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LETTER: Seals on the streets

Seals at the mouth of Eastern Brook in Roddickton-Bide Arm. Brendon Fitzpatrick, who took the photo, tweeted that seals have been around the brook for the past few weeks. He was concerned they might be starving. - Photo courtesy of Brendon Fitzpatrick
Seals at the mouth of Eastern Brook in Roddickton-Bide Arm. Brendon Fitzpatrick, who took the photo, tweeted that seals have been around the brook for the past few weeks. He was concerned they might be starving. - Photo courtesy of Brendon Fitzpatrick - Contributed

Regarding the seals in Roddickton, animal rights groups would rather see them starve, than have a hunt that is both humane and sustainable.

But much of the problem is that 30 years or so the Canadian Sealers Association (CSA) put a big roadblock in terms of who can hunt seals.

Hardly any people with a sealing licence now.

There were 13 seals off the old Ferry wharf here at Black Duck Cove, Twillingate, a few days ago. Back in the day before the CSA lobbied DFO to take away outport people’s right to shoot a seal, there would have been young men harvesting those seals and a number of people would have had a fine feed for supper.

It is mostly senior citizens today who have the right to shoot a seal ... and the interest is no longer there.

So sad to see our traditional freedoms, the things that made outport life so good, being taken away by our own people and unknowing government and DFO officials.

Our traditional and heritage rights to shoot a seal should be reinstated immediately.

Sometimes greed has unintended consequences.

David Boyd

Twillingate

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