The annual seal hunt is one of the most disturbing and barbaric activities on this earth. Every year, almost 400, 000 seals are clubbed and prodded to death for their fur. They are not stunned prior to being beaten making this one of the most barbaric methods for killing animals imaginable.
Norway is the first country to end government funding for the seal hunt and it is the first time in decades that this kind of action has been taken. What this means is that despite the tradition, there is a shift away from this activity. With the government pulling funding, this could potentially save thousands of seals from unnecessary slaughter every year.
The Nordic countries are so far ahead of us in regards to animal rights and environmental preservation efforts. They are world leaders in these areas setting the bar high for the rest of us and we are sorely lagging behind.
With Norway ending its funding of this yearly slaughter, there is an opportunity for the other participating countries to take note. Canada, Greenland, and Namibia participate in the yearly hunt that contributes to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of seals every year. I'd like to think that the remaining countries would recognize that this hunt is incredibly unnecessary but there has been protest of the seal hunt in Canada for years.
It's sad to admit considering our values as a country that we support an activity this heinous. I have said time and time again that our country, despite being incredibly progressive and empathetic to the needs of people, is very behind in the animal rights department. As you all know, I am currently fighting for our bestiality laws to be upgraded and have been met with a cold reception at every turn. Quite surprisingly, despite the shift in our people's attitudes towards animals, our government hasn't gotten the message yet. It is my hope that Canada wakes up and realizes it needs to step up for animals especially as Norway demonstrates compassion in the face of animal abuse.
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**This story was published in 2015 but after searching online I discovered that the lack of demand for seal products has virtually abolished the seal hunt in Norway. 2017 saw not a single boat head out for the annual hunt!
Stay educated and remain involved in animal welfare. Together, we can all make a difference!