OTTAWA (REUTER) - An animal rights group released video tape on Monday showing what it called inhumane and unacceptable killings in Canada's annual seal hunt. Members of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), posing as fishers, filmed the video last year and claimed they saw such incidents as skinning seals alive, using hooks to catch live seals and leaving injured animals to die. The group said the video showed 144 incidents that violated seal hunt regulations and 34 other examples of abuse and problems in the industry. The federal Department of Fisheries - which encourages the seal hunt as a means of conserving depleted cod stocks that seals eat in vast amounts - defended its monitoring efforts and pointed out that it had laid 114 charges in 1996. It said 100 fisheries officers in the region monitor the hunt on the ice, on ships and in the air. An amateur video of the seal hunt. Sealers defended the hunt. "To the uninitiated, sure it looks gruesome. It's not pretty but from what I saw, a lot of it was the normal business of sealing", said Tina Fagan, executive director of the Canadian Sealing Association. "Killing is never pretty and it's never pretty anywhere whether its out on the white ice floes with red blood flowing or whether it's in an abattoir."