Usually, when we put the words “Canada” and “seal” in the same sentence, it’s bad news. But not this time. Canadian officials are reporting that this year’s seal slaughter saw one of the lowest numbers of seals killed in recorded history. The 2011 commercial slaughter claimed the lives of 38,000 harp seals, which, while still awful, is less than 10 percent of the 400,000-seal maximum.
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