Remarks on Eskimo Sealing and the Harp Seal Controversy

  • Don Charles Foote
Keywords: Glaciation


Considers the importance of the seal harvest to Eskimos of Alaska, Canada and Greenland and gives statistics on catches, prices, incomes and costs of modernization of the seal-hunting industry. The catastrophic decline of sealskin prices and buyers boycott beginning 1965 as a result of the controversy over killing methods of harp seal pups has destroyed a viable industry badly needed in an economically depressed region. Eskimos seldom encounter harp seal pups, and use humane killing methods.