Search Our Site

Search form

social

Photos from the 2006 International Day of Protest Against Canada's Seal Hunt

March 16, 2006 | Seals

The protest was a great success! We had a huge turnout, with over 200 supporters who came out today-handing out all our flyers and getting all the postcards filled out by passerby. I was interviewed on camera by an AP reporter, so be on the lookout for coverage on TV. Nellie Mckay, the singer/songwriter/animal activist came to the protest and she was leading chants on the megaphone, and Joan (FoA staff) also led chants in five languages to represent the International support for the seals.

Photos by Edita Birnkrant.

Seal protest takes up entire NYC block
2006 seal protest, NYC
Nellie Mckay at the 2006 protest, NYC.
2006 seal protest, NYC
2006 seal protest, NYC
2006 protest, NYC. Nellie Mckay on megahorn.
2006 seal protest, NYC
Nellie Mckay and others at the 2006 protest, NYC.
2006 seal protest, Vancouver
A protest held in Vancouver, Canada, 2006.

Foreign tourism brought in $18 billion in revenue to Canada in 2004, with a large portion coming from New England visitors. 78 million dollars was spent to boost the tourism industry—a figure far larger than the annual revenues from dead seals ($16.5 million). A foreign-tourism boycott supported by national animal advocacy groups would put pressure where it belongs—on the Canadian government—to end the seal hunt and the federal subsidies that support it.

People throughout the world - especially Canadians - should insist that the Canadian government stop the hunt subsidies immediately. 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. Respect marine life, and Newfoundland's human residents.

Pamela Wallin, Canadian Consulate General
1251 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY, United States 10020-1175
Telephone: 1.212.596.1628
Facsimile: 1.212.596.1790

The Right Honourable Stephen Joseph Harper
Prime Minister
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0A2
Facsimile: 1.613.941.6900

Comments

Its sad to see that we keep going back to what happened in 1960 and the hunting tecniques used then. It is now 2006 80% of seals are killed with high powered rifles. Yes the other 20% are clubbed. I dont see how 1 or rarely more than 2 quick blows to the head is a inhumane kill it takes less than 2 seconds. When an animal is killed it moves even after death the same is true for seals. Its called a swim reflex. So when a sealer starts to skin a seal it appears to be moving. Its only reflex. Think its about time to get a new spoksmen because the white coat harp seal is misleading to people. as again white coats cant be harvested. To the lady who poasted that newfoundlanders are ignorant, heartless excuses for human beings because some of them kill seals what about the butcher that killed the cow you eat when you go to mc donalds. Its no different. [Blog editors respond: Correct; it is no different. We hope that all visitors to this site will consider the interest of every feeling, self-aware being in continuing to live -- whether that being is an adult cow or a young seal, whether shot or clubbed or bled to death, quickly or slowly. Let us find ways to stop killing.]

I am totally motified that these inhumane gruops or whatever can hurt animals. Do you treat you kids like this?? Marie Gratton

I think it very wrong.killing any anomal for its fur is wrong. I may only be 11 but I know alot about my world and I know whats humane and whats not, and this is NOT humane. I see these seals and think about what they do and I fill with anger.

HI MY NAME IS TOSHA KNOWLES AND I HELP MY FAMILY OUT ALOT CAUSE WE HELP HURT ANIMALS AND I THINK THAT ITS VERY WRONG THE WAY WE TREAT THEM NOW...

Friends: A holistic intervention means that we’re respectful of marine life, the entire marine ecology, and the residents of Newfoundland. In turn, we expect the Canadian coast-dwellers to consider modelling this same respect. We do not underestimate the courage it will take for Newfoundland residents to move away from the use of fishes and seals. We are demanding a lot from the people of Newfoundland; let's understand that. There are indeed people who reside at the Newfoundland coast and who have turned away from an economy that besieges sea life. They should have opportunities cultivated by the government which claims to represent them, instead of being expected by the government to produce a quota of seals each year. A holistic intervention would view Newfoundlanders as potential allies. Therefore, we exert our economic pressure not on the people living at the sea coast, but on the government that sets the quotas, opens new markets, and fails to engage the human potential of its coastal populace. Lee Hall Legal Director Friends of Animals

Stephen, when are Newfoundlanders going to take pride in productive jobs other than depleting the earth of its natural resources? The fact that all these people rely on fishing is a geographical accident, it's the easy way out. Getting some training on a trade or career demands brains and commitment. How about going to school, getting an office job, becoming a school teacher, a plumber or a builder? Why is it that Newfoundlanders with some brains have to leave Newfoundland? I have friends from Newfoundland who work with me, who hate the seal hunt and the sealers. They had to put up with their ignorant, archaic ways all their lives. Sealers are selfish people who bring terrible reputation to Newfoundland and Canada. I've seen sealers take their sons on the ice and teach them how to bash a seal pup's head in, with pride (and yes, a 15-day old seal is still a baby!) . Have these sealers ever heard of a college education? That is what they should be giving their sons, not a legacy of bloody , destructive work. While some of us try to teach our children compassion to all beings, others teach them how to kill everything that moves. If you don't want to hear us oppose the seal hunt, this is not the forum for you. We are here to stop this travesty, whatever it takes.

I am 11 years old and i think that people who kill or harm animals in any way are idiots.Why would someone harm a poor animal that cant defend itself?!? What if you got killed or harmed just because you are a human or because you are black or white? People thnk before you act! i hate how people treat animals just because there animals!

Hi i am 12 years old and i think that what you did is spectacular and i look forward to hearing the good things coming from Friends of Animals in the future!

If the seal hunt cannot be stopped, what solutions do you suggest to make the culling more humane? FoA comments: A more appropriate question is, "If culling cannot be made humane, what solutions do you suggest to stop the seal hunt?". Answer: Friends of Animals will continue to put pressure on the Canadian people and their government to stop the seal hunt.

WHAT THE ARE THEY DOING THAT????! KILLING FOR NO REASON AT ALL JUST FOR"LOOKS" AND HANDBAGS!!! IM SOOO NOT SHOPPING AT THOSE STORES AGAIN THIS IS TERRIBLE AND MUST BE STOPPED, DONT LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THIS> ITS A SIN AND UNACCEPTABLE FOR ANYONE TO KILL FOR NO REASON BESIDES TO GET THIER SKIN thank you Brooke

Pages