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We’re Looking at You, Canada

Written by PETA | February 19, 2009

Yesterday, PETA held a press conference in Vancouver to announce our ramped-up campaign against the Canadian seal slaughter. We’ll be running the campaign up to and through the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, which will be held in the city. Our goal is to switch some of the focus from Canada’s Games to Canada’s shame—the annual massacre of hundreds of thousands of baby seals. To illustrate the worldwide outrage over Canada’s despicable seal slaughter, our international affiliates also held protests in Australia and France yesterday.


PETA’s official press conference in Canada
PETA demo


PETA Asia-Pacific’s demo in Australia
PETA Asia-Pacific demo

PETA France’s demo in Paris
PETA France demo


PETA Germany’s demo in Berlin
PETA Germany demo


Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • greg says:

    I had a lot of respect for Canadians but how can they allow this too go on for so long I have cancel my trip too Vancouver. How can i sleep at night when i think of the baby seals and the pain they go though before their little lives end so painfully ended this is no excuse for a western country. If a man or woman can kill a baby seal i m sure that killing another human is no stretch . Now i don t believe in god anymore because if a god of love was real he would not allow this to happen shame on you killers hope you never enjoy your evil profits and remember KARMA IS A REAL B monsters!

  • Kelli says:

    I am a Canadian. I am not going to defend our country in this regard by saying all Canadians are not bad people. Something is wrong that this keeps going on…there is a loop hole and if it’s not with the Canadian people then it is with the government itself. A massive group from Sri Lanka stopped all traffic into downtown Toronto to protest and beg for attention to the issues in their own country…and they did it on Canadian soil. They put the rest of us to shame. I wonder sometimes if our passivity as a ‘peacekeeping Nation’ isn’t just another way of saying we are often just cowards!

  • Kristi says:

    I don’t know a single Canadian who agrees with this. I’m proud to be Canadian. But this is a dissapointment. But just because this happens on Canadian soil doesn’t mean we all agree or condone it. Yes we in other provinces aren’t affected by it but it doesn’t mean we don’t care. I do my part by not buying fur or anything that tests on animals. Please don’t think all Canadians are cruel heartless people. We’re not. The ones who do the killing are. Not everyone else.

  • patrick Ward says:

    It’s gotta go no doubt about it. As Antoine pointed out it is an economic dead end and the hunters could easily find real jobs elsewhere in the country with six figure salaries and this is despite the current economic situation.

  • Travis says:

    The aforementioned dolphins trapped by ice in newfoundland have been rescued by a group of locals in a fishing boat. Three were accounted for while a fourth went missing. In addition I’m a maritimer I wouldn’t call New Brunswicks economy thriving by any means though…

  • Alexander Kerr says:

    Please stop this slaughter and bring humanity into the 21st century at a time when looking after each other and the planet is the only way we’ll get through. Alex from New Zealand.

  • Barbara Rea says:

    Dear Antoine i have a question for you what would you call an inportant issue? what could be more inportant than thousands of innocent animals killed for there fur every year? i dont live in China or France but i hate the fur farms with every fiber of my being i wont rest untill they are stopped for good Barbara Peta Member

  • tonneezz says:

    Americans too need to stop killing animals such as cows hogs chicken to produce food.

  • Allie says:

    Well said Antoine well said.

  • Neil Warne says:

    Rod I should point out here that as the citizens of a democracy Canadians have the responsibility to speak up to protest to the government when it is allowing something so heinous. It is time to end this disgraceful misrepresentation of 85 of Canada’s population and find something practical to do.

  • john says:

    wiat i have seen the videos and some are 30 years old because it shows white coats getting killed

  • Christine says:

    After reading this I have to admit that I am ashamed to be a Canadian. I had no idea that the seal hunt was being done here. I always thought that it was a different country that Canada was working to stop other countries from hunting seals. Imagine my horror after reading that MY COUNTRY IS CONDONING THIS BARBARIC MASSACRE!!!!! To everyone that has read this I offer my most heart felt appologies. I know it’s not up to me to appologise but due to this monstrous deed by Canada SOME ONE HAS TO.

