Apr 15

Carino out! Major buyer bails on crippled seal hunt.

Carino Processing bails on already crippled seal hunt


Carino Processing, a major buyer, has rejected a $1 million dollar loan from the government to buy seal skins. In his announcement, CEO Dion Dakins confirmed the company will be focusing on selling old stock. This is the first time since 2002 that Carino has held back, a sure sign that the industry is on its last legs.

Dakins, who is also the chairperson of the Canadian Sealers Association said he would not be going out on the hunt this year.  The value of the product hardly covers costs. “It wasn’t an easy decision, it wasn’t one we take lightly, we know we have a responsibility to keep our harvesters viable. But it is short term pain for long term gain, that’s how we view it.. “With this in mind the company is more focused on paying back previous loans and not taking on more debt. “It’s the right thing to do.” he acknowledged.

Dakins remains upbeat though, as if he were chairman of the flat earth society. “The future looks good. I’ll be a player next year.” he said.

Eldred Woodford, president of the Canadian Sealers Association, said he won’t be going to the ice for the first time in 20 years. That’s because just one buyer so far has indicated demand for 30,000 harp seal pelts.

The federal government has defended the commercial seal hunt as humane and sustainable.

“We continue to tell the truth about sealing, and the effects of seal populations on our marine ecosystems, to combat misleading attacks on the hunt from radical animal rights activists,” Fisheries Minister Gail Shea said Tuesday in a statement. She was not available for an interview.

Canada has set a ludicrous quota. Read more on that here 

Among the countries that have banned the product are Mexico, the USA, the 27 nations of the EU, Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. More are expected to follow.

Carino seal hunt

Seal skin with silver fox trim. It takes between 6 and 8 seal skins to make a coat.

Seal skin with silver fox trim. It takes between 6 and 8 seal skins to make a coat.