This makes me so angry I could spit. It's not just the needless killing of innocent animals. It's this:
"Fishermen participating in the hunt, however, blame seals and their voracious appetites for the devastation of Canada's fish stocks, in particular cod, and argue a cull is necessary."
Now, let’s be clear on one thing. Harp seals are not the reason why Canada’s fisheries are in the crapper. Canadian fishermen, as well as fishermen from pretty much every country, routinely overfish and then they protest when the government imposes catch limits in order to allow fish populations to rebound. They also use irresponsible netting/dragging techniques that damage the environment and kill a lot of other sea life along the way. Maybe if the fishermen took responsibility for the way they pursue their livelihood, they wouldn’t be in their current position. They wouldn’t need to deflect blame onto the seals so they can rationalize clubbing some of the cutest creatures on the planet in order to sell their pelts.
If fishermen want sympathy for the decline of their way of life, this is not the way to go about it. Go learn a new trade, something that adds to our quality of life. I'd rather forgo salmon for dinner than patronize this kind of practice.