Canadian Attitudes towards Seal Hunting - 2010
The following Seals and Sealing Network Study was conducted using TNS Canadian Facts' national bi--weekly telephone omnibus service. A total of 1,017 nationally representative Canadian adults were interviewed between April 12 and 18, 2010. For a survey sample this size, the margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
Logistical Evaluation of Options to Manage the Grey Seal Population on Sable Island
CBCL Limited was contracted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to examine the logistics and costs associated with two options for managing the grey seal population on Sable Island. The options examined in this report as required by the Statement of Work (see Appendix A) issued by DFO are:
i) a targeted population reduction, i.e., 100,000 animals removed in the first year, with 30,000 removed in each of the subsequent four years; and
ii) the implementation of an immunocontraceptive vaccine program targeting 16,000 female grey seals each year for five years.
Animal welfare aspects of the killing and skinning of seals (EFSA)
Annex A
Annex B
Opinion
Summary
In September 2006, the Council of Europe adopted a recommendation on seal hunting inviting member and observer states to ban all cruel seal hunting methods and to prohibit the stunning of animals with instruments such as hakapiks, bludgeons and guns. A written declaration was then adopted by the European Parliament requesting the Commission to draft a regulation to ban the import, export and sale of all harp and hooded seal products, whilst ensuring that this measure would not have an impact on traditional hunting (e.g. Inuit). The Commission undertook to make an assessment of the animal welfare aspects of the killing and skinning of seals and asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to issue a scientific opinion on this matter as well as to assess the most appropriate killing methods which reduce unnecessary pain, distress and suffering.>
Improving Humane Practice in the Canadian Harp Seal Hunt
The Independent Veterinarians' Working Group (IVWG) on the Canadian Harp Seal Hunt was formed in May 2005 to contribute to the promotion of animal welfare, and to minimize or eliminate animal suffering within the context of the hunt.
Animal welfare and the harp seal hunt in Atlantic Canada
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.
Marine Mammal Regulations
Canadian marine mammal regulations outlining the rules under which the seal hunt as well as other marine harvesting is to take place.
The Royal Commission on Seals and the Sealing Industry in Canada
Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3
In 1984 a Commission chaired by Albert H. Malouf was mandated by the Government of Canada to review all matters pertaining to seals and the sealing industry in Canada, to assemble relevant information and to make recommendations on implications of this information for the development of policy. The process would provide an opportunity for all interested parties to present any evidence they desired to assist the commission in drawing it's conclusions and making it's recommendations. To date the only argument the anti sealing industry has against the findings of this report is the attempted blanket discrediting of it because it was commissioned by the Government of Canada, a tactic which has been effectively employed by the anti groups for over 30 years. >
Concept Scrutiny, Prototype Development and Field Evaluation of Improved Fur Seal Slaughtering Techniques
Recognizing that "clubbing" is aesthetically unpleasing, the United States National Marine Fisheries Service(NMFS) sponsored several research programs with the objective of finding a more acceptable technique. The NMFS reports and this report could not find a reasonable alternative.
Report of the Task Force to Study Alternative Methods of Havesting Fur Seals
In the 1960's three separate studies took place to identify whether an alternative method could be found for harvesting Fur seals in the Pribilof Islands which would be more or as humane as the current clubbing method but more aesthetically pleasing. The test could not find another method which would meet the criteria. Interestingly, Brian Davies, founder of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, participated in the study which killed seals in many inhumane ways to test different killing methods.
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