World: A 30-Day Reprieve For the Pups

WHEN a team of Montreal moviemakers filmed seal hunters bashing in the skulls of cuddly baby seals on the pristine ice floes off the east coast of Canada, the shots were seen round the world. That was five years ago, and the howls of protest have still not subsided. Complained Jack Davis, Canada's Minister of Fisheries: "A lot of young people in distant countries now think of Canada only in terms of seals."

Last week the Canadian government bowed to pressure and banned the killing of month-old seal pups in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The new policy means that the killing...

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