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4leglv Today's modern seal 'hunt' isn't really much of a hunt at all... In fact, depending on the condition of the ice flows, the sealers can have varying degrees of difficulty in getting to the seals. Methods include: walking from their trucks, driving up to them with their snowmobiles, taking commercial icebreaking or smaller boats to close or distant ice flows, then getting out of the boats and walking to them, or shooting seals from the boats. Aerial reconnaissance is also used by the Canadian government to locate the seals, and this information is provided to sealers.

Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker ships have for years shepherded sealers to the seal herds by breaking a path through the ice for them. In 2009, the Canadian Coast Guard established a new policy to stop providing this service to sealers.
Once they find the seals, the true horrific nature of this bizarre event unfolds. In the first phase of the hunt (in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, dominated by sealers from the Magdalen Islands of Quebec), sealers typically approach the seals on the ice and then club them with 'hakapiks' (long sticks with a hooked blade at one end). After clubbing the seals, they are supposed to check whether the seal pup is dead before skinning the seal. The Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) prescribes the methods.

Previously, sealers were instructed to perform the 'blinking-eye' test, checking whether the seals blink, before skinning them. In 2008, the DFO set new standards for sealers to follow when killing seals. The DFO now instructs sealers to palpate the seal's skull with an object (such as a rifle or hakapik) to assess whether it has been fatally crushed before proceeding to bleed and then skin the seal. So this means that, after clubbing the seal pup, the sealer with prod the seal on the head with a pole or hook or rifle barrel. This crude method of 'palpation' is intended to enable the sealer to determine whether the seal is alive or conscious. And if the seal is still conscious, well, one can image how that would feel.
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amandanicolemartin Over 75 million factory farm animals will die for fashion this year. Look at your labels before you invest in anything. You could be supporting this and not even know it. Ignorance doesn't make it okay! Especially you girls prancing around in your ugg boots. How about stop being an animal massacring basic bitch. 🐇🐄 #furfree 3d
  •   amandanicolemartin @marychameleon ugg doesn't use wool they use sheep skin. Taking their skin in fact kills them.. 3d
  •   corey_hinson :( 3d
  •   reneedunham @marychameleon If you were to do a simple Google search you would find that the official UGG website is the first to pop up. And on their official site it reads, "UGG Australia uses only the highest-grade sheepskin available." That is how they are so well insulated, they take the wool off the sheep but only with their skin still attached. But hey, ignorance is bliss, right? 3d

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ambashepherd Emily got a little trim today #furfree #persian 5d
  •   sizzlespice11 @ambashepherd did that to my sisters cat. It still thinks were the devil. 5d
  •   jasminemakesmusic Hehe so cute! Emmy mini 5d
  •   ambashepherd @sizzlespice11 u have to get it done at the vet w sedation so the poor things don't get scared ️ clipping important for long hair cats coz fur can get matted knotted up it's not for fun or vanity 4d
  •   sizzlespice11 @ambashepherd true. That's what we did, we had it done professional. He still isn't very happy haha but oh well. We pamper him still. 4d
  •   ambashepherd @sizzlespice11 ok good .. So he really hates it?? Mine loooooves it she is so happy. 4d
  •   sizzlespice11 @ambashepherd yeah he isn't very happy about it hahaha...we adopted him from the pound after years of neglect though; so he is still adjusting to a real loving home :) glad to hear you're having a great time with you're cat. 4d
  •   ambashepherd @sizzlespice11 aw yeah the poor little guy u have a big heart ️ thx for loving him the world needs more like u xx 4d
  •   sizzlespice11 @ambashepherd Thank you so much :) <3 I'll post some pics of him. 3d

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fioravona No Ice bucket challenge for me. I support animal kindness not cruelty. Faux Fur throw
#Animalwelfare #icebucketchallenge #FurFree #bekind #notofur #fauxfur #peace #namaste #wolves #dogs #cats #mink #leopards #snakes #tigers #love #for #all #life
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justka1122 Fur is not a symbol of wealth or beauty !! It's a symbol of mass murder , cruelty , inhumanity and it makes you look heartless !! . #showloveforanimals #CompassionIsAlwaysInFashion #FurFree #wearyourownskin 6d

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clo_mags So here's the thing... I love vintage. I truly do. However, THIS IS AWFUL. Even if I wasn't in the slightest but opposed to road kill-esque fashion, this would most definitely not be on my "to wear" list. WHY EBAY WHY. I almost wish I could buy it to give it a proper funeral. #furfree #roadkillcapes #rip 7d
  •   gijsxedge Fuck that shit 7d
  •   clo_mags @gijsxedge ditto. 7d
  •   keelynicoleee Grandma gave me some of these years ago and when I opened the box I screamed bloody murder 7d
  •   clo_mags @keelynicoleee quite literally bloody murder. Ugh. If I saw someone wearing that, I would feel inclined to wonder if they just made an actual roadkill scarf. PS come spend the night! 7d
  •   keelynicoleee I would love too! 7d
  •   ladyofthedeep Ugh :((( this is so sad. 7d

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husseinberjaoui Here's the rest of your coat. #FurFree #stopanimalabuse 1w

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avoiceforanimals VICTORY!
Efforts from activists helped @officialpeta save over 400 chinchillas from a breeding farm in California.
The chinchillas were subjected to varying degrees of hell, including limp amputations without painkillers or veterinary assistance. Many of the creatures were skinned alive for their furs and the rest were slated for electrocution until Peta intervened.
Thanks to Peta's efforts, the chinchillas are on their way to a happier life! They will be up for adoption at the San Diego SPCA.
Over 400 lives have been saved, let's be grateful! 🌎
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jessicannarabbit It's #FurFreeFriday! *Warning* - Graphic Picture, if u can't handle the reality of what our fashion choices cause, then please, do me the favor & unfollow me! Leather & fur for clothes, accessories, automobile seats, & so on, exploits & tortures millions of our fellow sentient beings each year. In today's modern society it is just completely unnecessary for us to be still doing this. It's sick & disgusting.
#fur #leather #furfree #furismurder #animalrights #crueltyfree #exploitation #torture #humansaremonsters #educateyourself #reality #truth
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lions4mercy Because if you know the #torture animals endure for ‘FASHION', there’s NO EXCUSE.

Repost if you agree! #FurFree #compassionisthefashion
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officialpeta #ICYMI: #TheSimpsons co-creator #SamSimon just helped us rescue 400+ chinchillas who were destined to be electrocuted for their fur #Victory #FurFree 2w

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