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In Canada, the majority of the seal hunt takes place in March and April when the seal pups are born on the ice off the northeast coast of Newfoundland. A harp seal can be legally killed as soon as it has begun to moult its white hair - about 2 weeks after birth.
This is one of the very few hunts that occurs in the spring when young are being born. As a result, most of the seals killed in the commercial hunt are between 12 days and 4 months old. The young pups have not yet developed good swimming skills and they are reluctant to leave the ice - making them easy prey for sealers.
There have been many protests against the slaughter of the seals and the brutality of the methods used (observers estimated that a recent hunt killed 140,000 seals in just two days). Seals are usually clubbed to death, but sealers often only stun them - resulting in the animals being skinned alive.
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