Canada is a vast and diverse country with communities large and
small from coast to coast to coast. From small outposts in
Newfoundland and Labrador to remote Arctic communities, we respect the
cultures of those who hunt animals for food and income while ensuring
practices are humane and protect our biodiversity.
Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette
Hunting is a fact of life for many Canadians, especially our First
Nations and Inuit. Seals, who are in abundance in Canadian waters,
represent an important source of food and income for many. The seal
harvest provides food, fur, leather, oil, and handicrafts. In fact,
Canadians who take Omega-3 capsules to prevent and treat hypertension,
diabetes, arthritis and other health problems, may be taking small
daily doses of seal oil.
Liberal senators support the people in remote communities who depend
on the seal hunt. In most sealing communities, other sources of
revenue are rare and rates of unemployment are up to 30% higher than
the national average. For them, the seal harvest is essential to
survival. For many Aboriginal communities, the seal hunt is an
essential part of their identity, their culture and tradition.
Liberal senators also support efforts to ensure that the seal hunt
is humane. A study by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
found that virtually all seals hunted were in fact killed humanely. It
is also important to note that the seal population is healthy and
abundant and that the seal hunt is carried out according to sound
conservation principles and is regulated by the Government of Canada’s
Department of Fisheries and Oceans.