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Animal Cruelty or Population Control?

Due to the controversy over the annual Canadian Seal Hunt, Kidzworld is looking at why this hunt takes place and what other animals around the world are killed in the name of population control?

Population Control: Harp Seals

The Canadian Seal Hunt happens every year for approximately two months, from late March until the first or second week of April. During this time, around 300,000 harp seals are killed. Some supporters say that the seal hunt is to control the seal population, which they say is “healthy and abundant” at about 5.6 million animals.. Back in the '70s, the harp seal population dropped dramatically so the government stopped the hunt. However, it was re-introduced in the 1990s when the seal population grew again.


The pups killed are usually less than three months old and have just started to molt (which is when they shed their white baby fur and grow their adult coats). The seals are either shot or hit repeatedly on the head with a club called a hakapik – which the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Canada says veterinarians have found to be humane – until they die. Once killed, the pups are skinned and their furs are sold to other countries. There are reports that seals are sometimes skinned alive, but the Department of Fisheries and Oceansregulates hunting practices and says skinning seals alive is not tolerated. Another misconception is that newborn seals, or whitecoats, are killed in the hunt, but the Canadian government banned the killing of whitecoats in 1987.

Population Control: Deer

In the United States, deer are a top choice for hunters. But regulations only allow a limited number of deer to be hunted. Some people say killing these animals helps control the deer population, which is quite high in some regions. According to these people, car accidents caused by deer where their population is high can cause deaths among both deer and humans. And where high populations of deer exist, farmers can suffer when the animals eat their crops.

Population Control: Gray Wolf

The Gray Wolf was historically hunted by farmers who wanted to protect their livestock. In the early 1900s, before hunting regulations existed, the Gray Wolf was almost entirely wiped out of North America by humans. It was often killed for its fur, but mainly the animal was killed due to humans' fear of it. The Gray Wolf is listed on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Endangered Species List, but there have been moves in some states to take it off. There have been no known human deaths in North America linked to Gray Wolves. In fact, some people say that wolves are generally not dangerous to humans as long as they’re in low numbers, have enough food to eat, have little contact with humans and are occasionally hunted.

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LUCYQWERTY123 posted in Debating:
Hey there!! well this question is really interesting...well in my opinion if that person is born blind then its hard to describe the colour because they have never seen it but it doesnt stop them from imagination but if that person became blind at an age because of an accident or something then u can cause they can remember the colour that they have seen when they werent blind.... 8) 8)
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Kawaii Chan p.o.v Kawaii Chan knocked on the door in the tune of an anime series theme song she watched. the door opened and standing infront of her was Zane, wearing a black sweater and some grey tack suit pants, on the other hand, kawaii Chan was wearing a long pink shirt that only just went past her waist and a pair of cute jeans that she bought yesterday. There had been a long silence " hi Zane kun!" Zane smiled and let her inside, she walked in, stumbling over the rug in her high heels, Zane ran over "you alright kawaii Chan?" Kawaii Chan nodded, and Zane helped her up, yet another long silence as they just looked at each other, holding hands, smiling, then garroth ruined it " isn't that adorable!" Garroth said " garroth! Keep it down, laurance doesn't know about this!" " But he's on a shopping trip, said he'd be out for 2 hours" kawaii Chan gestured for garroth to leave, and he begrudgingly did, walking off sighing Zane p.o.v Zane was glad garroth left, it was just kawaii Chan and him, alone. He turned on Netflix and put on an anime kawaii Chan loved, she flinched " owie! Something bit me!" Zane got off the couch and inspected the floor, alittle trail of ants were scurrying in a line " that's why it smelt like orange juice! Great!" Kawaii Chan frowned " it's okay Zane kun, kawaii Chan will get over it, it was only an ant" Zane sighed " yeh okay, you're right" kawaii Chan pecked him on the cheek and they smiled, then kawaii Chan tackling him onto the floor as she tickled him until he was laughing like a child " kawaii Chan! You know I'm ticklish! Stop!" Kawaii Chan smirked " if you want kawaii Chan to stop then why are you laughing?"  Zane p.o.v After she stopped tickling, they shared a long kiss, when laurance came through the door with party stuff and a few friends to help set up, there was laurance, of course, ugh, gene, Dante, aphmau and Aaron, all of them paused in confusion, except aphmau who tried rush everyone out, but gene didn't and walked straight in, while aphmau got the rest out she went in, trying to drag gene out, Zane had stopped the kiss a little while ago, blushing light pink as gene watched kawaii Chan intently, seeing what she would do, Zane stood up and hissed at gene " get out of my house!" Gene smirked walking toward kawaii Chan grabbed by her arm and pulling her to her feet "let go of kawaii Chan!" Kawaii Chan yelled, as gene smirked again and pulled her into a kiss, kawaii Chan wasn't actually trying to move at all, she just let gene kiss her, Zane clenched his fist and walked up to gene, removing kawaii Chan from him and punching him in the chin, he sighed " you always were weak! Tsk tsk Zane, tsk tsk" gene swung a punch at Zane's forehead and dodged a bit too slow, getting hit, aphmau rushed kawaii Chan outside and closed the door behind them both, while inside they continued to brawl, gene kicked Zane in the leg, making him fall, gene continued to beat him up, until garroth came in and shouted in a dark, scary tone " get off my baby brother or I'll rip you to shreds" gene stood up and laughed as Zane lay on the ground, crying in pain once again " what you gonna do bout it?" Garoth walked up to gene and kicked him in his hip, them smashed his fist into his head, gene scream and ran out the back door, while garroth helped Zane up The end ( sorry for weird ending, kawaii Chan and Zane ARE still dating tho ^____^)
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Global warming will raise the ocean and bodies of waters. The cities will be flooded, and then frozen over. Someone goes outside, they freeze to death. The remaining survivors will die of starvation or freeze to death.
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In my opinion, I see four most likely possibilities.  >>  Nuclear War/World Wars. >> The universe practically imploding and the sun burning us into oblivion or even another planet/meteorite slamming into us, destroying us entirely. >> Self-destructive tendencies of our own species, either accidentally or purposefully. >> Trump. Which could be the matchstick to the flame of at least two other things on this list.
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