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July 10, 1986

A Canadian commission has concluded that the practice of clubbing baby harp seals to death for their pelts should be stopped because public opinion is against it. However, the Royal Commission on Seals and the Sealing Industry, after a two-year investigation, has decided that the practice is no less humane than methods used in slaughterhouses. The panel is also expected to urge that the government pay seal hunters in Newfoundland the equivalent of $36 million in compensation for lost earnings and a like amount to help them find alternative income. The panel's full report will be released in September.

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