in the interest of killing 140,000 grey seals over a five year period in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.
The plan, secretly tabled in March 2014, promotes use of "every part" of the dead seal. "The penises of juvenile and adult animals may be dried and sold as sexual enhance products, particularly to Asian buyers," says the institute, according to reporters who obtained the report.