The Canadian harp seal hunt: observations on the effectiveness of procedures to avoid poor animal welfare outcomes

  title={The Canadian harp seal hunt: observations on the effectiveness of procedures to avoid poor animal welfare outcomes},
  author={Pierre Y. Daoust and Charles G. B. Caraguel},
  journal={Animal Welfare},
The Canadian harp seal (Pagophilus groenlandicus) hunt has, for several decades, raised public concerns related to animal welfare. The field conditions under which this hunt is carried out do not lend themselves easily to detailed observations and analyses of its killing practices. This article reports observations carried out over several seasons that aimed at obtaining more specific information about the conditions under which seals are killed, in order to assess potential welfare issues and… 

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