The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) holds that the hunting of seals should only be conducted if it is demonstrated that it can be undertaken in a humane and sustainable manner. The CVMA maintains that comprehensive enforcement of the Marine Mammal Regulations of the Fisheries Act (1) is essential. The CVMA recognises that the hunt remains a polarizing topic and supports ongoing monitoring of the hunt by independent welfare-focused observers, including veterinarians. The CVMA also encourages further research on best practices for hunting seals, particularly if and when new age groups or hunting practices are considered.
The CVMA advocates for and strongly believes that mandatory training and licensing of sealers with regard to the humane treatment of seals is necessary in order to result in as humane and rapid a death as possible.