Newfoundlanders show remarkable ignorance about the seal hunt
The annual commercial seal hunt has given the world the impression that Newfoundlanders are barbaric.
In fact, they're just ignorant, according to an Ipsos Reid poll financed by the Humane Society International/Canada.
More than half believe that the pups are at least a year old when "harvested". (Don't you love that euphemism?) Seventeen out of 20 think the pups are at least three months old.
The truth is that more than 98 percent were killed before they were three months old, according to the federal government's seal-landing reports.
I'm going to resist the temptation to make any Newfie jokes to avoid being dragged before any human-rights tribunals.
Only five percent of the sealers' annual income is derived from killing baby seals, according to Humane Society International/Canada.
This year, the Conservative government under Stephen Harper set the highest harp-seal quota since the feds began regulating this industry in 2011.
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