Seal hunting 

Canadian Sealers’ Association president on the increased quota

“I think it’s more political than anything else,” Mr. Woodford said. “There have been a lot of arguments in Europe that we were going to destroy the seal population. This is a means for Canada to present to the world its case that we are not dealing with a species that is threatened.””Everybody requested a rollover and instead we got an increase,” he added. ” At this point, [the quota] is just an arbitrary number that we all know is not going to be reached this year.”The situation was the exact opposite in 2008, when Mr. Woodford said the government did not hike the quota enough, despite sealers’ requests. In March 2008, the department raised the quota only by 5,000 to allow a total harvest of 275,000 seals.”When we had good markets, they did not allow us to kill them, and now that we have bad markets, they’re increasing the quota,” he said. “It’s a little bit frustrating in that matter.” 

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