Hundreds of thousands of seals are killed each year for their pelts,
meat, oil (sold as a health supplement) and penises (used to make
aphrodisiacs in Asian markets). The majority are hunted in Canada.
Younger seals are usually killed with clubs or hakapiks (an ice-pick like weapon).
Older seals are usually shot from a distance with a riffle. Some seals
don't die instantly and escape the hunters to die a slow and painful
Seal Being Killed
The Canadian seal hunt takes place during the season when babies are
born. The killing of white-furred babies in commercial hunts has been
banned. However, there are no regulations against killing them for
'personal use' or killing their mothers. When the babies are 12
days old and lose their baby fur, they are allowed to be killed
commercially. The majority of seals killed are less than a year old. Many
seals are still alive and conscious while being skinned.
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