From my experience of living in “southern” Canadian cities, I’ve discovered that there is a huge disconnect between the truth about about seal hunting and the way that it is perceived by southern Canadians. Growing up in Nunavut, sealing was a natural part of life in my community. It never seemed strange, unethical, or cruel to me.
People around the world have long felt passionately about the welfare and protection of seals. Organizations like PETA, WWF, Greenpeace, and the extremist group Sea Shepherd, to name only a few, have long campaigned to have sealskin made illegal and for the seal hunt to be criminalized.
One of the major problems with the approach of these groups is their tendency to create generalization. They lump together all sealing industries, despite the differences in quality, viability, and necessity.