Seals and sealing

Topic Selected: Animal Rights

General Article icon Type: General Article
This article is 5 years old. Click here to view the latest articles for this topic.

Sealing around the world

Sealing is important to the people of coastal communities throughout the world. People in Australia, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Greenland, Iceland, Namibia, Norway, Russia, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States all hunt seals.

Conservation

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the largest and most respected conservation organisation in the world, supports the sustainable use of seals and other wildlife, as long as this is from abundant populations.
North Atlantic Harp seal populations increased from 1.8 million in the 1980s to 5.4 to 5.8 million today – a three-fold increase.
Seal hunting is undertaken as a managed hunt or cull in many parts of the world. As such, regulations as to how seals can be hunted, who can hunt them, and how many are taken are applied. Each adult seal eats from one to 1.4 metric tonnes of fish, annually. Maintaining a healthy balance of the marine e

Would you like to see the rest of this article and all the other benefits that Issues Online can provide with?

Sign up now for an immediate, no obligation FREE TRIAL and view the entire collection