Shea was delivering a speech at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters when Emily McCoy of New York City stood up in the front row, walked up to Shea and pushed the pie, made of soybean curd, into her face. McCoy, 37, has been charged with assault.
Seals are a valuable natural resource, and the seal hunt is an economic mainstay for numerous rural communities in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and the North. As a time-honoured tradition, Canada's seal hunt supports many coastal families who can derive as much as 35% of their annual income from this practice. Read more of this section of our website. to learn facts about seals and sealing in Canada.