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First Day of Seal Slaughter Fizzles

Written by PETA | March 29, 2011

We think it’s safe to say that Canada isn’t going to meet its quota of 400,000 seals in this year’s seal slaughter. The portion of the annual commercial harp-seal massacre that takes place near Prince Edward Island started Sunday, and just one lone boat went out.
 

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Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans blames recent storms for the lack of participation, but a more likely explanation is the plummeting price of seal pelts brought on by bans on seal products by the U.S. and the European Union. And consumers around the world refuse to buy seal products because of the barbaric way that seals are hooked in the eye or mouth, dragged across ice, shot or bludgeoned with clubs, and skinned—sometimes alive.

So with global demand for seal products sinking and most Canadians opposed to the hunt, why did the quota increase from last year? With the federal election in May, politicians are apparently vying for seal killers’ votes by appearing to support the industry. But when trying to win an election, aren’t you supposed to kiss babies, not club them?

Cast your vote to end the seal slaughter permanently by visiting CanadasShame.com.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Traude Fauner says:

    Please stop this murder – nobody should wear seal clothings and eat this meat as this occurs so much cruelty. Animals feel the same as mankind don’t forget. It’s shocking!

  • teresa says:

    please stop this violence

  • Katie says:

    This is so sad :(. And I agree, stop blaming Canadians! I am Canadian and I would never hurt any type of animal. I am completely against this! For those of you who think all Canadians are bad because of this, research the reaction when our Govenor General ate seal. The country was in a uproar because they felt she was promoting/supporting the seal industry. And the arguement of the Inuits needing fur/food, they can get it without bashing a seal. I am against hunting, but if you hunt please cause as little pain as possible. Also, a lot of seal hunting is done is Newfoundland which is not Inuit territory. It is not only Inuits but all people. Some for food/fur for survival, but most just for money. Stop the pain! No animal deserves pain.

  • dirty-t says:

    looks like fun

  • Deborah Jean says:

    Many animals have become extinct because we continue to act like we have the right to take away life. Every dead seal was a life that deserved to breathe the same air that we do. Animals that were killed for the sole purpose of their skin, their fur, something that wasn’t ours to take. Barbaric beasts who prey on the weak, you infuriate me. When animals become extinct, there’s nothing left to share with our children but photographs of what was. ‘What was’ could have been ‘what is’ if we had only stopped this cruelty. You, who prey on the weak, who destroy what beautiful creatures we have in this world. We have come so far, made many advancements, and yet we’re still murdering the innocent? What for? Stop this senseless act, please!!!!

  • Deborah Jean says:

    Many animals have become extinct because we continue to act like we have the right to take away life. Every dead seal was a life that deserved to breathe the same air that we do. Animals that were killed for the sole purpose of their skin, their fur, something that wasn’t ours to take. Barbaric beasts who prey on the weak, you infuriate me. When animals become extinct, there’s nothing left to share with our children but photographs of what was. ‘What was’ could have been ‘what is’ if we had only stopped this cruelty. You, who prey on the weak, who destroy what beautiful creatures we have in this world. We have come so far, made many advancements, and yet we’re still murdering the innocent? What for? Stop this senseless act, please!!!!

  • Helle says:

    May they all burn in ****!!!!! Very, very sad.

  • PETA says:

    Matt, Canada hemorrhages untold millions of dollars year after year to keep the dying seal fur industry afloat instead of helping sealers find other ways to supplement their income. The commercial seal slaughter is not a subsistence trade but rather an extreme example of government waste that has brought in dwindling amounts year after year. In 2008, sealers earned between C$11 and C$221, on average.

  • BESSIE BREWSTER says:

    I HAVE SEEN THE VIDEO, BEFORE THIS ONE, AND IT MADE ME CRY.I CAN’T WATCH IT AGAIN.SEAL KILLERS YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF TO TORCHER AND PUT THIS KIND OF PAIN ON THESE ANIMALS.THESE ANIMALS HAVE FEELINGS JUST LIKE PEOPLE DO.I PRAY THAT THIS STOPS I KNOW GOD ALLOW THINGS TO HAPPEN FOR A REASON BUT YOU WILL PAY FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING.IT”S JUST A MATTER OF TIME.WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND.YOURS TRULY ANIMAL LOVER

  • MICHELLE says:

    I feel sick to my stomach just to know there is peopple who can do this!!! It´s at times like this that i´m ashamed to be human!

  • rana says:

    This is horrible!! I can’t even see these picts ,how can humans be so mean ,they will pay for their deeds God is watching them.

  • rogerrat says:

    GOD SEE YOU AND KILLED 400,000 SEALS.HE WILL PUNISHING YOUR FAMILYS.

  • Donna says:

    Do not buy anything that comes from Canada, that is made in Canada–food, art, movies–nothing. They have to learn something after years of performing such cruelty. These creatures feel pain, have love of their children. What do you do–hire psychopaths to do these murders? Yes they are murders. I just hope these people experience the pain in their own families.

  • sassy says:

    Canada you disgust me how can you do this to mammals

  • Anita Virginillo says:

    We need to evolve, this is barbaric & horrendous. Why in the world is anyone wearing anything with any animals products in this day & age. We are better than this Canada, don’t make me ashamed to be Canadian!

  • jmcqueen says:

    I am having to come up with a motivational/ pursuasive speech for college and I feel this would be an awesome topic to touch on. Motivate people to STOP this cruel act and get involved with Peta to help support their thoughts.

  • Animals Are My Friends says:

    Hey Matt, you DO know that the Innuit people are governed by different laws then the rest of us, right? The innuit don’t go around murdering baby seal pups between the ages of 12 days and 3 months 400,000 + at a time, do they? They don’t murder that many in less than a week, like most sealers do, do they? Oh here’s something else they don’t do, they don’t go around causing trouble and making problems for families of activists just because they don’t agree with them! Sealers as well, only get 20-30% of their annual revenue from seal pup murder. So, at 15$ a skin(if they’re even purchased this year) with say the quota in the Magdelan Islands being at 20,000 this year, that would bring in 300,000$…now consider how mayn people share that, and we’re talking no more than 200-300$ or so per person. Let’s not forget that the biggest fishing plant there in Cap-Aux-Meules I believe it is, has to hire out foreigners to work there because nobody wants the jobs! Then they’re all trying to blame the seals for the deline in Cod stocks…I think the fishing trollers did MUCH more damage then the seals who’s diet consists of only 10-20% Cod as they eat many different things. I don’t think it’s the seals fault that humanity is so careless with it’s resources. PLUS, if you like your teeth or health, you probably should’nt eat seal meat as it’s LOADED with Mercury and PCB’s. I guess that’s why they always leave the meat on the bodies of those poor little baby seals who have JUST lost their white fur. Nobody eats it, nobody wants it, get a clue and evolve already!!!

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