Our planet is an amazing place, and the wildlife that has evolved to be able to survive in the cold wastelands that are its poles, are equally astounding. Even though these animals live, breed, and die far from our collective consciousness, their fate is intertwined with our own.
Harp seals are just one of these fascinating and resilient species. Unfortunately, global warming and arctic oil drilling aren’t the only life-threatening challenges faced by these playful creatures. Once a year, Canadian hunters are unleashed into the seals’ habitat, with permission to slaughter tens of thousands of these innocent animals.
Care2′s Sharon Seltzer reports that “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.”
As the following infographic explains, this slaughter is brutal and completely unnecessary. Scroll down to get the real story about what is gained from Canada’s annual commercial seal hunt, and then sign the petition to help stop this shocking practice.
Infographic used with permission from HSUS
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