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Jan 16, 2008

Focus:Animal Welfare
Action Request:Write E-Mail
Location:United States
FULL CONTACT INFORMATION. Email block + sample letter follow
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CANADIAN POLITICIANS
   The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans    
    HOUSE OF COMMONS
    Parliament Buildings, Wellington Street
    Ottawa, Ontario; Canada, K1A 0A6
    ph: 613-992-0927; fax: 613-995-7858
    email:
Hearn.L@parl.gc.ca, mp@loyolahearn.nf.net, min@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
    SOURCE:
http://www.loyolahearnmp.ca/EN/contact_loyola/

    The Honourable David Emerson, Minister of International Trade
   House of Commons
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6
    ph: 613-943-0267; fax: 613-943-0219; email:
Emerson.D@parl.gc.ca
    SOURCE: http://webinfo.parl.gc.ca/MembersOfParliament/ProfileMP.aspx?Key=78539&Language=E

    The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
   Office of the Prime Minister, 80 Wellington Street
    Ottawa, K1A 0A2
    ph: 613-992-421; fax: 613-941-6900
    email:
pm@pm.gc.ca, Harper.S@parl.gc.ca
    SOURCE: http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/contact.asp?pageId=30
     http://webinfo.parl.gc.ca/MembersOfParliament/ProfileMP.aspx?Key=78553&Language=E

    The Honourable Gerald Keddy
   Parliament Member for the South Shore of Nova Scotia
    House of Commons
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6
    ph: 613-996-0877; fax: 613-996-0878; email:
Keddy.G@parl.gc.ca
    SOURCE:
http://webinfo.parl.gc.ca/MembersOfParliament/ProfileMP.aspx?Key=78823&Language=E

    CONTACT INFO FOR EVERY MEMBER OF CANADIAN PARLIAMENT:
   
http://www.parl.gc.ca/common/SenatorsMembers_house.asp?Language=E&Parl=38&Ses=1&Sect=hoccur

CANADIAN EMBASSIES AND CONSULUTES
   
FIND CONTACT INFO FOR EMABSSY/CONSULATE IN YOUR COUNTRY:
   
http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/world/embassies/cra-en.asp

   The Embassy of Canada in the United States
   The Honourable Michael Wilson, Office of the Ambassador
    501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    ph: 202-682-1740; fax: 202-682-7726; email:
canada@canadianembassy.org

CANADIAN TOURISM
   
Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)   
   Suite 1400, Four Bentall Centre
    1055 Dunsmuir St./Box 49230
    Vancouver, BC V7X 1L2, Canada
    ph: 604-638-8300
    website:
http://www.corporate.canada.travel/en/ca/

   CTC's U.S. Leisure Marketing Department
   Siobhan Chretien, Executive Director, U.S . Leisure Marketing
    604-638-8392;
chretien.siobhan@ctc-cct.ca

    Ernst Flach, Manager, U.S. Leisure Marketing
    604-638-8375;
flach.ernst@ctc-cct.ca

    Yolaine Dupont, Marketing Specialist, U.S. Leisure Marketing
    604-638-8379;
dupont.yolaine@ctc-cct.ca

    Paul Nursey, Marketing Specialist, U.S. Leisure Marketing
    604-638-8378;
nursey.paul@ctc-cct.ca

    Katherine Mulligan, Project & Administration Officer, U.S. Leisure Marketing
    604-638-8377;
mulligan.katherine@ctc-cct.ca

    CTC's U.S. Leisure Sales Department
   
iris.susan@ctc-cct.ca, campbell.monica@ctc-cct.ca, dolan.heather@ctc-cct.ca,
    
brown.saunders@ctc-cct.ca, karins.tom@ctc-cct.ca

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EMAIL BLOCKS: All emails in this alert.
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Hearn.L@parl.gc.ca, mp@loyolahearn.nf.net , min@dfo-mpo.gc.ca,
Emerson.D@parl.gc.ca, pm@pm.gc.ca , Harper.S@parl.gc.ca, Keddy.G@parl.gc.ca,
canada@canadianembassy.org

chretien.siobhan@ctc-cct.ca, flach.ernst@ctc-cct.ca,
dupont.yolaine@ctc-cct.ca, nursey.paul@ctc-cct.ca,
mulligan.katherine@ctc-cct.ca, iris.susan@ctc-cct.ca,
campbell.monica@ctc-cct.ca, dolan.heather@ctc-cct.ca,
brown.saunders@ctc-cct.ca, karins.tom@ctc-cct.ca

*Kinship Circle cannot guarantee validity of email addresses. During
campaigns, recipients may change or disable their email addresses. Emails
obtained from government websites may be incorrect.

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SAMPLE LETTER --  
This letter is prepared to inform you about the issue.
Try to shorten and personalize your letter before sending.
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Dear Prime Minister Harper and Honourable Government Officials Of Canada:

I urge you to terminate the government-subsidized slaughter of seals. If
Canada resumes its seal hunt in March 2008, I renew my pledge to boycott
Canadian seafood and tourism.

In the last two years, 98% of seals killed ranged from 2 weeks to 3 months
in age. During the annual ambush on whelping grounds, pups are gunned down,
bludgeoned, kicked, and thrashed with hakapiks. Some are left to rot on the
ice floes.

Last year, sealers killed 215,000 seals, even as more pups perished amid
melting ice. Global warming threatens to deplete ice fields in the Gulf of
St. Lawrence and off Newfoundland where harp seals breed. If Canadian
authorities intend to initiate "real action" on global warming, they should
phase-out this unsustainable hunt rather than inflate kill quotas.

It's time to close a contentious industry. In January 2008, the Fur
Institute of Canada's Bruce Williams told The Canadian Press the sealing
trade is in "crisis" due to anticipated seal import bans in Germany, Italy
and Austria. Belgium and Holland have already enacted bans on seal goods.

As you know, the European Commission is considering a ban throughout the
European Union. Ironically, Canadian Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn
recently interpreted a scientific review from the European Food and Safety
Authority (EFSA) to mean Canada "upholds the...humaneness of hunting
practices and techniques." In fact, EFSA's report reveals critical flaws in
Canada's Marine Mammal Regulations with regard to animal welfare.

In one of several examples, EFSA recommends seals not be moved, gaffed or
hauled until confirmed dead or irreversibly unconscious. Canadian law
presently lets hunters hook seals without verifying unconsciousness or
death. Photographic documentation depicts sealers dragging alert animals
with boathooks. A team of impartial veterinarians once determined 42% of
examined seals failed to become insensible from cranial injury. They
concluded the seals were cognizant when skinned.

Since ethical concerns do not seem to influence policy, I reiterate my
commitment to the international boycott of Canadian seafood and tourism. In
the U.S. alone, seafood exports bring billions to Canada's economy.
Conversely, the seal hunt has little financial relevance in Newfoundland,
where most sealers reside. Sealers fish the rest of the year. Sealing
generates a minute portion of their livelihoods.

The hunt lacks ecological, financial or ethical justification. Though
officials have used the decline of cod populations in the North Atlantic as
grounds to kill seals, there is no conclusive evidence linking harps seals
to diminishing cod. Over-fishing is the likely culprit, as noted in past
statements from the government's own scientists.

Polls indicate most Americans and Europeans disapprove of the seal hunt,
with many prepared to boycott Canadian seafood until it ends. Please
permanently cancel the Canadian seal hunt.

Thank you,

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Posted: Wednesday January 16, 2008, 3:04 pm
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