Canadian Gov Guts Seal, Eats Raw Heart
'Delicious' gesture meant to show support for Inuit hunts
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2009 1:53 PM CDT
Governor General Michaelle Jean and her husband Jean-Daniel Lafond.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – When in Rome, do as the Romans do. And in Canada's Arctic, that means gutting a freshly slaughtered seal, slicing out its heart, and chowing down, reports AFP. Canadian Governor General Michaelle Jean kicked off a tour of the region yesterday by dining on raw seal as a gesture of support to Canada’s Inuit population, on edge after the EU recently banned seal products. The Queen’s rep said the raw meat was “like sushi” and declared it “absolutely delicious.”

Canada’s head of state also endorsed the nutritional value of seal, CTV adds. “It’s very rich in protein,” Jean said. Canadian officials say that seal hunting accounts for 35% of income for hunters and makes up 20% of the economy in certain regions. It’s also tradition. “These are ancient practices that are part of a way of life,” Jean said. “If you can't understand that, you're completely missing the reality of life here.”