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Olympic Seal Skin Uniforms? No Way!

Written by PETA | May 7, 2009
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The Canadian Parliament, in a mad scramble to respond to the very recent European Union ban on seal products, put forth a motion on Wednesday that the 500 members of the Canadian Olympic team wear seal skins as part of their official uniforms. Um … gross! Luckily, sanity prevailed, and the head of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Chris Rudge, quickly shot down the idea.

People all over the world are calling for an end to the seal slaughter. This includes countless Canadians, like Senator Mac Harb, who had previously written to all members of the European Parliament asking them to vote against the Canadian seal hunting industry, calling supporters of the seal slaughter “barbaric.”

While we are tickled that the Olympic Committee gave the inexplicably bloodthirsty Canadian MPs the smack down they so richly deserved, we felt the need to warn the committee that we are going to continue to do everything we can to call attention to the seal slaughter in the months leading up to the Vancouver Olympics. Check out our letter here.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • J says:

    The Inuit are not affected by the EU ban in any significant way. This is just another distortion being made by kiddie killers and cohorts. There are two seal hunts one is done by the Inuit under an agreement for subsistence purposes only and the other is completely commercial which is carried out by white males that reside in newfoundland and quebec with a few others coming from surrounding smaller provinces. The EU ban affects commercially murdered infant seals whereas it does not for the predominantly adultaged murder victims of the Inuit. Many among the Inuit have begun whoring their cultural privileges so commercial interests can hide behind them to use race as a flimsy defense. Tradition we must wonder what is “traditional” about using guns motorboats and snowmobiles during hunts. There are forward thinking progressives who believe in social justice then there are the backward regressives who vehemently oppose such “bleedingheart nonsense” for their own selfish wants unfortunately society depends on the latter to develope the minor moral integrity to follow the former so that positive change can be made. The government will not allow a public vote to be held on this subject because they know that Canadians would vote for a permanent ban corporate welfare trumps voter rights and wellbeing.

  • joe says:

    i was horrified when i read they were going to do this and was very relived when someone showed engoh sense to get rid of it.

  • Terri says:

    The entire seal slaughter crap makes me so embarrassed to say I’m Canadian!!! It’s disgusting!

  • Tom says:

    I was disgusted when I found about this about a year ago. I am from the UK and we do have problems with homeless animals and the like but not this. This sickens me to the bone and I feel like breaking down every time I read in detail about the seal massacres. It deeply upsets me and I don’t feel I can do enough.

  • Jo-Anne says:

    I bet you people never thought about how Inuit feel about this issue. Many Inuit are effected by this Ban. How can you be so against this when we Inuit have survived off hunting seals for thousands of years? Think about it…what if we tried stopping you killing cows and pig? how would you feel about it? We use EVERY part of the seal to help our community.

  • Dan says:

    Canada FTW!!!

  • Tamara says:

    33 years ago I watched a film in school where the opening scene was a close up of a baby seal’s face. Just as we all were warmed up and completely taken with this beautiful little animal a club came down on its skull over and over again. 33 years later I am still in disbelief and tear up just thinking about it. Now one of our politicians obviously lacking in creative ability decides that seal fur would be a nice addition to 2010? I hope Rick Mercer gets a hold of this if he hasn’t already. Does a club have to come down on a human child’s head before any of these losers see the point of an animal’s life? Probably.

  • Dan says:

    thank god for the people who are trying to stop this disgusting thing. i hope that they do stop it and that the people who are hunting them down go to jail. When people see the little baby seals on television and in magazines they think awww so cute. and yeah they are cute i have to agree. But when they read on they find out that that cute seal is being clubbed and slaugtered by those CANADIANS….. WHAT!!! we cannot beat and hurt seals just for fur. you can go out and buy fake fur and little to no cost. and you don not have to feel guilty that you costed a baby seals life!! hunters im sorry to say but you are a discrase to your country!!!!! youll get your karma one day !!!!!! i hope it is soon !

  • Tim Smith says:

    Bullying in the workplace in schools and elsewhere is becoming an issue. Seal “hunting” is bullying at it’s finest. The Canadian politicians who support it are bullies. Stephen Harper may have been a bully at some point. Mac Harb however probably spent his school years standing up to bullies.

