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Seals and the Seal Hunt in the News

Harp Seal PupIn 2003, the Canadian government stunned the world with the announcement that it would allow the killing of almost one million seals over three years. In fact, over one million seal pups were killed from 2003 to 2005.

Since then millions of seal pups have been killed in the name of vanity. They are skinned so that their skins can be processed into fur coats, jackets, and accessories; and their carcasses are left on the ice.

Below is a summary of the number of seal pups killed over the years. The numbers are approximate.

Years Range of number of seals killed Average number of seals killed
1952 – 1971 (quota starts) 188,000 - 389,000 288,000
1972 – 1982 (year before EU whitecoat killing ban) 123,000 - 202,000 160,000
1983 – 1995 (markets developed for beaters' pelts) 19,000 - 94,000 52,000
1996 – 2008 (year before EU comprehensive ban) 218,000 - 366,000 265,000
2009 - 2013 38,000 - 90,000 68,000

 

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