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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

Until this slaughter is completely stopped, I will not purchase ANYTHING Canadian and will not visit Canada. Canadians wake up!

This letter breaks my heart How can these people be so cruel to these beautiful animals.. How would they like to have someone club them. Marilyn Murphy

Please 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.

How in the name of common decency, could anyone be so ruthless, inhumane, cruel, bloodthirsty, etc. as to harm a baby of any species. The animals are innocent. May your conscience bear the results of these actions.

This is sickening. You can tell a country's advancement by its treatment of animals. I would have thought more highly of Canada. Let us continue to do whatever we can to stop this practice.

How can people do these horrible things.

Cruelty is cruelty and in this day and age where we have the means for food and clothing humane ways, there will never be justification for it. How can any decent human being believe that beating to death an innocent baby seal or any animal is the right thing to do? No one has the right to decide and control what species deserves to live or die ,

stop this inhumane act of destroying seals. your lovely country doesn't look good covered with the blood of innocent animals. never will i again visit your country until this tragedy stops!!!

Canada you should be ashamed I don't know how you people sleep at night..I also will not be visiting your country & I also will not being purchasing canadian (products)& will make sure I share your barbaric ways with as many people as I can so that they too can boycott Canada...PLEASE STOP YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY BUT ARE SOOOO BEHIND THE TIMES WHEN IT COMES TO THE BARBARIC KILLING OF THE BEAUTIFUL & INNOCENT SEALS***I WONDER HOW GOD LOOKS UPON YOUR ACTIONS..

observers? they should all be charged with harrassing seal hunters, you people miss represent yourself by showing pictures of a "white coat" or seal pup. It has been illegel for over 20 years to harvest white coats and the only seals that are harvested are mature. besides that the use of the seal club or "hakapik" has also been outlawed and seals must now be shot humanely. Why cant you people turn your attention to other worthwhile causes like the enviroment, something that will make the whole planet extinct. i just think that it is shameful that the only way that your organization represents itself to gain supporters and there to steal their hard earned money is to forward information that has been outdated by a number of DECADES. I invite all "friends of animals" to come to Labrador and be my guest. I will have a fresh pot of seal stew and dumplings and some flipper pie on the warmer. Jonny Ward [Blog editors' note: The photos we show of the seals typically have light grey spotting; these are representative of the young seals killed. Would it matter if they were older? Taking life is still taking life.]

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