Pierre Poilievre Announces Plan to Expand Seal Hunt

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre has faced condemnation from animal-welfare groups in Canada, the United States, and Britain, including singer-songwriter Jann Arden and Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, after saying he would expand Canada’s seal hunt if he becomes prime minister. Poilievre blamed opposition to the cull on “eco-nuts” and claimed that killing more seals is necessary to curb a rise in the seal population and protect Atlantic salmon. However, animal welfare groups and experts have disputed his claim that harp seals are responsible for depleting the Atlantic salmon population, pointing out that seals mainly feed on capelin, cod, and crustaceans such as crab and krill.