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Call on Canada to End Immoral Seal Hunt

April 22, 2005 | Seals

New York City — More than 260,000 seal pups have been slaughtered since March 29, 2005. Through early May, Canadian seal hunters will club and shoot this season’s share of 320,000 harp and hooded seal pups on the ice floes off Newfoundland’s coast. The Canadian government subsidizes the annual slaughter; subsidies that Friends of Animals says should end immediately.

Tuesday, April 26th from 12:30pm-2:30pm, Friends of Animals, an international animal advocacy organization, will again oppose this despicably cruel practice at the door of the Canadian Consulate General in New York City. Advocates will gather at 1251 Avenue of the Americas (50th Street & 6th Ave.) to alert New York residents that the world’s largest commercial hunt continues, and to urge Canadian Consulate General Pamela Wallin and Canadian Prime Minster Paul Martin to end the seal hunt now.

Seal pelt exports to Europe and Asia have nearly doubled each year since 2002 — the first year of the current three-year plan to kill nearly one million seals. Each pelt represents the irreplaceable life of a pup who was too young to swim away from harm. The targeted pups as young as 12 days old, are often skinned alive.

Justifications for the hunt have varied. First, we heard that seals ate too many Atlantic codfish. The latest excuse comes from Canadian seal oil salespeople. The Canadian government, since 1995, has spent tens of millions in Canadian dollars to subsidize seal processing and develop new markets for seal products.. If seal oil can be marketed, they argue, then Canadians aren’t just killing for the fur salons of Denmark, Germany, France, Greenland, China, South Korea, Norway and Canada.

Priscilla Feral, president of Friends of Animals, states, “The world community should oppose Canada’s seal hunt as a matter of moralty. The resurgence of fur is responsible for Canada’s acceptance of the mass killing of seals. Renounce fur — all fur — to help seals over the long term.”

Feral adds, “Canadians should insist that their government stop the hunt subsidies now, and use the funds to build a real economic foundation for Newfoundlanders. Canada banned whale killing, and the economy adjusted. It’s long past time to end the seal hunt “

Friends of Animals’ full page ad against Canada’s seal hunt will appear in Sunday’s, April 24 issue of The New York Daily News.

Comments

I know that the mass killing of these seals is disturbing, but I do have one question. When the seals are skinned, is the rest of the body used for anything or do the hunters just leave them? [Blog editors' note: Hello, Sarah. Canada's government comes up with various uses in addtion to the pelts from year to year. Not for things people need, though. For example, they'll promote seal oil as a source of a dietary Omega-3 supplement. If you want Omega-3, it's on the market already. It is made from sea algae and there is another form of it made from flax. Neither requires that one beats up any animals to get it.]

I just learned about these seal huntings and I have to admit I am utterly appalled by the thought that one person could be so ruthless and do that to a poor defensless seal! This is just like animal cruelty and the people should be imprisoned. It's against the law, and it makes Canada look REALLY bad!! [Blog editors' note: It is legal now; it's federal government policy. The point of Friends of Animals' campaign is not to urge that people should go to prison. The government itself must change the policy and help to stimulate Newfoundland's economy in ways that don't promote markets for seals pelts and oils.]

What kind of friggin' country would make killing those harmless seals legal?! What were they thinking?! THAT IS NOT GOOD. And I speak for all of us kids who have heard of such ruthless thing! If they think it gives them a good reputation, for whatever reason, maybe because they "feel strong or whatnot for being able to kill such harmless creatures", or "they enjoy seeing such precious animals being killed, skinned, their blood flowing all over the place", for their information, it gives them a VERY BAD reputation. other countries should protest to these kind of laws. what good is it killing a harmless creature? Honestly, everyone else here in our city thinks it's a very lame idea "hunting" seals. Why? They make you looke like wimps, because that would be the only animals they could hunt-- the helpless ones, the only ones that "gives them power because they can kill them". if they keep this up, seals would become extinct-- just like the other animals-- HELPLESS AND HARMLESS ANIMALS-- in the past. No one can blame me for giving such a bad remark in public. I'M A KID. WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?? I say what i feel-- WHAT ALL OF US KIDS FEEL. If they would have kids, they're giving them a very bad example, and it's not something that would make those kids proud of their parents. And they just involve their kids in their bad reputation.

Why would people feel it is ok to slaughter a helpless animal?

That's just plain CRUEL and WRONG in every way and you have to have absolutely NO HEART to do this.

SKinning is wrong and a horrible thing to do to animal. The poor helpless animals have no say in the matter and it makes me angry. ppl should protest till the government hears what they have to say and unterstand that its wrong and make it illegal.

I live in Canada and I'm ashamed of CANADA, so please remember I'm on your side. No animal in this world deserves this treatment. Animals want to be loved and left alone in their own environment!

This clearly justifies the claim that human beings are THE most cruel ANIMALS on this planet!!! SHAME ON US!!!

This clearly justifies the claim that human beings are THE most cruel ANIMALS on this planet!!! SHAME ON US!!!

Its unfortunate that you people are so misinformed and uneducated on the subject. Point in fact the seals are overpopulated, and the hunting off them has not hurt their numbers, but brought it to a point that the enviorment can sustain a healthy level. And besides if i find it ironic for you to think that the money the newfoundlanders make from the seal isn't insentive enough to keep them around. Just like the 30 000 price tag on a lion is more than incentive enough to keep them around for africans who find them nothing more than pests and a danger to their livlihood. Remember hunters do more for the enviorment and wildlife than any other group, we care more than you. We were the first conservationists and we will be the last. I've never seen once any anti-hunting group bring scientifical envidence that the legal and government regulated harvest of animals to be harmful to the enviorment. If hunters didn't pay to hunt, the rest of the country would have to pay to keep the populations healthy and in check. Hunting is good for the enviorment, and anyone who hunts and buys a tag is already doing something besides complaining about animals getting killed because they are cute. Lifes unfair and animals have to die, so either you let people pay to do it because they love it or you watch taxes go up for increased wildlife control. Stop complaining and get yourself a bow and do something. [ Blog editors' note: Agreeed, seals are cuter than those who say animals have to die because life is unfair. David, you wouldn't know the truth if it jumped up and shook your hand.]

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