Written by PETA
In an apparent effort to recoup profits lost as a result of the dwindling demand for seal products, Canada will begin selling seal meat to China. Why China? Well, the sealing industry can't seem to find anybody else to buy the stuff.
Amid an international public outcry against the seal slaughter—in which baby seals are hooked in the eye or cheek, bludgeoned, drowned, and sometimes skinned alive—the European Union recently banned the import of all seal products from Canada, and the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution calling for an end to the massacre (sales of seal products are already banned in the U.S.). As a result, the price of a seal pelt has dropped from $100 just a few years ago to only $15 last year.
You can help keep the pressure on by e-mailing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and telling him to stop the seal slaughter immediately. You can also post a pro-seal message on Facebook or Twitter.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Julija, by the time you read this entire message, more chickens and cattle will be slaughtered in the US this very moment than the entire Canadian seal cull this Spring; everyone knows what the life of a chicken is worth in the supermarket. And Americans, don't even dare to use the "apples & oranges" speech here; life is life..
I'm Canadian, and it's every bit my right, and my obligation, to complain to my government. When you have politicians, who have probably never ate the stuff in their life, posing for photo-ops eating seal flesh, or trying to introduce seal meat into the parliamentary cafeteria, then you know something is up. Canada has been spanked a couple of times on the seal issue (first the U.S.A banned seal products, and now the U.E.), and they don't like it. So like a spoiled schoolyard brat, they're trying to push their gory products on any takers they can find.
Anyway, I don't know of any animal rights group that has specifically opposed the aboriginal subsistence hunt, and this represents only a fraction of the overall kill. I feel the Canadian government is very cynically using the Inuit as pawns in this controversy, and if I was a native I would tell the politicos to get lost.
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