It is true that Canada is the world's largest supplier of seal pelts, blubber and meat. The Canadian government allows for an annual allowable kill of 270,000 seals. It is a commercial industry, although aboriginal people in Canada have been hunting seals for 1000s of years.
But seals are cute and animal rights activists are up in arms. They have created quite the stir internationally in an attempt to end the Canadian seal hunt. This week the European Parliament is voting whether or not to ban seal product imports. The vote will go through in a landslide.
Canada has very few allies in the European Parliament. But they do have one - former Quebec Nordiques superstar Peter Stastny.
Stastny nowadays represents his native Slovakia in the European Parliament. He acknowledges it is "a very, very sensitive issue" with "great consequences for a lot of people on many sides of the globe."
But he is also a Canadian citizen, and keeps his second home close at heart.
Here's what Stastny had to say about the seal hunt vote.
"These people have millions of dollars. And they are misleading people by telling them only one side of the story, and people just don't have the time to learn the facts."
"(Seal hunters) are like hockey players, the nicest people in the world, good hearted, generous, and friendly. All they're trying to do is make an extra buck to help their families and their communities."