26 Mar '11, 12am

The Canadian government announced a 20% increase in the number of seals to be killed in a controversial commercial hunt

The Canadian government announced a 20% increase in the number of seals to be killed in a controversial commercial hunt

A grey seal looks up as a seal hunter gets ready to shoot his rifle. -- PHOTO: REUTERS OTTAWA - THE Canadian government on Friday announced an increase in the number of seals to be killed in a controversial commercial hunt off its Atlantic coast. The quota was hiked 20 per cent from last year's 388,200 seals to a total of 468,200, including 400,000 harp seals and 60,000 grey seals. The hooded seals quota stayed at 8,200. Canada's 6,000 sealers once made an average of US$10 million (S$12.6 million) from the annual hunt, with a quarter of it from exports to Europe, according to the Canadian government. But a lack of sea ice in one of the warmest Canadian winters on record and a European ban on seal products, according to Ottawa, ruined what was to be a banner seal hunt last year. Most sealers stayed home, unable to find buyers for their catch or stymied by a lack of ice floe...

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