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The Seal-Bashing Begins

Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post | April 14, 2014

Today marks the first day of Canada’s annual commercial seal slaughter, in which tens of thousands of baby seals are shot, bludgeoned, and skinned so that off-season fishers can sell their pelts. Baby seals can legally be killed as soon as they lose their white fur at just a few weeks of age, and most are killed when they are less than 3 months old.

Because of the worldwide outcry against the slaughter, all major markets have banned seal fur, including the European Union, the U.S., Mexico, Taiwan, and even Russia. Canada is currently spending an estimated $10 million in taxpayer money to try to overturn the EU ban, but here at PETA, we are working hard to ensure that it stays in place by attending World Trade Organization hearings in Geneva and teaming up with Jude LawPamela Anderson, and other compassionate celebs to keep this issue in the spotlight.

The seal slaughter is only hanging on by a thread, thanks to supporters around the world who continue to hold eye-catching demonstrations at Canadian embassies, the tens of thousands of people who are using social media as a platform to raise awareness, and the free Seals Hero app, which thousands of young Canadians are using to fight sealing from their cell phones.

It’s time for the Canadian government to accept that the world has turned its back on seal products and devise a practical exit strategy: a government buyout of the sealing industry. Please take action now, and encourage your friends and family to join you!


Spotted Seal Stare Down | Jomilo75 | CC BY 2.0

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  • This is horrific cruelty and abuse. Shame on those who support, profit from and approve of this slaughter in any way, shape, or form including the nation of Canada. This must end immediately. I am asking those with the power in Canada who can stop this to please exercise compassion once and for all and create the legislation to end this massacre, and later, to regularly enforce it. I will pray that you do so ASAP! I have faith that the good people of Canada will see that this happens soon.

  • Patricia Clark says:

    Again and again!! Please stop these cruelty!! I hate you about this!!!

  • It’s so sad to know that these precious animals are treated so badly.i pray it will stop and soon.

  • Eloina Machado says:

    Apoio essa luta contra os crimes praticados contra as focas. A crueldade contra esses animais é abominável

  • Nishtika Burgus says:

    I can’t understand how these people brutally beat these small innocent creatures. It’s better that you become unemployed rather than taking an innocents life.

  • Johan says:

    Animals deserve the right to live. STOP this massacre NOW.

  • jithin says:

    shame of the country….

  • Darlene estes says:

    Stop this

  • Gloria Perez says:

    Their fur is not ours to use. Im against seal bashing. Please stop this barbaric act

  • Gabrielle says:

    not proud of my country…

  • Marsha Mathews says:

    Please have a conscience.

  • maria leach says:

    The world is watching and this slow and horrendous butchering will take years to erase from our memories. I would never visited your country or buy your products as long as this is going on. I hope all the HUMANE country’s do the same. Don’t give them your money.

  • Steph says:

    Inhuman what had this world come to! Canada is a place I am no longer interested in seeing!

  • Martine Faguy says:

    I am a shame to live in Canada. Even our Prime minister already hunt a seal during one of his visit in the North… :’(

  • Melodye Chisholm says:

    I remember first witnessing this on the evening news in the 1970′s at the age of 17 during dinner time. My mother and I both started hyperventillating, wailing and crying. It was awful. I felt enraged. Dinner was over… and it’s still going on. Barbarism at it’s finest. I wonder about the people (just men?) who are bashing out the brains of these pups and what they say to their wives and children when they come home from work!! Ever wonder how do they treat them?

  • Amanda Sullivan says:

    Please stop this now!! It makes Canada look barbaric in the eyes of the world.

  • Lynda says:

    Stop this , it’s sick !!!

  • donna says:

    I have no wish to ever visit Canada or have any interest in the country, as a country that continuously allows this cruel and barbaric slaughter is not worth even thinking about ,it shames it self and all I see is blood in the snow of these innocent baby creatures..

  • Isabella says:

    Please stop it…everytime i see it i am crying…dear god…stop it…

  • CHILDREN R D FUTURE OF D WORLD, MOMS!! TEACH UR CHILDREN RESPECT FR LIFE IN ALL FORMS!! STOP D ABUSE ON ANIMALS!!! ANIMALS ARE PART OF US W/D SAME 5 SENSES THEY JST CNT TALK BT THEY FEEL!!! SHAME ON CANADA THT ALLOWS THS ABUSE TO CONTINUE!!! STOP DESTROYING D WORLD!! HUMANS THT ABUSE N TORTURE INDIFENSIVE HARMLESS ANIMALS SHLD BE PUNISHED N FINED!!

  • Nan Newall says:

    Such barbarism is Canada’s shame! As a Canadian, I am deeply ashamed of my govt.’s act of brutality. This mass execution of seals needs to stop right now. To quote Dian Fossey, “The man who kills animals today is the man who kills people who get in his way tomorrow.” – how true.

  • Johna Wilson says:

    I am sickened by all of the animal killings and beatings and general stupidity of all who hurt animals!!!!!!

  • Janet Gilmartin says:

    Each year we hope and pray will be the last year this barbaric, bloody, and incredibly cruel massacre takes place. This year, the idea of buying out the seal hunters was a wonderful step in the right direction. How many more such innocent, gentle creatures must die, before this can be stopped?

  • Deborah says:

    Please stop!! killing our creators precious animals.

  • Charles Ruas says:

    All who participate in this bloodthirsty massacre for profit are barbaric, viscious and inhuman.

  • Shirley Kramer says:

    I’m appalled at this sick cruel act of violence!! This seriously makes me sick!! What in the hell have these seals done wrong to deserve this?? Oh that’s right, because the rich have no compassion for an innocent life, because you need to show greed by wearing fur, because you seriously don’t give a damn looking in those tear filled eyes knowing their about to die unnecessarily!! This has got to STOP!!

  • angela says:

    This barbaric act needs to end NOW. So sorry to the animals of the world.

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