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Canada’s Worst Seal Slaughter

Written by PETA | June 15, 2011

Usually, when we put the words “Canada” and “seal” in the same sentence, it’s bad news. But not today. Canadian officials are reporting that this year’s seal slaughter saw one of the lowest numbers of seals killed in recorded history. The 2011 commercial slaughter claimed the lives of about 38,000 harp seals, which, while still awful, is less than 10 percent of the 400,000-seal maximum.

Iggy Pop got word of the cruel seal slaughter out in a big way to the 50,000 people attending the Isle of Wight Festival in the U.K.

The slaughter officially ends today, although under “ministerial descretion” sealers can stay out longer. But why would they? Fewer and fewer sealers are participating in the slaughter. With the U.S. and European Union bans on seal-product imports, the price of a pelt has plummeted to $20 or $30, barely enough to cover the sealers’ expenses for fuel and boat insurance.

To help continue the seal slaughter’s downward spiral, tweet at Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (@pmharper) and ask him to stop supporting the bludgeoning and live skinning of baby seals, and ask your friends and family to speak up for seals too.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Beth says:

    I totally agree with Hana Bakemono

  • Givonne says:

    Why the boast for the alleged reduction in seal culls? That any animal, let alone such a docile creature, is slaughtered at all is an indictment and blemish on any society asserting itself as civilized. I can only express contempt for this despicable savagery and sadistic bloodlust! But alas! Right will trump wrong, thus ensuring that such crudeness meets with dire consequences. The cursed, sadistic mind that sanctions animal abuse fails to acknowledge the old adage, “what goes around, comes around” (and with a vengeance)! The sinister acts that, collectively, culprits visit on these docile creatures will return to smite them. This may already be the case. The destructive streak of humankind, in the main, will only serve to provoke its own demise. The glaring brutalization of these seals, in Canada or elsewhere, is a graphic depiction of the abuse of power. Moreover, animal abuse is a symptom of anti-social leanings and may be a springboard to psychopathic serial criminality or the commission of violent crimes against members of human society on the part of its perpetrators.

  • Hana Bakemono says:

    Granted, killing baby seals isn’t the most pleasant thing to see or hear. I find them to be absolutely adorable, especially of a video I saw of a baby seal sucking its flipper like how a baby sucks on their thumb. All baby animals are cute, no argument there. However, let’s think this over. Do apples grow in Northern Canada? What about peaches, oranges, pears or any kind of vegetation you can think of, grows in northern Canada? No. The closest city they can go for food is miles away and for some, they either don’t have the money, time, transportation or stability to go into a bustling city to buy food. This nest part is going to disturb some people, so I’ll apologize early. Baby seals have very thick fur, rich meat and very thick skin. That decreases as they get older. For people who live up north, they need this to survive in the harsh, cold weather. If they kill the adults, not only is there a larger chance that they won’t survive the winter and keep their families alive, but there will also be MANY orphaned baby seals, who need their parents to teach them how to hunt and even eat fish. This also is controlling the growing population and seals can have more than one pup in a lifetime. And since their skin is so thick, shooting and stabbing them are NOT always effective. Clubbing is the only humane way to kill a seal. Keep in mind, I’m not saying all this to make it look like seal clubbing is good or anything related to it. I don’t like it, but people need to do it to survive and I bet most of them are disgusted with themselves afterwards. All I am saying is either do something efficient about it, instead of using gruesome images and videos to terrify and traumatize someone (mostly children since you seem to target them most of the time) or protesting while dressed as seals or hardly dressed at all to prove a point. The point you’re proving is making yourselves look like fools or monsters. Write a petition or letter, send it to the government or set a meeting with your local congressman. Trust me. These things are more successful than having people laugh at you during protests.

  • Derek V says:

    Some of the comments on here make me sick. If you are “happy” to be wearing the fur of a seal that was tortured and killed for their fur then you make me sick. It takes someone really heartless and brainless to delight in the torture and killing of a poor seal.

  • Sharon Kennedy says:

    I take no pride in being a Canadian when my government defies the laws of God to be responsible stewards of the earth….we are made to serve in peace, love and compassion, we are not to slaughter and to do sin and violence against our brothers and sisters from the animal kingdom.

  • Beth says:

    I’m Canadian too!

  • Aliza says:

    I just want to say I am glad that canada has stopped but I am also sad that you are blaming canada. I know its their fault but Im a canadian and I get lots of people angry with me about the seal cull. Why blame me!? I am an animal rights activist trying to STOP seal killing. I am proud of my country even though the seal cull gives us a bad name. 🙁

  • Tricia says:

    Stacy, you are selfish and cruel.

  • Beth says:

    Okay, I’m against the slaughter of baby seals, adult seals would be fine. The inuit and natives also hunt seals, and they use the whole seal, not just the fur and meat. I think one of the reasons is because of the high prices for groceries in the far north like Iqaluit. They’re so expensive that you can’t really blame people who would prefer to live off the land. And you can hardly, grow vegetables up there because of the soil, unless you have a green house. It’s also a tradition that’s been going on for many years.

  • Carla* says:

    Poor Stacy, no empathy what so ever. I feel sympathy for you but you sound young and there still may be hope. Start educating yourself and with you being on Peta’s site it’s a good start.

  • eva says:

    I´m glad to hear that, but this has to stop definitely.

  • stacy says:

    i own not one but 2 seal fur trimmed coats i love them one is from an adult seal the other is from a baby i love the soft feel of the baby fur. as soon as it comes in i will be purchasing mathing baby seal skin gloves. CANT WAIT they are going to be SOOOO soft.

  • Squirshy says:

    this is great news! could be better but its an improvement… xD

  • earth_advocate says:

    “The slaughter officially ends today, although under “ministerial discretion” sealers can stay out longer.” I believe they made the same mistake before they implemented to moratorium on the cod fishery too, Look how well that turned out. Congrats but, a little too late. If they looked at the bigger picture, beyond their own greedy reflection, and foresaw the chain of events that have been happening, they wouldn’t have condemned the fishery to a possible irreversable hell, the seals wouldn’t have been the easy scapegoats and money in the pocket of the Hatem Yavuz Group, and every middle man inbetween.

  • Elle Durow says:

    This is good news!!! Maybe next year we will see no slaughter taking place. Keep up the good work.

  • lesley murray says:

    Stop this absolutely disgusting slaughter this is such a barbaric act that needs to be STOPPED right now !!

  • Nicci says:

    Good that it dropped but it’s still not enough of a drop. I’ll only be happy when it’s banned. I thought I’d go to Canada on holiday but all this has just completely put me off Canada and everything Canadian

  • TheGiftedPet says:

    How does this abomination continue in a country that is supposed to be gentle, friendly, kind and forgiving? Stop this madness now Mr. Harper!

  • Rachel A says:

    GO PETA <3

  • tom moore says:

    I’d still boycott Canada for the killing of seals.

  • AJ says:

    I believe that Canada Prime Minister has no children, because what kind of parent could be him when he let this kind of behavior be acceptable in his society? a society that teach their children to do awful things like this, promoting the killing of innocent animals for the sake of fun. I think Canada is a great country but I don’t approve this type of behavior.

  • Gina says:

    Its good to hear but still sickening that this is going on or I should say ALLOWED to go on, UGH!

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  • Kim says:

    Yes.! no more innocent seals getting killed!

  • Aneliese says:

    WOOHOO! Glad to hear about this!