Shocking Facts About Canada’s Annual Seal Slaughter

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.

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Related Reading:

U.S. Olympian Bashes The Canadian Seal Slaughter

Victory! Russia Bans Harp Seal Imports

Witnesses Report One Of The Cruelest Seal Hunts Yet

Infographic used with permission from HSUS

Image via Thinkstock

174 comments

Michelle Barager
Michelle Barager3 years ago

Your picture is wrong and biased as is your argument. Um.completely against commercial seal hunts, but I 100% believe trade of this product through and to promote economy inside the circumferential cultures necessary, and I support them fully in their efforts to continue ye old barter system. They kill humanely and care for the soul....unlike the millions of cattle that get electrocuted to death every year, releasing potentially poisonous endorphins into our children's diet. Way to throw your whole hearted support at the wrong thing!

Carrie Anne Brown

already signed but thanks for sharing :)

Sarah M.
Sarah M.4 years ago

Petition signed!

Terri Hughes
Terri Hughes4 years ago

''SIGNED''.....BAN THE SLAUGHTER OF SEALS!!!!!!!!!!!

Isabel d.
Isabel d.4 years ago

..."But it could soon be over." I pray for it!

Mandy Harker
Mandy H.4 years ago

It's so sad to hear that this can continue, it should really have stopped by now. Signed.

Mark Donners
Mark Donner4 years ago

I never buy ANYTHING made in Canada. Check the canned fish from Canada, including sardines, herring. Avoid those like the plague. Get the ones from Germany or Morroco. Canada has gone rogue, with that insane dictator harper, who is destroying Canada's environment and wildlife for greed and destroying the earth with his filthy tar sands.

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright4 years ago

THIS HAS TO STOP NOW................this has to be one of the most horrific and barbaric acts against sentient beings ever. Makes me literally sick to my stomach.

David K.
David K.4 years ago

The inhumanity of the hakapik is absolutely shocking. No human indulging in the use of such a vicious tool is worthy of any consideration at all. The Canadian government should immediately prohibit this seal pup slaughter without consider the vicious bullies who behaviour

Sharon P.
Sharon P.4 years ago

@Will R. It's the baby seal FUR that is the target - that's why they kill them so young. The Fur only lasts a few months and people who purchase fur items aren't always aware that it's baby seal fur. Pretty despicable.