Tradition or Brutal Murder: the Controversial Seal Hunt

Inuit Embrace
Inuit Embrace (Photo credit: ImageMD)

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.

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  1. Great post and challenging questions. I am in the camp that thinks the Inuit and the people who depend on the seal hunt need to be cut some slack on this. Many of the latter group depend on fishing and sealing for a living. Having said this, I still see myself as a strong environmentalist who believes economic interests at the corporate level should not outweigh environmental interests and traditional ways of life. In truth, much of our environmental movement has grown into a corporate process and is not serving the people well.


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