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Canada hunters start killing seals, tempers flare
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Mar 25, 5:27 PM (ET)

By Paul Darrow

OFF CANADA'S EAST COAST (Reuters) - Canadian hunters started shooting and clubbing harp seal pups on Saturday at the start of an annual hunt that is the focus of a tech-savvy protest by animal rights groups.

This year, 325,000 young seals will be killed on the ice floes off the East Coast where the animals gather.

Unusually warm weather means the floes are a fraction of their normal size and thickness, prompting hunters to kill the seals individually rather than clubbing them to death en masse as they cluster on the ice in pools of blood.

"It's slow going. The ice is not full of seals all over the place," said Roger Simon of Canada's federal fisheries ministry, which oversees the hunt.

The crack of rifle fire could be heard continually as hunters in boats shot seals as they lay on tiny floes and then dashed over to the bodies in hopes of retrieving them before they slipped off the ice and sank.

Once the animals are killed, they are skinned and taken into the hunters' boats. The pelt is taken to make coats while the rest of the carcass is usually left behind.

At one point a hunter, frustrated at the activists' presence, picked up the bloody carcass of a skinned seal and threw it at a small inflatable craft full of protesters and journalists. It hit the boat and sank.

One sealing boat steamed straight toward the journalists' craft and turned at the last moment, sending a wave crashing over the observers.

Canada says the hunt gives the local economy a crucial boost and helps keep a harp seal population of almost six million animals in check.

The Humane Society of the United States has chartered a 110-foot (30-meter) boat to follow the hunt and is putting film and videos of the killings on its Web site.

"It's disgusting when you stand out here and look at what the seals have been through already. They're clinging on for life as it is, thanks to the effects of global warming," said the society's Rebecca Aldworth.

"I'm really appalled the Canadian government continues to allow this slaughter. There's no need for anyone to be out here killing seals," she told Reuters from the hunting zone.

CANADA SAYS KILLINGS ARE HUMANE

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Canada was behaving responsibly and would enforce rules ensuring that the seals were killed humanely.

"Unfortunately here we're to some degree the victim of a bit of an international propaganda campaign," he said on Friday.

Celebrities such as former French film star Brigitte Bardot and ex-Beatle Paul McCartney called on Ottawa this week to stop the hunt.

Aldworth repeated calls for an international boycott of Canadian seafood to protest what she said was "incredible cruelty at the hunt, including dragging conscious seals across the ice with boathooks, shooting seals and leaving them to suffer in agony and skinning seals alive."

The first part of the hunt, which takes place near the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, usually takes about 10 to 12 days to complete. This year's quotes is just over 90,000 seals.

The second and larger stage, off the coast of Newfoundland, starts on April 4.

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classic joke: a seal walks into a club...
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It's the veal of the sea!

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My favorite

A penguin had to take his car for engine repair.

The mechanic told the penguin to leave his car with him for about two hours, to find out whats wrong.

The penguin goes across the street to a grocery store, climbs into a freezer and ate vanilla ice cream.

When the two hours was up the penguin went back to the garage to find out what happened to his car.

When the penguin entered the garage, the mechanic looked at him and said, "Looks like you blew a seal."

The penguin replied, "NO way, thats vanilla ice-cream!"
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classic joke: a seal walks into a club...
A baby seal walks into a bar and the bartender says,�What’ll ya have?� The seal says, “Anything but a Canadian Club!"

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address
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The clubbing of seals must stop. This long practice of violence against these creatures ought to be outlawed.
I call for the invasion of Canada and its annexation to the USA.
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While on the subject of clubbing, I call for the clubbing of anyone and everyone attempting to enter the US illegally, South of the border. [}:)]
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http://www.hsus.org

Follow this link and write to the Prime Minister. I did it right after Paul McCartney and his wife went to Newfoundland to film the seal clubbing. It is just plain cruel. Want to make me clubbing some of those fishermen.

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The seal population is threatning the fish population in that area. Don't let a bunch of tree huggers tell you any more lies.

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The clubbing of seals must stop. This long practice of violence against these creatures ought to be outlawed.
I call for the invasion of Canada and its annexation to the USA.
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While on the subject of clubbing, I call for the clubbing of anyone and everyone attempting to enter the US illegally, South of the border. [}:)]
I doubt you have been around them much, and you don't understand the harp seal. It is more common to see the majority of births in feburary when the weather gets better, but these things mate all year round and they are quite promiscuous! Due to human intervention their population is too large and soon due to fishing and a horde of hungry seals the fish and other sea creatures will be endangered.

They are hunted to control population, not because we think it's a jolly nice time.

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