Canada’s Annual Seal Hunt Begins, Kill Quota Increased
Canada’s annual slaughter of seals is once again underway which will lead to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of baby seals who will be shot, beaten and skinned, most before they reach 12 weeks of age.
Hunters are on Hay Island’s ice in Nova Scotia where 1,900 grey seals are slated for death. The total kill quota for this year was increased to 60,000, up from 50,000 last year.
That would be a massacre of 80% of the pups born this year, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
Despite the EU ban on seal products in 2009 and public outcry from around the globe Canada’s government is still trying to convince people that their barbaric and inhumane hunt is necessary, all while spending tax-payer dollars on diligently trying to find new markets for seal products, rather than working to transition the few thousand sealers into a more stable industry.
Unfortunately, a deal was recently struck with China to allow seal meat and oil imports. Fisheries Minister Gail Shea is excited about the deal and said, “she was hopeful access to this new market would restore Canada’s sealing industry.”
Last year, dwindling markets kept hunters off the ice at Hay Island completely.
The Harp seal hunt is expected to start later this March, but a quota has yet to be set. Activists and numerous animal rights groups will continue to fight against the slaughter of helpless seal pups.
Please sign the petition urging Canada to end the slaughter.
Send a letter to Nova Scotia’s Minister of Tourism asking him to consider the impact of the hunt and stop it immediately.
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