Should Sweden authorize a licensed seal hunt?

A seal in eastern Sweden. (Kjell Henning / Scanpix Sweden / AFP )
A seal in eastern Sweden. (Kjell Henning / Scanpix Sweden / AFP )

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency has asked the government to authorize a seal hunt to limit a growing seal population along the Swedish coasts that they say is damaging the fishing industry, reports Swedish Radio news.

But Mikael Karlsson, from the Society for Nature Conservation, is against the proposal. “We’ve waited until the population is big and strong before trying to authorize a hunt that lacks motives,” Karlsson says.

He says the fishing industry does more damage to the fish population than seals do.

A current wildlife control hunt in place for seals allows for the hunting of up to a few hundred every year.

It is still unclear how many seals would be hunted in any eventual licensed hunt.

Radio Sweden

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2 thoughts on “Should Sweden authorize a licensed seal hunt?

  • Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 18:42

    I wonder if they will eat the seals or just waste them?

  • Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 09:19

    I do not agree with allowing a seal hunt. There is too much of these brutal slaying going on of our marine life. Leave them be – they’re not going to kill off all the fish with the multiple fish eggs that are produced by each when they spawn.

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