By Sheryl Fink
Slaughtered—just for their fur. Year after year, tens of thousands of seals are killed during Canada’s commercial seal hunt. The animals are skinned, and sometimes their flippers are cut off. Then their bodies are tossed away.
It’s an unnecessary, horrifying waste of life. The fight to end this cruel hunt needs YOU.
Seal meat, while eaten in some parts of Canada, is not the product hunters focus on during the commercial seal hunt on Canada’s East Coast. Almost all of the animals—92 percent in 2013—are dumped on the ice or tossed back into the ocean once their fur has been removed. Shockingly, this is completely legal.
How can Canada justify this cruelty and waste?
Despite increasing global outcry and the closure of markets for seal products in 34 countries, the Canadian government continues to support this cruel and unnecessary slaughter—defying international opinion, providing millions in financial bailouts to the sealing industry, and spending additional millions contesting the measured findings of international legal bodies.
This year, incredibly, the Canadian government has sanctioned the slaughter of 400,000 harp seals to be clubbed or shot to death.
It’s time to end the seal hunt.
Take a moment to write Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea. Ask them to stop supporting this unnecessary commercial seal hunt, and start supporting a transition for sealers out of this cruel and wasteful industry.
Thank you for caring about the animals.