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The Royal Commission on Sealing stops in St. John's

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.

After stops in the United Kingdom and some Canadian cities, a royal commission on the seal hunt hears from Newfoundlanders.
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: May 21, 1985
Guest(s): Tom Rideout, Roger Stirling
Reporter: Kathryn Wright
Duration: 2:14

Last updated: March 19, 2013

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