2011 LIVE FROM THE ICE
The Canadian government will allow the killing of 468,200 harp, grey, and hooded seals this year, an increase of 80,000 from 2010. The 2011 harp seal quota is the highest set since the Canadian government introduced quota management in 1971. Today’s kill levels meet and exceed those of the 1950s and 1960s, when overhunting reduced the harp seal population by as much as two-thirds. HSI will be posting HSI Canada Director Rebecca Aldworth's daily updates during this year's seal hunt.
2011 marks the thirteenth year that Rebecca has observed the cruel and unnecessary Canadian seal hunt. Read her daily updates here.
An excerpt from Rebecca's latest entry: "I can't think of another commercial slaughter, anywhere in the world, where the targets are so young and entirely helpless. To me, there is something so profoundly cowardly about killing the defenseless young of a species—many of whom have not yet even eaten their first solid meal..."