The Canadian Seal Hunt: Facts and Fiction

Dr Glenn Boyle, Curator of Seals at the National Seal Sanctuary, Gweek will be giving a public seminar on the Canadian Seal Hunt at the Tremough University Campus in Penryn next Monday evening.

More than 325,000 young harp seals were killed in 2006. The large-scale hunting of seals in Atlantic Canada is an age-old practice, but in recent years there has been a dramatic increase in the total allowable catch (TAC) allocated by the federal government, with almost one million animals killed in the last 3 years alone.

This seminar is following a visit made by Dr Boyle to the ice floes in March of 2004 with a local wildlife film crew from OSCHA Productions, Penryn to document the hunt and to speak to people about seals and sealing.

Their memorable visit to the ice uncovered some uncomfortable truths about the hunting, and served to generate more questions about why such a contentious and emotive slaughter continues to be supported by the Canadian government.

Dr. Boyle has 17 years of experience in seal rehabilitation and research centres in Europe and Canada, and he has followed the activities of the Canadian Seal Hunt for more than two decades. He will be presenting his analysis of the Seal Hunt at the public seminar, separating fact from fiction, on Monday 13th of November at 7pm, hosted by the Centre for Ecology and Conservation, School of Biosciences, University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus.

DATE: Monday 13th November 2006

PLACE: Lecture Theatre 1, University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus, Penryn.

For more information, please contact Rachael Vine on 01326 221361.

Harp Seal Pup - March 2004 photo by Dr Glenn Boyle

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