This year’s seal hunt began last week, and it will continue until mid-May or even June, according to Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of Humane Society International (HSI).
Warning: Graphic photos below.
Aldworth has spent 18 years documenting Canada’s seal hunts, and she finds this time of year to be particularly difficult.
“For me, it’s the knowledge of how much those baby seals are suffering,” Aldworth told The Dodo. “Every year, I witnessed wounded seals left to crawl through their own blood, conscious seals impaled on boat hooks, dragged across the ice and cut open; and wounded seals escaping beneath the water's surface, where they die slowly and painfully.”