The seal-hunting season began in Britain today (July 15) under new Government restrictions brought about by a public outcry against the "industry".
SV Rifles taken from hold by seal hunters
LV Seals on mud bank
GV Hunters in outboard boats set off (2 shots)
Travel shot. Hunters in boat
SV Hunters running along beach
LV Hunter shooting seal as others run through water
BV Hunter firing at seal in water
SCU Dead seals carried away
CU Dead seals on shore TILT UP TO boats
SV & CU Blind seal allowed to go free held by hunter (4 shots)
SV PAN Hunter carrying seal across beach
SV Hunters firing at seal
LV Hunters walking off
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Background: The seal-hunting season began in Britain today (July 15) under new Government restrictions brought about by a public outcry against the "industry". Now, the opening of the season has been delayed by two weeks, enabling the seal pups to develop in size and speed of escape, and the season itself is limited to two weeks. Only five hunters have been granted licenses to kill, and the quota is restricted to 375 baby seals. Clubbing the animals is banned; and high-velocity rifles have to be used.
SYNOPSIS: The seal-hunting season opened in Britain this week under new Government restrictions brought about after a public outcry against the industry. Traditional hunting grounds in the Wash, on Britain's East Coast, will be busy with the sounds of shots and the sight of blood for the next two weeks -- the time limit imposed by the Government for the hunters to kill their quota of 375 baby seals. Other restrictions under the new Act of Parliament include a ban on the use of clubs and small-calibre rifles -- only high-velocity, quick-killing weapons may now be used. Only five hunters have been granted licenses to kill, and opening of the season has been delayed by two weeks to enable the seal pups to grow a little more -- and perhaps escape the hunters.
This seal managed to escape on opening day. Because he was blind, he didn't get to the sea quickly enough. The hunters let him go, no for any humanitarian reasons, but because his skin was covered in lice. With a limited quota, every pup shot has to have a perfect skin. While the public outcry against seal hunting continues, the hunters themselves say it is an honest living -- and that the seal die humanely. For each pelt, they get about GBP7. And a full coat eventually sells for about a thousand pounds. Animals loves, however, say the true cost is much higher.