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27 March, 2006 - Published 14:04 GMT
Protest at Canadian seal hunt
The first few days of Canada's seal hunt have been difficult, with angry incidents in the Gulf of St Lawrence. There have been international appeals for an end to the cull. Hunters say the number of seals taken so far has been less than in previous years because of thin ice. This report from Lee Carter:
Relations between Canadian seal hunters and the animal rights groups that monitor their activities have never been cordial, but protestors with the Humane Society of the United States say they were shocked when a sealing boat rammed into their small inflatable dinghy. The craft's propeller was damaged but no-one was seriously hurt. But the incident comes just a day after infuriated hunters flung seal guts at the protestors who were crammed into the same boat.
A Humane Society spokesperson said in a statement that the sealers need to remember that the groups are legally allowed to be near the hunters as long as they don't directly interfere with the seal cull. But the sealers are also frustrated because of a huge fall in the number of seals they are taking in comparison to previous years. Warm weather has melted the ice floes, making their task much more difficult. And some hunters have tied up their boats, saying that many of the seals are too young to be legally killed.
rammed into their small inflatable dinghy
The craft's propeller
flung seal guts
crammed into the same boat
don't directly interfere with the seal cull
have tied up their boats