While most hunters from Newfoundland use a rifle to hunt for seals, the hakapik is still used extensively by those conducting the hunt in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Part of the whole 'cave-men/barbarian' image that seal-hunt protestors put on hunters comes from the whole idea of striking an animal on the head with a club-like tool. Banning the hakapik would probably change the image of the hunt (hopefully). Of course, given the penchant for groups like IFAW and the Sea Shepherd Society to lie through their teeth (they still claim that whitecoat seals are hunted despite the fact that it has been illegal since 1988), I wouldn't be surprised if twenty years from now some teen celebrity attended a protest waving pictures of the hakapik.
Labels: Seal Hunt