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Tell Canada to End Its Shameful Seal Slaughter

For thousands of years, harp seals have migrated from Greenland down the coast of Canada, stopping each spring to give birth on the ice floes. Every year, a band of fishers descends on the ice to beat hundreds of tens of seals to death and sell the animals' pelts on the international fur market. Sealers routinely hook baby seals in the eye, cheek or mouth and drag them across the ice, sometimes while the animals are still conscious. Many of the seals killed in the massacre are only a few weeks old.

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Baby seals stand no chance against club-wielding sealers – pups must look on as fellow seals are bludgeoned to death only to then meet the same bloody fate. The commercial seal slaughter is an off-season profit venture for the fishing industry, and it accounts for less than 1 per cent of Newfoundland's economy. The seal slaughter is not a subsistence activity for native peoples – Inuit sealing accounts for only about 3 per cent of seals killed in Canada.

The price of seal fur is plummeting as international outrage against the seal slaughter rises. The US, Russia (which previously imported 95 per cent of Canadian seal pelts) and the European Union have banned seal products, and world leaders such as US President Barack Obama and His Holiness The Dalai Lama have denounced the massacre.

The annual seal slaughter will continue unless people like you speak out and take action to stop it, so please add your voice to the global outcry against Canada's shameful seal massacre. Please write to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Canadian ambassadors around the world to demand that they end the massacre immediately.


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Keith Ashfield
David Mulroney
Stewart Beck
Stephen Harper
Jonathan T. Fried