The Atlantic Canadian Anti-Sealing Coalition has informed on their website that for a second year in a row, the seal hunt that takes place at Main-à-Dieu, has been cancelled. Hay Island
According to coastalradio.ca, the sealers had an agreement with a buyer for a couple hundred grey seal pelts, but the deal fell through. The article states two factors as responsible for the cancelling of the hunt. Robert Courtney explained that one of the factors was that the sealers were not able to complete paperwork for the Department of Fisheries. The second reason is that certain countries are not allowing the seal products.
In 2011, Robert Courtney claimed that the sealers had found a buyer for the whole quota of 2,200 pelts although it only a few hundred were sold. It is encouraging to animal advocates that in 2012 and 2013 their hunt was cancelled. Bridget Curran, director of the Atlantic Canadian Anti-Sealing Coalition, told CTV news that she is happy that the sealers are taking another year off and markets for seal products are shrinking.
Taiwan, The Russian Federation, European Union and the United States of America have banned seal products.
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