The Canadian Seal Hunt
Canada's contentious seal hunt will soon start, despite protests by Paul McCartney and other animal-rights activists who condemn the killing of the pups as inhumane. Registered sealers will be allowed to kill up to 325,000 pups on the ice flows off the Atlantic near Quebec and Newfoundland when the annual season opens, up from the quota of 320,000 last year.
The pelts, used in the fashion industry, are mostly sold to Norway, China and Russia. The United States has banned Canadian seal products since 1972 and the European Union banned white baby seal pelts in 1983.