"The group (IVWG) notes that the Canadian Harp Seal Hunt is professional and highly regulated by comparison with seal hunts in Greenland and the North Atlantic. It has the potential to serve as a model to improve humane practices and reduce animal suffering within other hunts."
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Welfare vs. Rights - Know the Difference?
So what is the difference between animal welfare and animal rights? For those of you who think there isn't much difference, you will be shocked. A difference which anyone who contributes money to helping animals should definitely understand. Animal welfare is an ideal that has been around for over one hundred years. An ideal that decrees it is our responsibility as human beings to provide animals with the proper housing, nutrition, treatment, protection and humane euthanasia when necessary. For hunting and harvesting this would include responsible management to ensure conservation and humane harvesting techniques. Animal rights sprouted in the 1960's and believes that human beings are equal to all other animals. Basically, when you catch a mouse in a trap it's the same as crushing your child's skull.
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