This first week is usually the most brutal, with thousands of seal pups being killed daily.
About 95% of the seals killed in the commercial seal ‘hunt’ are 3 weeks to 3 months old.
These pups are killed mainly for their fur. They are skinned so that their skins can be processed into fur coats, jackets, and accessories; and their carcasses are left on the ice.
In 2017, the DFO authorized the killing of 4,000 adult harp seals by Newfoundland sealers, specifically for one Canadian company that said that it had an order for seal blubber to be used to produce seal oil capsules. The DFO did not provide the final kill figures specific to this kill.
You can help end this atrocity:
Send a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson and others here
More information about the seal hunt on the Harpseals.org webpage.