Letter: Seal hunt should be encouraged, not shut down

Published on March 27, 2017

A sealing vessel moves along the edge of an icefield in the Gulf of St. Lawrence searching for animals to hunt in this file photo taken a few years ago from a helicopter chartered by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

©James McLeod/The Telegram file photo

We have an exploding seal population, our crab and shrimp stocks are declining at a fast rate, our caplin are at an all-time low and our cod stocks are not developing as fast as they should.

The anti-sealing groups are condemning our seal hunt and one of their reasons is that we are not fully utilizing the animal, but let’s face facts — there is nothing that we can do to satisfy them as long as the bleeding hearts are funding them. There is no difference in killing a seal than in killing a pig, cow, sheep, chicken or any other animal.

The last 20 years we have been searching for a market for seal skins, fat, meat and organs. A small company established in Fleur de Lys has finally found that market and had that order partly filled when, lo and behold, what does the federal Department of Fisheries do? They shut down the hunt.

A few more days of harvesting older seals when they are at their prime could have filled that order, and could have led to many more if well received by this new market.

I have always said that DFO is more concerned with the anti-sealing groups than they are with what’s happening in the ocean and the rural communities around the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Where are our politicians? It’s time for them to start earning their money.

We have upset the balance of nature in the Atlantic Ocean and we have to work together to regain that balance.

So far, I have seen the complete opposite.

 

Capt. Wilfred Bartlett, retired
Green Bay South
wilfbartlett@hotmail.com