Hunting seals has always been an important food source for Canada's Inuit people. For both the Inuit and along parts of the Gulf of St Lawrence and the eastern coastal areas of Canada, products made from seal were an important source of additional income, which has been diminished greatly be anti-sealing campaigns
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Proposal for a Canadian nation-wide “seal products day”


A Canadian Senator wants to promote Inuit, and other community seal hunting here in Canada, in light of the ongoing difficulties caused by a European Union ban on seal products, and general public misconceptions about the seal hunt in this country.

The Honourable Celine Hervieux-Payette is the member of the Canadian Senate who is proposing the idea in Bill S-224, “An Act respecting National Seal and Seafood Products Day”


The day is deliberately proposed for May 20, the day that marks the end of the seal hunting season in Canada which runs from mid-March to mid-May. But it is also the day that the European Union celebrates its “Maritime Day”.

Senator Celine Hervieux-Payette during a visit to the Arctic region in 2010. Photo from her website promoting her bill for a “National Seal and Seafood Products Day” ©  Celine Hervieux-Payette

On the Senator’s website, a text reads,

“In a difficult economic climate in which the legitimacy of the seal harvest has been opposed by lobbies who succeeded in getting the European Union to boycott Canadian seal products and delaying the opening of the Chinese market for these products, National Seal and Seafood Products Day would be evidence of the Parliament of Canada’s unwavering support for this activity and for people who make their living harvesting marine resources.  National Seal and Seafood Products Day will be an opportunity to celebrate our coastal communities, to pay tribute to their hard work and draw the attention of Canadians to quality “Made in Canada” products”

The Senator points out that seal hunting for food and for the manufacturing and selling of products such as seal fur clothing, is a heritage tradition. It is also a very important source of additional income for Inuit in the Arctic and elsewhere in other coastal areas of Canada, notably in Quebec and the maritime provinces, especially Newfoundland and Labrador.

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7 comments on “Proposal for a Canadian nation-wide “seal products day”
  1. Avatar Jessica Beckner says:

    It’s ridiculous that they do this hunt! This needs to stop! These are babies and living being not for us to bash until they die and take their fur! I hate it and I’m against it!

  2. Avatar Jmacc says:

    I don’t see the seal hunt any differently than any other hunt of an abundant species, why some people suggest that only ‘some’ people should be allowed to use this resource in a limited way escapes reason. What’s best for this planet?
    Make the most of what you have where you are,
    If you’re going to kill it use it all,
    use locally available resources in a sustainable way,
    don’t waste anything,
    the seal hunt clearly meets all of those standards.
    A seal jacket will last more than a lifetime isn’t that better than a petroleum based jacket that lasts a season?

    Wear your seal products proudly, Canada!

  3. Avatar James Woodworth says:

    One thing that would definately help in defending the seal hunt would be for our gouverment to remove the charitable status of groups such as IFAW and PETA who use incorrect information to deliberately mislead people.Attacks on legitimate industries (such as sealing) is industrial espionage.

  4. I would support Bill S-224 as long as it restricts the hunting of seals to only Inuit & Native peoples, who provide the meat only for the consumption of their immediate family and dependents and never sell it as a product. The manufacture and sale of products, such as seal fur, must be restricted to those who have engaged in this traditional activity prior to the arrival of Europeans to the Americas. I have not had time to read this proposal, but would hope that it covers the needs and wishes of these aboriginal hunters and their communities.

    • Avatar Delilah Glover-Delage says:

      Why? Do others not deserve to make a living. Do those who can’t go to hunt need to be punished because they have no family that hunts. Do those who love the meat and are willing to pay to eat it not have the right too?

    • Avatar Delilah DeLage says:

      For those who take the narrow minded the seal hunt is just for Inuit and Native peoples is falling into the trap set by the animal rights activists. The people on the east coast and any community should be alloted the same consideration given that the seal quota is not being met and the animals are utilized head-to-toe.
      The animals need to be controlled. Either we control the numbers of animals or nature will do it for us. Nature is by no means nor stretch of the imagination, humane and sensitive to the animals as humans are. Humans are the part of humane not nature. The east coast seal hunt is humane, sustainable and ethical.
      Where ever and whenever possible, promoting local markets will allow this to happen even more so. The Inuit and Natives need strong markets and ending ara propaganda and supporting a diverse sealing industry is the only way to do this.
      Please don’t give into ara propaganda on how “bad” the east coast seal hunt is when we have bent over backwards for the ara and all they do is take from us. They are taking away a human food industry, an animal food industry, a fur industry, a health food industry and so many other product industry’s that are viable through the use of this natural resource. We need to work together to make this into modern industries that will benefit all who are in it.
      I am a sealmeat eater from the east coast and without a sealing industry people like myself will be denied one of the best, healthiest, available meals the oceans has to offer. 7 -10 million seals is not an endangered species. Seal hunting is one of the most regulated industries in the world with trained sealers. Why would destroying this industry take precedence over cleaning up our environment and the plastics in the ocean? Good stewardship means a sealhunt.

  5. Avatar Project Share says:

    I agree with promoting this important source of livelihood for Inuit peoples.

    Whatever legislation is passed it need to honor the rights and roles of the Inuit peoples in the preservation of : Industry( where they have limited alternatives) needing legal and physical boundaries.
    2.a species ( with science based planning for their health, growth in numbers, humane slaughter,and restrictions upon outside ” farrow-to-finish competitors ( geographic delineations)