Canada really, really likes hunting seals
While it would be possible to replace sealing revenue with a negligible outlay of the federal budget, defenders often aren’t standing up for the economics of seal so much as a way of life. In a Canada where Indigenous communities have suffered greatly by losing touch with traditional ways of making a living, Inuit are determined to hang on to one of their oldest links to the land. “When I see sealskin, I see an ethical and sustainable economy that feeds people,” said Arnaquq-Baril in Angry Inuk. The same is true in Newfoundland and Labrador, where sealers often come from communities decimated by fishing closures and economic exodus to Alberta. It’s why, in Ottawa, seal hunting is one of the few issues on which virtually every politician can safely agree. Seal is served in the Parliament Hill cafeteria. At least one governor general has eaten raw seal heart. And when parliament discussed the creation of a National Seal Products Day last April, virtually the entire chamber, regardless of region or party, united in its love of all things seal . “We believe in seal hunting because, since the dawn of time, all human communities have used the natural resources available to them for sustenance, survival, and development,” said Alexandre Boulerice, an NDP MP who represents a riding in the notably seal-free Montreal.