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PETA Brings the World Face-to-Face With the Seal Slaughter (Photos)

Written by PETA | March 31, 2014

PETA was at the Canadian Consulate in Los Angeles today to protest the cruelty and the pointlessness of the annual seal slaughter. It’s the first of many demonstrations that PETA and our affiliates have planned around the world.

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Canada’s annual massacre of thousands of baby harp seals continues even though the United States, the European Union, Taiwan, Mexico, and now Russia―which had been importing 95 percent of Canada’s seal pelts―have all banned seal-fur imports. President Barack Obama even spoke out against the seal slaughter. With the world turning its back on seal products, the slaughter actually costs the Canadian government about $7 million a year in subsidies.

We doubt that many Canadians want to see their tax dollars going to support this:

2009 Seal Hunt©The Humane Society of the United States

Seals can be legally killed as soon as they lose their white fur at just a few weeks of age, and most of those killed during the slaughter are less than 3 months old. Some have their skulls smashed in by sealers, and others are shot, although 85 percent of those shot are not killed by the first bullet. Many of these gentle animals are still alive when they are skinned.

Dead Seal on Ice©The Humane Society of the United States

But despite the dark stain that the slaughter leaves on the nation’s reputation, Canada refuses to call it off. Please urge Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea, Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird, and Minister of International Trade Ed Fast to support an exit strategy for this industry and to let baby seals live.

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  • Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  • jennifer says:

    please stop killing the innocent seals !!!!! we must ban on seal products!

  • Aaaaaaaaaaaaa says:

    Let the baby seals live!!!!!!

  • yedaasilva says:

    If we had human brothers and sisters being slaughtered, we would react in order to help them. Here we have the obligation to stand for the seals, because they feel, they suffer, and we should see them as brothers and sisters, too. Let us save them . Let us spare them! Let us take the right action!

  • Take a moment to vote. One person can make a difference but united we can make a change.
    Thanks,
    Christopher

  • Animals can’t speak for themselves….or legislate….but we, the people…CAN!

  • Lisa Scharin says:

    SEVEN Million to subsidize this barbaric cruelty and evil???!!! Talk about wasteful spending and poor budgeting! Canada has the USA “beat”!! I have been petitioning, protesting, e-mailing, letter writing, calling since I was 11 years old-I am now 53!! Will Canada ever join the 21st century and END this??? You join Japan and the Faroe Islands in one of the MOST SHAMEFUL countries on this planet with this slaughter! I have been boycotting Canadian products for years! Sanctions and boycotts should be implemented here for Canada, Japan and the Faroe Islands too!

  • marina Alescekevich says:

    stop kill innocent animals

  • sandra vito says:

    basta ya de esta matanza cruel y sin sentido!! paren ya de malgastar vidas y el dinero de su gobierno!! es una mostruosidad las vidas y agonias que estan causando para nada a estos pobres animales indefensos!! no sigan siendo vistos por el resto del mundo como locos sanguinarios!! no mas focas masacradas

  • This action is nothing but UNCONSCIONABLE, SENSELESS, HEARTLESS, MEAN, INSENSITIVE AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT IS BAD. HOW CAN CANADA, OUR NEIGHBORS TO THE NORTH, BE SO INHUMANE TO THESE WONDERFUL CREATURES OF NATURE!!?? IT TURNS MY STOMACH. STOP THIS NOW!

  • Halina says:

    This people are big monsters, bandit and many more!!!! STOIP KILL !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • This is the reality of the horror that enters like a thief in the night to steal their lives, to steal their fur and for what, money and so some thoughtless self serving individual can parade around in front of people. Now there’s a good reason for these victims to suffer and die for
    ~ NOT ~

  • FionaLau says:

    This is a shameful business. Canada should stop this bloody killing IMMEDIATELY !!

  • silvia says:

    This is orrible…this cruel activity has to end

  • Anne Grice says:

    This is 2014 but the Canadian government has failed to disengage its thinking from the dark ages as it continues down this intolerable abhorrence against innocent seals in the name of an dead culture!

  • caren says:

    I do not like it one bit for gods sake stop this now!!!!!!

  • Meryl Parr says:

    Please, please stop this unnecessary killing of theses beautiful babies. Would you do this to human babies?????????????? :( :( :(

  • Sofi says:

    Stop the seal slaughter for which many countries have already stopped dealing in its fur products

  • Lisbet stahrenberg says:

    Please stop

  • Valentina Trpeski says:

    Not just babies but all the seals should live till their time. And how is it that Canada can do as it pleases & doesn’t care what all the above governments have said it’s illegal? How? Couse obviously the governments arn’t taking it seriouse. I think this is pathetic. But they have power to start wars. Pf! Wake- up. STOP THIS PATHETIC SLAUGHTERS OF SEALS. Expecialy in Canada. Or dies Canada run the governments?

