Two beater harp seals

Two beater harp seal pups, born on the ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, swimming in a pool of icy water. Canada allows the controversial hunting of seal pups and 95% of the seals killed are younger than 3 months old. The hunt takes place annually in the spring. This year the Canadian government has set a quota allowing up to 319,500 seals to be killed. The hunt will run through mid-April.

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Uploaded on March 20, 2012