The other day a colleague showed me a Facebook video that was spreading awareness for seal clubbing. I actually thought it was satire until I saw blood. These seals were running and actually screaming while they are being chased by an individual clearly enjoying himself as he acts like a slower Jack Nicholson from the shining, toying with them.
Check it out for your self! Here’s a video- it’s graphic though.
Obvious question you now how. Why do people do this? Originally it was to sell the fur and “seal oil” Whatever that is. But now, it isn’t even a profitable industry.
Next question you probably have, why do they club them like they are playing whack-a-mole? To sum it up, because its legal and the wisest seal hunters in the industry insist the kill only counts if you can hear the squeal-
“In general, a sealer will use a hakapik or club if at all possible. That’s because with these weapons, it’s much easier to aim a blow directly at the seal pup’s head. One swing from a hakapik will usually kill a pup right away. By law, you have to keep clubbing the seal in the forehead until you know for sure that it’s dead. Sealers are supposed to “palpate” a pup’s skull after they’ve clubbed it, to feel the caved-in bone beneath the skin and blubber. Or they can perform the “blink reflex” test, which consists of touching the seal’s eyeball—if it blinks, you’ve got to club it again. (Few sealers actually perform these tests, though; some say they can feel the skull collapse as they make contact with their clubs.)” –Slate
Some of the hunters aren’t seal clubbing, some are seal shooters. They consider it humane as long as the kill happens in under a minute.
“A 2002 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association report reviewed seal killing techniques on the Atlantic Coast and determined that if a seal wasn’t killed by the initial bullet, they stayed alive for an average of 45.2 seconds before being finished off. The paper considered this humane, but noted “no interval between an animal being shot and losing consciousness will ever be acceptable to some people.” In fact, seal protesters have even taken to citing the mandatory clubbing of seal skulls as more evidence of the hunt’s cruelty. ” –Nationalpost.com