April 19, 2007 |
Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers smashed through a massive expanse of frozen ocean northeast of Newfoundland where about 100 seal hunting vessels were trapped. The hulls of about 15 vessels were in danger of being pierced, said Fisheries and Oceans Department spokesman Phil Jenkins. The guard picked up one crew that abandoned ship. The hunt has drawn widespread criticism.
April 5, 2007 |
Thousands fewer seals were killed in the first phase of Canada's controversial hunt compared with previous years, indicating that melting ice has depleted much of the herd in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence, Fisheries Department spokesman Phil Jenkins said. About 860 seals were killed, he said. Unusually warm weather has led to the drowning of thousands of baby seals, Jenkins said. They cannot swim during the first few weeks of life.
March 2, 2007 |
As the children reflect on what they have just witnessed, one exclaims to another, "I'd like to be a little guy, so I could hide from everyone." It's a sentiment perhaps shared by many children at some point in their lives, and maybe even by young elephant seals here as they struggle to exist among so many large and testy adults. The fourth-graders from nearby Rio del Mar school have just seen a large blubbery male nearly squash a forlorn pup searching for its mother.
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April 19, 2006 |
Supporters of the harbor seals that live on the beach at the Children's Pool in La Jolla won a round Tuesday in the long-running feud over whether the beach belongs to seals or humans. The San Diego City Council, at the nudging of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, voted 7 to 1 to install a rope barrier to keep people from the seals during pupping season, from Jan. 1 to May 1.
March 26, 2006 |
Infuriated sealers trying to fend off animal rights activists flung seal guts at an inflatable boat filled with protesters as Canada's annual hunt began on the Gulf of St. Lawrence. "They threw carcasses at our Zodiac," said Rebecca Aldworth of the Humane Society. The fishermen in the area's isolated island communities say the hunt supplements their meager winter incomes.
March 16, 2006 |
Canada's contentious seal hunt will start soon, despite protests by former Beatle Paul McCartney and other animal rights activists who condemn the killing of the pups as inhumane, the government said. Fisheries and Oceans Minister Loyola Hearn charged that the media had misrepresented the hunt, and said Canada was committed to ensuring the seals were killed by humane methods.