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Seal Clubbing

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Seal Clubbing?  You're probably thinking, WTF is seal clubbing?

I have featured pics of Skinned Seals before (after they've been killed)
But how do the seals get to the skinned seal stage?  The seal is often clubbed, and here is how...

Seal clubbing is very common for hunters in Canada.  There are even laws that specify how seals can be killed.

Federal laws in Canada give a sealer three ways to kill a seal.

  1. He can shoot a seal with a rifle or shotgun—provided it's above a minimum caliber or gauge
  2. He can break its head with a blunt club (like a baseball bat) that must be at least 2 feet long
  3. He can smash in its brains with something called a hakapik—a 4- or 5-foot wooden pole with a bent, metal spike affixed to the end.

By law, you have to keep clubbing the seal in the forehead until you know for sure that it's dead.  Sealers are supposed to "palpate" a pup's skull after they've clubbed it, to feel the caved-in bone beneath the skin and blubber.  Or they can perform the "blink reflex" test, which consists of touching the seal's eyeball—if it blinks, you've got to club it again. (Few sealers actually perform these tests, though; some say they can feel the skull collapse as they make contact with their clubs.)

Hunters prefer the clubbing with a hakapik.  It's safe and easy, and it preserves the seal's valuable pelt. 

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