  • Missy L says:

    Can we wear the Canadian Seal Hunting Industries Skin???? See how they like it!

  • Neil Warne says:

    As opposed to giving them a smack in the head come next election we could smack them in the head by voting their stupid seal ‘hunting’ out of existence via a referendumplebiscite which is actually what we should have been doing all this time because Harper said yet again ‘Most Canadians support seal hunting.’ So it is really the only way forward. And I think Randall may have had too much to drink.

  • Mary says:

    THIS IS SO HORRIBLE!! How could someone do something like that? SEALS ARE MY FAVORITE ANIMALS!!!!!!!!! ‘

  • lynda downie says:

    CBC radio did a brief discussion on this subject and the commentator glibly remarked that since they didn’t approve the seal on uniforms maybe they could add seal products to all the Olympic souvenirs. She’d be singing a different tune if it were her fur on the souvenirs!

  • Caroline Simon says:

    I am thrilled that Ottawa has struck out with the seal skin campagne. Thrilled. But not for the reasons you might think. I am not only against the seal hunt but I am against the Olympics in Vancouver. I voted against it and am counting on it being a monumental failure. So far the 2010 Olympics has accomplished much against the working class people and the environment. They sent two old ladies to jail which in BC only houses environmentalists not criminals for trying to protect a unique ecosystem in North Vancouver they have caused the eviction of hundreds of low income people to greedy landords and they have spent millions of taxpayers dollars bailing out the contractors building the Olympic Village. Shame on the governments at all levels!!!!!

  • Linda says:

    Did the government even think about asking the athletess their views on wearing uniforms derived from such a cruel and controversial practice? How humiliating to be a walking advertisement for something you don’t bleieve in.

  • Michele says:

    This just shows that aside from the Green Party it does not matter in Canada who is actually in power as it relates to the commerical seal hunt as ALL of the MPs which unfortunately does not have anyone from the Green Party voted to support this motion. Unfingbelievable!!! This is so embarrassing for Canadians who for the most part do not support the seal slaughter. Thank goodness the Olympic Committee saw the folly in agreeing to such nonsense.

  • Sylver_clove says:

    Why on Earth would any person harm such a cute little animal. that disgusts me .i mean my goodness how could even think such a thing . you monsters.

  • Aneliese says:

    Can our Parliament get any stupider?!

  • Dylan James says:

    My uncle worked against it with chris. Hes a judge of the superior court and tends to deal with animalrelated cases always in their favor of course.

  • carla says:

    What a bunch of stupid morons … wearing seal skins!!!!!!! Dumb a governement needs to wake the F. up

  • Suzie says:

    Um other than the fact that wearing seal skin is cruel why would anyone want to wear seal skin uniforms? Seriously.

  • Vanessa Petrovich says:

    As a Canadian I am ashamed of Ottawa’s reaction to the ban. Horrified that they would even think about dressing our Olympians in seal skins! The majority yes Mr. Harper I said majority of Canadians have been against the hunt for years. Come election time I hope they receive a well deserved smack in the head via the ballot boxes.

  • Steph says:

    the seal hunt makes me embarrassed to be a Canadian. Our Olympic athletes wearing seal skins would embarrass our country!

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Vancouver is probably the most animal and vegetarian friendly city in Canada.

  • Linda says:

    How disgusting that our Canadian politicians voted in total agreement to drape our young people in seal fur. Do not use them as pawns in your dirty business to promote this cruel industry.

  • Randall says:

    I actually think seal hunting is not that bad. I do not oppose it. if you think seal skin is gross then you must think all leather is gross. If you feel that way than I feel sorry for you.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    The Canadian Olympic Team turning up in uniforms featuring sealskin would be like the Americans parading around in Buffalo robes. Equally stupid!!

  • Nina Bianco says:

    Thank goodness the Canadian Olympic committee has more sense than our government ! 68 of the population of our fair country is oppose to the seal hunt. Keep politics and cruelty out of the Olympics ! Nina

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    The vast majority of Canadian politicians are morons. Sadly their threats and huffing and puffing make them look all the more stupid. Thanks Chris Rudge for your commonsense.

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