Thanks to Jane Adey and staff at CBC NL for this helpful article on opinions regarding the seal import ban by certain global jurisdictions. 

An appeal for seal: Supporters say it’s time to review bans on ‘sustainable’ industry
Renewable resource that yields biodegradable products is in line with modern values some say

These days, hunters only take about 40,000 seals because of international bans that have dramatically reduced access to markets. The United States has had a ban on seal products since 1972, the European Union banned seal products in 2009, and the Chinese market also has restrictions. But while the sealing industry struggles to stay alive, it’s a way of life that continues.


Eldred Woodford, president of the Canadian Sealers Association, has been eating seal his entire life. He’s frustrated that more people aren’t seeing the value of an abundant food source just off the coast.

“It’s a waste of a resource.That’s what it is,” he said. 

“It’s a shame that we’ve come to this situation now where we’re only harvesting 10 per cent … rural outport communities can well use the economic revenues from this.”


Please read the full CBC NL article here