Seal Hunt Protests at New York City Canadian Consulate
Tuesday, March 29th marked the first day of the 2005 period, lasting about 6 weeks, in which Canadian seal hunters are club and killing about 320,000 harp and hooded seal pups.
Friends of Animals members and supporters protested at the door of the Canadian Consulate. Holding posters and informing people about the hunt, we now gather weekly to demand the abolition of Canada’s seal massacre.
Justifications for the hunt have varied. First, we heard that seals ate too many Atlantic codfish. The latest excuse comes from the Canadian seal oil salespeople. If seal oil can be marketed, they argue, then Canadians aren’t just killing for the fur salons of Europe and Canada. But no matter what the excuse, seals are not commodities. They’re more than fur, more than oil: They are living, feeling beings, entitled to their freedom.
Firm opposition is required during the entire seal hunt season. Join our weekly rally every Tuesday of the seal hunt season. Let the world know that the Canadian government continues to subsidize the annual slaughter on the ice floes at Newfoundland’s coast.
Meet us in New York City
Tuesday, April 5th, 12:30-2:30 p.m. (and every Tuesday until May 10th)
Consulate General of Canada
1251 Avenue of the Americas (50th St. & 6th Avenue) New York, NY
Keep the letters coming
If you live in another area, please feel empowered to back up the seals today; send a letter opposing the hunt to:
The Right Honourable Paul Martin Prime Minister
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street Ottawa
Ontario Canada, K1A 0A2
Pamela Wallin, Canadian Consulate General
1251 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY United States 10020-1175
Ask Canada to become a beacon of a humane global society by calling an immediate stop to the seal hunt. If the Canadian government wishes to give economic and social support to Newfoundlanders, it should certainly do so. But it should not mean the skin off a seal’s back.