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Tell Canada It Has No Excuses Left For Seal Hunt

Tell Canada It Has No Excuses Left For Seal Hunt

Evidence from a new study found that harp seal pups in the North Atlantic are dying at an alarming rate due to the effects of climate change. The news prompted calls to Canada from around the world, telling the country it has run out of excuses to continue its annual commercial hunt that brutally kills hundreds of thousands of seals.

For decades Canada has pitted itself against animal activists using weak excuses to hunt harp seal pups for their fur in the name of conservation or economic rights, but the new study shows the seals are in a state of crisis and tosses out any of their previous justifications.

Scientists from Duke University tracked satellite records of sea ice in the harp seal breeding grounds in the Gulf of St. Lawrence from 1992 to 2010. They found the winter sea ice was thinning and decreasing in the area. Then they compared the yearly reports of dead seal pups in the region and the numbers were devastating. The study was funded by International Fund for Animal Welfare.

“The kind of mortality we’re seeing in eastern Canada is dramatic,” said David Johnston, research scientist at Duke University Marine Lab. “Entire year classes may be disappearing from the population in low ice years. Essentially all of the pups die.”

Even the Canadian government agrees with the study. The department of fisheries and oceans suspects that up to 80 percent of the seal pups born in 2011 died because of a lack of ice.

Female harp seals depend on stable winter ice floes to give birth and nurse their young. The pups live on the ice until they are big enough to hunt on their own. Seals typically seek out the thickest patches of sea ice each February and March.

Johnston explained the seals are able to adapt to minor changes in ice conditions, but didn’t know if they would be able to move to new breeding grounds, such as those off Greenland.

“There’s only so much ice out there and declines in the quantity and quality of it across the region, coupled with the earlier arrival of spring ice breakup, is literally leaving these populations on thin ice,” said Johnston.

Call To Action: Tell Canada It Has No Excuses Left For Seal Cull

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6:36AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

Amy O ......... Maybe He is, but he's sure taking his time to DO something about it ! OKay you say the killers will go to hell ..... but how many more seals will these people kill before then ? We and the seals CANNOT WAIT !!!!!!!!!!!!

6:24AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

God is in charge of this situation! These killers WILL SEE HELL! IT'S MURDER AND THAT'S A FACT!! USELESS HUMANS .. SPIT

3:13AM PST on Jan 10, 2013

There is never any excuse on offer

5:07PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

And I thought Canada was an educated country not third world.....

2:07AM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

I hope those who are responsible for the seal slaughter will be cursed for the rest of their lives ! Learn from Japan’s experience, the massive tsunami which was God’s revenge for the killing of innocent dolphins, whales and purpoises.

7:22AM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Enough is enough, blood-thirsty Canadian bastards.

9:02PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ---St. Francis of Assisi..."

9:02PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ---St. Francis of Assisi..."

1:21PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

There is no excuse to butcher seals. What defense do they have other than human voices that are suppose to be civilized. this barbaric and not necessary. Why do they allow the slaughter other than for the greed..ignorance of deaf ears and no ungodly reason then let Canada explain.. WHY to the world their actions. How can you change the minds of morons.
It is just a baby seal that who would care other then the mother seal witnessing th death. Man will never learn that animals do see..do hear the cry of their young being slaughtered.
Man must take a step back to the ways that animals were for food and clothing . Not a commodity that only the rich can pay to adorns their humans bodies with the skins of dead animals. get real money to line the pockets of designers.Ann

12:52PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

P.S. Tavi, if we shouldn't believe many credible sources about this and what they say, why should we believe anything you say?

You see, that's a double-edged sword, isn't it? For all we know, 'you were there, it's not so bad, it helps people in a way nothing else on earth possibly could', blah blah, blah...say absolutely whatEVER you want, you sure could be full of it too.

I'll go with the other sources before I go with you. Nothing personal.

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