It’s fair to say that if you care about animals, you want to see an end to the cruel Canadian seal hunt. Every year fishermen kill hundreds of thousands of baby seals by bludgeoning them. So we have a goal: end the seal hunt. But how is the animal protection movement going to accomplish it? Two major animal welfare organizations are calling for boycotts of specific Canadian products until the government ends the hunt. They are running a boycott of Canadian seafood and Canadian maple syrup. There are many tactics being used to end the hunt, but here’s the big question: what is going to work? Next year, the 2010 Olympics are slated to take place in Vancouver, Canada. Many see this as an opportunity to focus the world’s attention on the Canadian government’s continued support for the bloody and brutal hunt. What do you think? Should we protest the 2010 Olympics in Canada? Would you be willing to trek all the way out there?
There will certainly be demonstrations and media stunts leading up to the Olympics. There are 7 months until the Olympics and I’m excited to see what kinds of things unfold. Will it be mostly quick media events? Or will there be a sustained grassroots effort to bring the seal hunt into the foreground? It has been years since the last major animal rights mobilization in North America. Perhaps this could be the event that brings back the major mobilization model.
There is already a website spoofing the official Olympics site: http://OlympicShame2010.com. There you can send a letter or email to the Olympic Organizing Committee and government officials telling them to take a stand against animal abuse and condemn the seal hunt. The world has already decided where they stand. The the United States and the European Union have already banned seal fur. Canada, the ball is now in your court.
care2 readers: How do you think the animal protection movement can use the upcoming Olympics as a opportunity to push the Canadian government closer to ending the seal hunt? Would you protest the Canadian seal hunt at the Olympics? Leave a comment below.
photo cred: OlympicShame2010.com