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Seal Hunt Could See an End: Seals and a Senator Need Your Help

Seal Hunt Could See an End: Seals and a Senator Need Your Help

Canada’s annual seal hunt is the largest slaughter of marine mammals on earth. With hundreds of thousands of helpless baby seals killed senselessly each year for their fur, most no more than 14 days old, pristine white seal speckled shores are turned red by acts of barbaric savagery as these pups are shot, beaten and skinned. 

The Canadian government would like people to believe the seal hunt is done humanely. If that’s true, then why do they try so hard to deter people from watching?

The answer would appear to be that anytime anyone gets coverage, it’s graphic footage like this, this, this, this and this that looks anything but humane.

Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society stated in an editorial that, “We at Sea Shepherd merely report on what we see, and during the last week we have seen and video-taped a seal pup being skinned alive. We have seen seal pups thrashing about in agony on the ice as their blood is splattered across the floes with every convulsion of their young bodies. We have seen a seal pup trying to escape its killer with an eyeball dangling from its socket, trailing a stream of blood, searching desperately for protection or a place to run to. Unable to swim, unable to escape, unable to defend itself–this is the very definition of helplessness.”

In that same editorial, Watson also mentioned a letter he received from Gene Kelly, a sealer, that stated, “… There is no greater pleasure than clubbing a baby seal and feeling that skull collapsing and watching them trying to crawl away and then smacking the little s**ts again. It ideally should be accomplished in one blow but sometimes it takes two or even three!!”

Eh? I’m sorry Canada, but in what universe is any of this humane? Even veterinarians won’t back up that claim.  According to the Humane Society, “a report by an independent team of veterinarians who studied the hunt concluded that governmental regulations regarding humane killing were neither being respected nor enforced, and that the seal hunt failed to comply with Canada’s basic animal welfare standards.”

On a brighter note, it finally looks like outrage from around the globe is bringing the sealing industry closer and closer to an end.

This week, the Internal Markets and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament voted in favor of a ban on trade in seal products in the European Union.

“A clear majority of citizens across the European Union are horrified by the cruel clubbing to death of thousands of seals every year,” said Arlene McCarthy, the committee’s chair. “They do not want these products on sale in the EU and today, the internal market committee has backed citizens’ demands for a ban.”

In order to make this a law, it will need to be backed by the EU assembly and EU governments. The European Parliament is expected to vote in April. 

Meanwhile, another great hero has taken a courageous, and historic, stand for seals! Yesterday Senator Mac Harb of Canada has successfully introduced Bill S-229, a.k.a. the “Harb Seal Bill”, which would protect seals in Canadian waters and the rights of aboriginal people to hunt them, for first reading in the Canadian Senate.

Unfortunately, no one was willing to second it, which means it won’t get debated until someone else wants to back it.

Harb has proceeded undaunted. According to IFAW, he wants to fill his office “from floor to ceiling” with letters of support for the Harb Seal Bill.

“For the government of Canada to continue defending the commercial seal hunt is not the answer,” said Senator Mac Harb. “We can’t go on burying our heads in the sand and pretending everything is going to be okay. It is time to provide mechanisms to transition the few thousand individuals involved in sealing out of this declining industry and into jobs with more promising futures.”


Please send a letter to Canadian Senators and the Canadian Embassy through IFAW and help them reach their goal of 200,000 letters by April.


Please sign Care2’s petition to end seal hunting.


Please sign PETA’s petition to urge the Canadian Olympic Committee to end the slaughter. 


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12:11PM PDT on Sep 13, 2009

Christine Care, please educate me, educate us please

6:49AM PDT on Apr 27, 2009

Hey Susan, your anthropomorphism is childish, and your racism is showing. Don't send me any more personal messages.

3:23PM PDT on Apr 24, 2009

Christine C. is one of those misguided beings that thinks her life is more important than any other creature on the planet.
She's wrong, and we just have to turn our backs on her and walk away, to where we will keep working on stopping this terrible practice. Perhaps, if she went out back and clubbed herself over the head a few times, she would understand what it feels like!!!!

3:14PM PDT on Apr 24, 2009

Comfort those who are addicted to fur?????? PLEASE!!!!!
What do you think will help them? A fir pelt to boohoo into while they get used to the fact that they already have six fir coats, and can't buy any more due to high cost???????

4:01PM PDT on Apr 16, 2009

According to the Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans it is perfectly legal for seals to be clubbed up to one year of age. How a hunter can tell the difference between an 11 month old and a seal over a year I do not know. So YES hunters DO club seals. It is legal to kill a seal once it is about 12 to 14 days old. And I'm sure all hunters abide by the rules (heavy sarcasm). Personally I don't give a damn whether the seals are cute or not Christine C, as I told you when you wrote to me personally, I am still against this vile hunt. Please don't assume that just because someone doesn't agree with you that they are hypnotised by cuteness and incapable of educating themselves about the issue.

3:12PM PDT on Apr 15, 2009

Unfortunately it is hard enough for me to read about what is going on without having to watch it. I don't need to see it on a video, I can picture it in my mind already.

7:01AM PDT on Apr 15, 2009


5:16AM PDT on Apr 15, 2009


12:53PM PDT on Apr 3, 2009

To reiterate, we do not club seals. Please do your research and get your facts straight. Take the blinders off and look at what the seal hunt is. It is no different than any other hunt that provides emplyment and food. Just because a seal is "cute" you scream and shout about things you know nothing about. This is my last word on this, I don't think you want to be educated. If you want to protect an endangered species then find one and do it, but the seal is not one of them.

7:59PM PDT on Mar 20, 2009

there are other ways to provide for families in a humane way but clubbing seals is not one of them

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