I want a seal skin coat!
Seal skins are used to make coats, mittens, muffs, and even boots. They make garments that are warm and dry even if it is cold and wet.
Imagine: If everyone wore sealskin winter clothes, we would have less carbon emissions from people heating their houses and cars. Medical costs from frostbite would drop.
The baby seals pelts are white, which helps the aboriginal people as they eke out their existance in the cold northern wastes. Without sealskin, you are pushed to use oil based plastics, which do not vent moisture so fast, leading to frostbite or at least chilblains and trenchfoot.
The beef and pork industry kill their animals by hitting them on the head too. Alas, the baby seals are not so cooperative as to be driven into a pristine slaughterhouse. So if you don't want to see it, close your eyes.
The number of seal pups taken each year is monitored and adjusted so that the population of seals doesn't increase beyond what the fisheries can bear. The management process is similar to all other animals taken for sport, meat, and skins. That is as it should be.
So hurrah for Canada and their enlightened game management programs. Next time I hit the liquor store, in honor of the Canadian seal harvesters I will get a fifth of Canadian Club.