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Florida Representative Slams Seal Slaughter

Written by PETA | April 30, 2010

There may not be many seals in the Sunshine State, but any who do venture that far south have a friend in U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings. The senior Democratic whip is lobbing a virtual pie in the face of the Canadian government by introducing a resolution this week urging our neighbors to the north to ban the commercial seal slaughter.

Seal fur and other spoils of the slaughter are already banned in the U.S., and the Senate passed a similar resolution last year condemning Canada’s annual baby seal massacre—but this is a first for the House.

Why not add your voice to Rep. Hastings’ by urging Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to make like a snowbird and retire the seal slaughter? (And don’t forget to spread the word to your friends and family too.)

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • PETA says:

    Re: Tara. Sadly, the Canadian government is NOT honest about economics behind the seal hunt. The commercial seal slaughter, which accounts for 97 percent of seals killed each year, is not a subsistence trade but rather an extreme example of government waste. Canada spends more than C$7 million in taxpayer money every year subsidizing the massacre through Coast Guard support, pro-sealing campaigns, and travel. The country also spends incalculable millions on additional research and market development in behalf of the industry. Profit from the slaughter barely exceeded C$1 million in 2009.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. To learn more about this massacre, and to see for yourself why death by hikapik is shockingly cruel, please visit:

  • Tabby says:

    Caria. Grow up sweetheart.

  • Tara says:

    I think it’s unfortunate that you’re all putting the welfare of animals that, lets face it, probually wont servive the year, above the humans that survive because of this. These are people with families that depend on them, these are people that live, breathe, laugh, cry, and stress out, just like you. I also think it’s sad that amaricans can’t trust their government, so they assume we can’t trust ours. The canadian government is very open about it’s plans regarding the seal hunt, and other hunts infact. This is a very sustainable industry, and the animals feel very little, or no pain. The hikapik is a very humane tool, and is consittered by most veterans to be the most humane and quickest methode of killing the seal. “Blunt force trauma to the head” I’d like to draw your attention to heart valves, please do envest some time to educate yourselves on the potential of using their heartvalves in open heart surgery. Shame on this organisation for putting thousands of people out of work.

  • maureen says:

    Banning seal products is not the only products that Obama should ban in this country I love my country but what I find hard to swallow is the treatment of animals or the lack of in heartless and cruel experiments we have updated cell phones mini computers in our hands and advances in medicine in which animals are not needed in experiments. All I have to say is away with all the cruel and unusual punishments animals have to endure at the hands of their captorsI say to the scientists that feel they need a living being to create such torture on is go find a real job now your reign of torment is over.But their will always be that one who thinks they got it right and wants more funding for testing that once again will be inconclusive.

  • Dom says:

    I am from Canada I have met people who make a living as trappers and hunters. They are good people who do this in order to make a living. Don’t think you can look down on them because you don’t know whats it’s like.

  • Carla says:

    Shame on Canada and shame on you Steve!!!! Tell your family to find a “real” job which does not include shooting OR bashing baby seals. Your an ignorant jerk.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sane Human says:

    AHEM…. If you actually LOOK on the WEBSITE link you’ll see that Obama’s banning seal products in the US. For those who now find themselves without a reason to blindly rage at their government no worries. Just move to Canada the SOURCE of the problem nothing against Canadians as a whole though.

  • Alice says:

    Right On Monica!

  • Klara says:

    Poor seals nobody likes the slaughter but who buys it then??? And thank you Sean… sometimes I ask myself if it is really necessary to shout at each other. And additionally I think the President has much more to work on than we can imagine! Stop that blather let’s be proud of him…

  • maureen says:

    Hats off to you Monicayou are very wisehopefully your explanation will get people up and running. People need to understand how governments try to FOOL people. It not only happens in Canada but here in the U.S. as well. They think we the peopleall over the world are too stupid to understand so they try to make PLAUSIBLE excuses for their behavior. I do not who they are trying to convince seems like themselves to me for I understand greater than what they think I do. I think our governments believe if we didn’t have someone telling us we COULDN’T figure it out ourselves. SO MUCH FOR STUPIDITY!!!!

  • janice says:

    Michele 14 days old isn’t a baby anymore?? What’s wrong wyou of course they’re babies!!! Your what’s wrong w this world SHAME ON YOU!!!

  • Toby Saunders says:

    Another rather ethical elected offical representing Florida is Congressman Grayson.

  • Heather says:

    What a cowardly thing to do…these seals do not stand a chance…I cannot believe that this goes on in Canada…they just kill these innocent creatures for their fur…there is not even a market for the food so they just strip the fur and leave the corpse…so very sad.

  • MONICA says:

    Steven Butt Please correct YOUR facts. The club and the hakapik are the primary weapons used in the Gulf. The rifle is used as the primary weapon at the Front. However both rifles and clubs are used in both areas. The reason for this is that if the seals can be approached on the ice the club or hakapik is used. If the seals are in the water the rifle or shotgun is used. Harp seals can be legally hunted once they have moulted their white coat which occurs at about 1214 days of age. However they are not usually hunted until they reach the “beater” stage of development at around 25 days old. 25 days old is not the definition of an adult seal which is threefour weeks. The seals from birth to four weeks old are helpless and cannot escape or defend themselves from their killers. These are seal pups. Seal pups are baby seals. So when seal defenders state that the sealers are killing baby seals what they mean is that sealers are killing baby seals When the Canadian government states that the sealers kill only adult seals they are redefining the meaning of baby seals. Baby seals cease to be baby seals and become adult seals at 12 days old according to the government definition. So when government and industry spokespeople say that the sealers are killing adult seals what they really mean is that sealers are killing baby seals. I too am Canadian and deeply ashamed to live in a country that supports this horror…

  • daddy's girl 77 says:

    poor seal

  • ASh says:

    UMMM TED PETA DOES BASH AMERICA…. the food industry and it’s not peta’s fault that the fur industry is overseas….. not saying

  • John J says:

    Seal economy and use of seal meat as food is all tha some of the tribes and villages have left. I think its ok if you perserve tradition and use the meat and fur responsible.

  • Sean says:

    Please I beg all people who post after Steven to respond in a calm measured and logical manner.

  • maureen says:

    What is amazing is what people do not understand is for all the food chain slaughter there is just as much waste. Meat also expires after a few days so what is not sold at your meat counters either gets thrown away used in pet food.Then the slaughter begins again or shall I say never stopped personally I would never buy any fur including seals and their young. But we are a wasteful nation we have no one to blame but our greedy selves for the way this world is today.The way to stop the SLAUGHTER is to stop BUYING.Where does this come from what is this made ofwhat is really in my food? pusexcrementhairummm sounds yummy doesn’t it WANT SOME

  • Steven Butt says:

    Hello. If you are opposed to the seal hunt that is a personal choice I’m not. I’m from a seal hunting province and some members of my family make a substantial part of their living from the hunt however I would ask PETA to please correct their facts. The vast majority of seals are not killed using clubs rather they are shot with a high powered rifle from a long distance killing them instantly. As well the hunting of Baby Seals White coats is illegal and has been since 1987. Thank you and have a fine day.

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  • Ted Scheckler says:

    I agree with those against the seal hunt but I would like to see the PETA website bashing and harassing the American President Obama for allowing millions of animals to die horrifically in the USA. Shame on you America!!!