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A blessing for the sealing fleet

Those beseeching eyes were impossible to avoid. In the 1970s images of fuzzy white seal pups were everywhere as activists fought to end the seal hunt in Canada. Seals have been harvested for generations on the floes of the Atlantic coast, but concerns about killing methods and conserving the herd virtually ended the practice in the 1980s. The threat of too many cod-eating seals resurrected the hunt, and today anti-cruelty activists monitor an industry that's at its strongest in decades.

A special Sunday church service at the wharf wishes luck to sealing crews heading out to the floes.
Medium: Television
Program: Here & Now
Broadcast Date: March 2, 1980
Guest(s): Capt. Morrissey Johnson, Sgt. John Powell
Reporter: Rick MacInnes-Rae
Duration: 1:47

Last updated: March 19, 2013

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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