Care2 Success! Seal Pups Saved from Certain Death

Today, Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) gave the Aquarium des Iles permission to release two six-month-old harp seal pups who were slated for death on September 15.

“This achievement can be attributed to public pressure from a viral Care2 petition launched by Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre, Salt Spring Island, BC that garnered more than 140,000 signatures in less than two weeks; by mass emails of protest from the public to the Aquarium and to Fisheries & Oceans; through our postings on dozens of environmental and animal welfare websites; intense lobbying led by Cheryl Fink of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW); and behind the scenes support by the Brigitte Bardot Foundation,” said Jackie Ballerone, Director of the IWNCC in a statement.

The two pups, Zak and Mika, were taken from the wild by the DFO this spring and accepted by the aquarium for display, even though aquarium officials knew they would be senselessly killed at the end of the tourist season.

The practice of taking seal pups has been going on for decades with releases at the end of the season, but for some unknown reason, the DFO is suddenly arguing 25 years later that pups could contaminate wild seals and other wild animals. They advised the aquarium to destroy the seals.

After hearing about their plight from an employee at the aquarium who reached out to organizations for help to save the pups, the IWNCC stepped up and set up a Care2 petition campaigning for their release.

As pressure mounted from the public and a solution was offered by IFAW, the aquarium found itself in even more hot water after essentially issuing a ransom note announcing that pups would be spared, but only if animal advocates were willing to pay $73,000 for their care before September 21.

“The sudden and unexpected decision by the Department of Fisheries & Oceans to allow the seals to be released back into the wild brought a collective sigh of relief from everyone who has been working so hard to save the lives of these two innocents,” said Ballerone.

With the help of almost 140,000 Care2 members who signed the petition, these seals will be free!

 

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484 comments

Julia R.
Julia R.about a month ago

I'm glad that these two pups were spared! But, what about the hundreds of thousands that are mercilessly killed every year in Canada's bloodthirsty commercial slaughter that the DFO gives its total approval of, even though these harp seals are becoming increasingly more endangered by the loss of sea ice! Where is the concern about all of these seals by the Prime Minister, the Canadian parliament, or the DFO! These poor seal pups need to be spared from this senseless and totally morally reprehensible slaughter- all just for pelts which no one needs are even apparently wants any more- as the govt. of Canada- is subsidizing these bloody and shockingly cruel hunts!

Miriam O.
Miriam Site issuesabout a year ago

დ╮ THANK YOU for your time and for posting! ╭დ╯

Mark Donner
Mark Donner1 years ago

Dale O. is spewing back the usual vicious Canadian government propaganda.. why? Because the pathetic fact is so many Canadians are too weak spined to actually take a moral stance against anything particularly the serial killers in their government, since the Canadian tyrannical degraded government brainwashing rules their lives The fact is that the "DFO" is a hard core criminal Canadian organization. They flagrantly break the law and allow the worst possible cruelty on the ice, for their gangs of East Coast thugs. The "DFO" allows the killing of "whitecoats" (before they change their coats) which is illegal, but like all of Canada's governmental organizations, they are a criminal organization. The entire Canadian government is a renegade gang that does not belong in the family of civilized nations. By the way Dale O. at least HALF of the seal pups viciously murdered are clubbed in a mind boggling bloodbath orgy which rivals the gassing campaigns of the German concentration camps. Those seal pups can be (legally) clubbed and skinned alive (with screaming mothers trying futilely to protect them) when they are 12-14 days old, and THEY CAN'T EAT SOLID FOOD OR SWIM AT THAT PHASE.

Mark Donner
Mark Donner1 years ago

Dale O. is spewing back the usual vicious Canadian government propaganda.. why? Because the pathetic fact is so many Canadians are too weak spined to actually take a moral stance against anything particularly the serial killers in their government, since the Canadian tyrannical degraded government brainwashing rules their lives The fact is that the "DFO" is a hard core criminal Canadian organization. They flagrantly break the law and allow the worst possible cruelty on the ice, for their gangs of East Coast thugs. The "DFO" allows the killing of "whitecoats" (before they change their coats) which is illegal, but like all of Canada's governmental organizations, they are a criminal organization. The entire Canadian government is a renegade gang that does not belong in the family of civilized nations. By the way Dale O. at least HALF of the seal pups viciously murdered are clubbed in a mind boggling bloodbath orgy which rivals the gassing campaigns of the German concentration camps. Those seal pups can be (legally) clubbed and skinned alive (with screaming mothers trying futilely to protect them) when they are 12-14 days old, and THEY CAN'T EAT SOLID FOOD OR SWIM AT THAT PHASE.

Barbara Peterlin
bpNofwdsStrs P.2 years ago

I love seal pups. Cute pups!

Barbara Peterlin
bpNofwdsStrs P.2 years ago

I love seal pups. Cute pups!

Barbara Peterlin
bpNofwdsStrs P.2 years ago

I love seal pups. Cute pups!

Mary T.
Mary T.2 years ago

thanks to everyone who helped to save the seal pups

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Edvanir L.
Edvanir L.3 years ago

Long life for them!!!