Jag skrev om det här, här och här vid den här tiden förra året: den vedervärdiga jakten på sälungar. Den här veckan har den dragit igång igen i Kanada, och liksom tidigare år tar sig Rebecca Aldworth, från amerikanska Humane Society, ut för att dokumentera vad som sker. I Wayne Pacelles blogg beskriver hon hur de landat med helikoptern, och går ut på isen, strax efter att jägarna varit där:
”On the ice: silence. The sealers had clubbed to death almost every seal in sight. Open graves of skinned baby seals covered the ice in all directions. So many sightless eyes followed us across the ice as we moved through the area.
Just ahead of us, we saw two live seal pups—left alone in the carnage. These babies were saved by their white fur, which almost entirely covered them. But their salvation is temporary. On Friday, the hunting begins again, and hundreds of thousands more seals will die.
We passed one pup who had crawled into a small cave formed by ice. He hid his head as we approached, clearly terrified. I tried to talk softly to him, to let him know that it would be okay. But he just lay there, hiding his head. This three-week old seal pup had just seen hundreds of others beaten to death in front of him. To him, people now mean clubs and violence and pain.
Today, we filmed this horror—the tiny carcasses such a stark reminder that this is a slaughter for fur. They died by the thousands here, painfully, just to produce fur coats that no one needs.”