Not reasonable

Canadian Sealers Association disputes poll that suggests sealers want to be bought out.

The poll, conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of the Humane Society International/Canada, an animal rights group that opposes the hunt, said half of the 181 sealers it polled by telephone between Dec. 7, 2009 and Jan. 24, 2010 were in favour of a buyout. The poll is considered accurate plus or minus 7.3 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

But the Canadian Sealers Association does not see that as a reasonable option and disputes the poll’s accuracy.

“There’s 11,000 licensed sealers in Newfoundland and Labrador and I don’t know where they got the sealers,” said Frank Pinhorn, executive director of the Canadian Sealers Association in Newfoundland. “I don’t think their base for doing this survey is representative in any meaningful percentage.”

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