  • Rhonda Lavallee says:

    I am Canadian. Did I say proud? Not at this moment. It is terrible we declare ourselves as a peaceful country yet look at the atrocities Canadians are doing!! It’s an embarassment. I have written to my local MPP who is also the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. He is trying to pass bills in our province to bring animal cruelty laws up to date. I have urged him not to forget about the seals. There is no difference between bludgeoning a seal or a dog to death. No difference whatsoever!! And my question is who are these people that would do this?? Are they so desperate for a buck that they are willing to lose all concern for life and its value?? They should all be ashamed of themselves!! Because we all know all other Canadians are ashamed of them.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Excellent comments Antoine. Hopefully the EU is going to ban seal fur outright and shut down this vile industry for good. The Canadian government should be developing meaningful employment initiatives for affected East Coasters right now if as you pointed out they really give a damn.

  • Aneliese says:

    I didn’t hear a thing about this on the news or anywhere Canada must be trying hard to hush this all up.

  • Antoine says:

    While if asked most Canadians are against the seal hunt I wouldn’t say 99.9 but at least more than half MOST Canadians are not affected in any way by the seal hunt only those in the Maritimes are. So while most Canadians may be against it in principle they don’t see it as an important issue. Newfoundland has the highest unemployment rate in Canada and instead of solving the problem by creating new jobs and new possibilities for Newfoundlanders the Canadian government knows it is much easier to just support fishing and hunting practices. And the worse thing is that the Newfoundlanders are the biggest defenders of this plan. BUT THEY ARE VICTIMS OF IT! Newfoundlanders who are being shafted by this have been brainwashed into believing that the seal hunt and fishing industry is something for them to be proud of. But the seal hunt is just PROOF that the Canadian government doesn’t care about them. NewBrunswick is a great example of this The government decided to invest in a top of the line telecommunication infrastructure and now the province has lots of nice wellpaying jobs for its workers and a striving economy. Canadians who are not affected by the seal hunt directly need to realize that this affects the reputation of Canada in the world and that for the survival of our economy and international standing we must put an end to the seal hunt. Canadians who are participating and supporting the seal hunt need to be shown how they are being LIED to by the government. How the seal hunt and fishing industries are actually not good for them and their children. That if the government really cared about them it would invest in jobs and economic development in Newfoundland. And that for those reasons alone they need to be against the seal hunt and refuse to work it and instead demand TRAINING and economic development from the Canadian and Newfoundland governments. And all Canadians no matter where they live need to be educated about compassion and kindness and the link between a compassionate vegan lifestyle and peace on earth.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Canadian animal loving rock stars like Bryan Adams K.D. Lang and Mae Moore should hold an annual anti Seal Hunt concert until this monstrosity is finally halted.

  • Kay says:

    If 99.9 of the population is against it then maybe you guys could work to stop it? American hunters are awful mean people too!

  • roxanne says:

    Rod if so many Canadians are against the seal massacre then why don’t they stop the gov’t please? Also there is cruelty in America which we fight against.

  • Rod says:

    Please be aware 99.9 of Canadians are against seal hunts. It takes place on Canadian soil but that doesn’t mean we all condone or support it. We hate it. Check out Bear Hunter magazine and see how many Americans come to Canada to kill our bears.

  • John Maynus says:

    Talk about heart breaking… I saw that video listed well what I could stand to watch. They do need to put an end to the killing of those poor seals. To those that do it and support it shame on everyone of you how do you sleep at night?

  • Mullins says:

    Just seen on news where dolphins are trapped by ice in newfounland. This is sooo sad dolphins have been known to save people from shark attacks. I hope someone goes and helps rescue these beautiful dolphins so they are not left to die.