The seal hunt is an activity that has sparked quite a lot of controversy over the decades. Done mainly off the northeast coast of the province of Newfoundland, Canada, the killing of this species made the news time and time again, mostly because the ones attacked more often are the babies. Seal pups have a beautiful, pure white colour of fur that is easier to sell than their parents’. And, even though the aboriginals living in that area – the Inuit (formerly known as Eskimos) – use every single part of their bodies, right down to their intestines and bones, European descendants do not. They often don’t even eat the meat, their only interest lying in the sale of the furs.
Let’s back up a bit and study the importance of this animal over the years. As I’ve mentioned, the Inuit have been traditionally hunting it since as far back as 4000 years ago. They always followed the most ecological way of killing the animals, thanking their spirits for the food and clothes they needed and using the intestines as thread and the bones as jewellery. Then, the Europeans arrived.