“Clubbing of seals a subsidized hobby”

Every spring, harp seal pups off the east coast of Canada are barbarically clubbed and shot to death by sealers for their fur. This year due to global warming and the melting of the ice flows, sadly, baby seals will perish before the sealers arrive.   Clubbing seals for fun and profit

We must speak out and urge Canada to cancel the hunt and spare the surviving pups.
Wolves, seals, polar bears, whale on and on to some countries trading in animals parts and making money on the backs of threatened or endangered animals is a way of life.

In the US we cannot throw stones, we just finished slaughtering over 500 wolves and brought the numbers down to unsustainable levels.

Now Canada will allow seal hunters to slaughter 388,200 harp, grey and hooded seals this year, an increase of 50,000 from 2009.

Clubbed and skinned alive

The current kill levels are higher than they have been in half a century.
Canada’s annual commercial clubbing of seals is the largest commercial hunt of marine mammals on the planet. But will the few pennies made by each fisherman/hunter backfire on their commercial fishing income?
How?  Culling harp seals could further inhibit recovery of commercially valuable fish stocks in the Northwest Atlantic.

Time to up the pressure some more the growing worldwide criticism does not seem to penetrate the thick $$ hide of those backing the slaughter. Besides the blatant hunt’s cruelty of the hunt, the Canadian government and fishing industry have spread lots of misinformation.
The real facts about the Canadian hunt:
In 2006, 98 percent of the harp seals killed were pups under just three months of age.
Sealers are fishermen from Canada’s East Coast. There are under 6,000 fishermen who actively participate in the seal hunt each year.
Cruelty of the hunt?
Veterinarians who studied the hunt concluded that the seal hunt failed to comply with Canada’s basic animal welfare standards. In 42 percent of the cases studied, the seals had likely been skinned alive while conscious.
There are no penalties if hunters exceed their quotas. In 2004, sealers killed close to 16,000 seals more than the permitted quota. Again, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans extended the sealing season until well into June.
Each killing method is cruel. Shooting at seals from moving boats, the pups may only be wounded. if so then they are often left to suffer in agony—many slip beneath the surface of the water where they die slowly and are never recovered.

Why do they  kill so many?
Seals are killed for their fur which is make into fashion garments, seal oil  is used for both industry and for human consumption, and seal penises have been sold in Asian markets as an aphrodisiac. The commercially useless seal carcasses are left to rot where they lay on the ice.
This hunt is subsidized by the Canadian government at tax payers expense. The seal hunt is also indirectly subsidized by the Norwegian government. It purchases about 80% of the seal skins from the hunt and the skins are shipped unprocessed to Norway, There to be tanned and re-exported.
In the 1990s, the Canadian government rejuvenated the commercial seal hunt through massive subsidies. Nearly one million seal pups killed in the past three years alone, will this be yet another mammal driven to extinction through the blind greed of man?
Please take action now.

Boycott Canadian fish until seal slaughter is stopped for good.


Resources

Excerpts courtesy  of HSUS http://bit.ly/cNrEbX
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2 Comments

  1. andreaseals said,

    April 12, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Hi my name is Andrea, and I work for the Government of Canada on the seal file. While some may not agree with the harvest itself, it is important to note that government fishery officers monitor the harvest and enforce a strict three-step process based on recommendations by animal welfare experts to ensure that seals are harvested humanely. The harp seal population in Atlantic Canada is healthy and abundant, with the latest estimate putting it at approximately 6.9 million, or three times what it was in the 1970s. The harp seal population is not at risk, even under current ice conditions. Also, it has been illegal in Canada to harvest whitecoats seals (such as the one pictured above) since 1987. If you’re interested in learning more about the harvest, visit http://bit.ly/9rqEQe

  2. April 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Andrea
    Thanks for your input.


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