Written by Jeff Mackey
Here's some good (but still sad!) news from one front in the
fight to stop the annual Canadian seal massacre: Only eight grey seals were killed in Nova Scotia this year. That's down from nearly 1,500 in 2008, which (if my
calculator skills don't fail me) means that this year's killings were just over
half of 1 percent of the number of animals who died there just four years ago.
(c) Sea Shepard Conservation Society
Of course, grey seals aren't the only ones bludgeoned in the
yearly massacre—the larger commercial harp-seal slaughter is expected to start soon.
And even though the market is dead now that Russia—which had imported 95
percent of Canadian seal pelts—has joined the U.S. and the E.U. in banning seal
fur, Canada's Fisheries Department has set the
annual harp seal quota at 400,000 (the same as last year), amid reports that the government is considering buying and stockpiling pelts in the hope of breaking into new markets.
So this is no time to rest. PETA's international year-round
vigorous campaigning will continue—we're keeping busy in a major market that
Canada's still trying to lure: China. Although
you may not be able to read Chinese, you can see from the photo of this popular
Chinese TV star, Gao Yuanyuan, in PETA's seal shirt that we are going all out globally to stop this bloody
trade. Please take action
now to ensure that the slaughter ends.
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