Animal welfare and the harp seal hunt in Atlantic Canada

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Title Animal welfare and the harp seal hunt in Atlantic Canada
Author(s) Pierre Y. Daoust, Alice D. Crook, T. K. Bollinger, K. G. Campbell, J. Wong
Journal The Canadian Veterinary Journal. La Revue Veterinaire Canadienne
Date 2002
Volume 43
Issue 9
Start page 687
End page 694
Abstract Much attention has been given over the years to animal welfare issues surrounding the seal hunt in Atlantic Canada. However, very little information is available on this subject in the scientific literature. This article reports the results of observations made by representatives of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association at the hunt in recent years and compares them with observations made by members of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. The conclusion is that the large majority of seals taken during this hunt (at best, 98% in work reported here) are killed in an acceptably humane manner. However, the small proportion of animals that are not killed effectively justifies continued attention to this hunt on the part of the veterinary profession.

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