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DFO request for public input regarding observer distance from seal kill

February 17, 2007 | Seals

Addressing Canada's seal regs from a vegan perspective

To the Department of Fisheries and Oceans:

On behalf of Friends of Animals, an international organization with offices in Canada and the U.S., I hereby respond to your call for comments on the suitability of increasing the space legally allowed between observers and the government-sanctioned seal killing off the Newfoundland and surrounding coastal areas.

Our view is this: The distance is irrelevant. We want it to be known that there is nothing left to document. Little if anything has ever been accomplished from efforts to document this killing event. We do not need more degrading footage of people killing seals. The time has come to support residents of a depressed economy in ways that acknowledge both the inherent worth of human beings and the lives of sea animals.

The question is not if the killing is cruel, or how cruel the killing is. The question is when the government of Canada will stop issuing quotas and rules and using the seals as substitutes for a real economic solution to the situation of coastal residents. Filming the kill and issuing penalties against the people engaged to carry it out does not address the root problem but instead exacerbates it.

This pointless deliberation over rules and regulations is another waste of Canadian resources that would be better directed into the provisions of real economic and social solutions.

Dave Shishkoff
Canadian Correspondent
Friends of Animals

Comments

May this world come to an end soon as we know it. Eric. [Blog editors' note: May behavior change and the earth stay alive, instead.]

What an awesome letter!! I have been against the seal hunt for as long as I can remember and applaud those who speak for those that can't. This slaughter should not be allowed to go on and the more of us that can speak up against it the better chance we have to stop it. If I can help in any way please count me in.

We need to respect and protect all life, otherwise we won't have a future to pass on. It will be bleak and without anything to offer future generations.

A country without heart for its sweet animals is not a country that I want to travel in or buy things made in.

It is so depressing, year after year to hear about and to see the terrible deaths of seals. I will not visit Canada until this ceases. You can say that I am only one person, however; when I was growing up my parents vacationed in Canada and I have fond memories. Unfortunately, my 15 year old son has never been. Stop the killing and we will visit.

Animals are my babies ever since I miscarried. Why would the world want to harm something so innocent.

Please review your policies regarding the seal slaughter. It is an outrage that your government is so callous about animal life. There are better ways to upgrade the costal peoples living conditions. Why not make it a tourist attraction? At the very least, why not package up the carcasses and ship them off to the starving polar bears at Churchill, Hudson Bay? Best of all, is just STOP!

Absolutely, best of all, is just STOP!

shame on those people who destroy these beautiful creatures.they are harmless to humans and nature.be more kind and considerate of these animals and leave them alone.Im sure the lord above would disown these people who kill these poor animals.ill pray for all of you out there that have no regard for these beautiful seals that you will think and try to understand to leave them alone.thank you Doris

It is very cruel to club the seals or to kill any living animal. Canada should be ashamed of this cruel practice. I will tell all of my friends about this and hopefully no one will want to visit Canada. I know I won't.

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