Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans reports that from Monday through today sealers have landed 11,654 harps seal pups.
This is the number of pups they have killed and skinned.
It does not include the seals who were injured but got away, who probably bled to death slowly.
Almost all of the harp seals killed are pups between 3 weeks and 3 months of age.
In many years, thousands of harp seal pups drown before they are able to swim due to a lack of sturdy sea ice.
This year, the sea ice of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, a major pupping area, is now very poor.
Most of the area is ice-free. This means that most of the seal pups who were born on the ice have probably drowned.