I've hesitated about joining this debate because it's generally not one that is subject of rational discussion by it's nature, but......
The Canadian seal hunt is very closely regulated. One of the fallacy's promoted by the 'antis' is that seals are clubbed - they are not, they are shot. Another fallacy is that cute and cuddly whitecoats are hunted - again whitecoats haven't been hunted for several years.
I'm surprised Googleprawn didn't come up with this himself as he's not usually one to let the spin get in the way of the facts or his opinions.
Bern, You're entitled to your opinions and to protest the seal hunt. Do note that the HSUS, IFAW, Seashepherd etc make a lot of money out of images of cute fluffly seals being killed. In some ways they have as much invested in the hunt as the fishermen themselves. If it is banned where will their funds come from?
I hold no particular candle for the hunt but having lived in Newfoundland for 5 years or so, I have an appreciation for the part that it plays in the rural fishing economy. It's also true that hunting of any animal here and in the US (& indeed parts of Europe) is less of an issue than it is in the UK. I chalk that down to an increasingly urbanised and detached from nature population looking down it's nose at people who are closer to the land (or the sea.)
Economics are likely to kill the hunt, at least in the short term as the price of pelts is at an all time low.
Finally, what is the most ecologically sound clothing choice. A sealskin coat, from a sustainable hunt or goretex and thermaloft from non-renewable resources?