A small piece of baby harp seal fur in mint condition is worth as much as $7000 USD, so it's no wonder the trafficking of these animal is so profitable and that every means necessary is used not to damage their skin, even if it means using excruciatingly cruel ways of killing the animals. One way of putting down the baby seal is by shooting it, it's quick and painless, but the skin is damaged. Another method, much more brutal, is to beat the animal to death with a hakapik (a wooden bat), which leaves the fur intact. Important detail: over 90% of slaughtered seals through the latter process are only a few weeks or even days old.
Paradoxically, this type of hunting, just as cruel as, or even more cruel than whaling is still allowed in some countries. One of them is the civilized Canada, the subject of huge international pressure, that argues, as a defense, that the canadian government only grants permits to private businesses. However, they set an anual quota of a quarter of a million baby harp seals killed... Another country that still allows the slaughter of these animals is Russia, in which there is actually intensive breeding of harp seals in captivity.
There are thousands of defenseless animals being bred and killed in farms like this one in Arkhangelsk Oblast, in the Northwest region of Russia. Maybe they shouldn't call them 'farms' as much as they should call them concentration camps. In these wretched slaughter houses, baby seals are hauled in and, as soon as they're a month old, are barbariously beaten to death, as that is the only way to preserve their fur's quality - warm, silky, glamorous, state the specialists and the consumers of this type of product.
Everything about this type of activity is amoral, starting with those who promote it - the animal fur consumers. Also outrageous are the excessive prices and the large profits dealers and middle-men earn. While the price of a smal piece of fur can easily reach thousands of dollars, the average salary of the employee that does all the dirty work is about $150 a month (which they find a lot of money). Yet, one thing is true, the slaughter will go on for as long as there are people willing to wear fur around their neck.