Giuditta Celli

Giuditta Celli I am a PhD Candidate in Polar Science at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy, working with researchers from the Italian Institute of Polar Science (CNR-ISP). My research focuses on the Antarctic Plateau, precisely on the photochemistry of mercury and iodine in surface snow and Ice Cores from the EAIIST project (East … Continue reading Giuditta Celli

Interview: “Reflecting on the Seal Hunt and the Anti-Sealing Movement – A Conversation with former President of the Canadian Sealers Association James Winter”

Seal hunting is a subject that many people think they know a fair amount about, despite many individuals not being from a culture that practices sealing or even from a culture that has active sealing practices within it. Under-represented in the discussion about sealing is the perceptive of sealers, which is often dismissed, ignored or misrepresented. This interview is with Mr. James Winter founding president of the Canadian Sealers Association. Winter first came to be involved in the seal hunt as a writer/broadcaster with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) who conducted participant observation of the seal hunt off the coast of Newfoundland in 1977 and 1978. What Winter experienced while reporting on sealing changed his life and opened his eyes to the widespread intolerance against minority sealing cultures in Canada, the growing disconnect between urban communities and rural areas and cultural roots, and the rapid expansion of the activist industry. This interview explores Winter’s personal journey trying to re-inject nuance and cultural sensitive global debate on seal hunting and sealing cultures.