  • piers says:

    arretez le massacre de ces pauvres animaux sans aucune défense ce qui ce passe ds ces pays sois disant civilisé est une honte pour l’humaniyé

  • Barabara says:

    I was arrested back in the sixties for demonstrating against the seal hunt in Canada .It breaks my heart the cruelty humans do to all animals .This is no better than cats and dogs being killed for meat and fur in China Which is condemned by people in the so called civilized world but think what happens to animals that we use for meat leather .The only way to stop this is to adopt a vegan healthy lifestyle

  • Janine carling says:

    This unnecessary slaughter cannot be justified satisfactorily

  • Kartik Shah says:

    Totally satanic act of cruelty to beat these wonderful animals to death. Government should ban such cruel activities and impose a severe fine and cancel their licenses for life.

  • PLEASE STOP THIS PITY FOR THOSE POOR INNOCENT VICTIMS,,,WHY HAVE YOU ANY COMPASSION FOR ANIMALS…YOU ARE EVIL,,,,ONE DAY DESTINY WILL CATCH YOU ALL AND YPU WILL PAY FOR YOUR HORRIBLE CRUELTY….THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING TO YOU,,,,,LET THEM LIVE FREE….PLEASE……PLEAAAAAAAAAAASE

  • jasmine says:

    I CAN,T BELEIVE THAT THIS HAPPENS IN MY COUNTRY I,M SO ASHAME OF THAT

  • I will never understand how humans can do this to such a beautiful and defenceless animal. They are nothing but barbarians and I say give them a taste of their own medicine.

  • Horrible!!! SAD! SADISTIC!

  • Susan Breen says:

    Shame on Canada! We have traveled to Canada extensively in the past. We have brought a lot of American dollars there on our visits. We will seriously curtail or end all of our visits to the country we always thought of as civilized and friendly. Obviously, we were wrong or misguided into believing that it is an advanced country that recognizes and values all living things. The slaughter of these beautiful animals is inhumane and barbaric. It pushes Canada into a “no visit” zone for us. There are so many other places we will go where they treasure the animals that are a natural and beautiful part who they are. Shame on you CA. Shame!

  • Douglass Watts says:

    This is a barbaric and insaely cruel practice. No one NEEDS SEAL FUR for any reason. These gentle ,harmless creatures are bein slowly and mindlessly slain for no good reason and IT MUST BE STOPPED AT ALL COSTS!!!

  • Linda Haghgoo says:

    Never forget.

  • Tricia Wands says:

    Disgraceful act of cruelty by the Canadian Government

  • Sherri Kent says:

    I pray God will judge you on this awful acts of betrayal to animals.

  • This is so barbaric,evil and sadistic,what makes me so enraged that these sadists can kill a innocent animal,can take a life of a baby have no feelings for these poor creatures..have no compassion..would these sadists like someone to kill there family in front of them,these animals are living feeling animals and shoud have rights as living creatures,not used as non living entities..some countries go on about other countries what they do to animals but one country is just as bad as another..when humans start to think of others as well as animals then that will be a turning point for all..God Bless these poor innocents..and there Mothers..

  • Susan says:

    All of this is wrong. The way a person treats an animal tells you how they will most likely treat people. Just some food for thought.

  • Sandra says:

    I, as a Canadian, am ashamed and appalled that this barbaric killing of seals continues. For what I ask you. Why? Something has got to be done about this and the continued bear hunting. I wish I had the answers. I can only lend my signature to speak out and hopefully with the continued efforts of the wonderful people at PETA and their investigators that one day we will all live in a world where the cruelty and exploitation of all animals is a criminal offence and dealt with more than just a slap on the write or a fine.

  • Paul Gagliano says:

    I have been to Canada many times, and my impression is that they, for the most part, are a warm and caring people. How is it possible that a country with this image could participate in such cruel and barbaric behavior. Please stop this outright display of cruelty.

  • I am ashamed to be a Canadian; how dare our Government continue this atrocity, shame on you!!! Wake up Canada,

  • MARE says:

    Please stop killing the seals. PLEASE

  • john smith says:

    Is there anywhere I can to find this video? I would love to watch!

  • Allia says:

    That is outrages!!!!