Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Part Two of The Current
Is it the end of seal hunting in Newfoundland?
It's something of a tradition every spring: The annual denunciation by animal rights groups and celebrities of the seal hunt. This year, singers Sarah McLaughlin and Kesha have joined in to demand an end to the hunt. It inflames people in Newfoundland and Labrador, including many who've never laid eyes - much less a hakapik - on a seal.
But this year, conversation around the hunt is changing. Some prominent Newfoundlanders have wondered aloud whether the days of the seal hunt - or seal fishery, as it's called - are numbered. And that's also inflamed many Newfoundlanders. It's certainly raised interest in fresh seal meat available at Taylor's Seafood truck, parked on the St. John's waterfront. We heard from the owners Heidi and Jeremy Taylor of Taylor's Seafoods.
But even within a few hundred metres of their seal flipper and carcass truck - there's dissent over the hunt - and whether it's an intergral part of Newfoundland and Labrador. According to some, our next two guests are unpatriotic. Together, they've helped change the tone of the seal hunt debate in Newfoundland and Labrador this year.
John Furlong is the host and producer of The Fisheries Broadcast - the long running fishery program on CBC Radio One. He was in our St. John's studio. And Ryan Cleary is the NDP Member of Parliament for St. John's South-Mount Pearl. He joined us from our Ottawa studio. And Jack Troake is a sealer and fisherman in Twillingate, on the northeast coast of Newfoundland.
This segment was produced by CBC St. John's producer, Heather Barrett.
Other segments from today's show: