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Is the Seal Slaughter Over?

Written by PETA | June 15, 2010

Good news: Canada’s annual commercial seal slaughter ended last night—and more than 80 percent of the seals who had been marked for death were spared this year.

Thanks to a huge PETA push and the hard work of caring people like you, worldwide demand for seal fur is plummeting. We worked to get the European Union to ban the sale of seal products, and the U.S. Senate unanimously passed U.S. Senate Resolution 84, which calls for an end to the annual slaughter. There are few places left for sealers to sell these wretched pelts.

But we must keep up the fight until Canada stops the slaughter altogether, and that means year-round pressure! PETA has big plans to do just that. And you can help by staying active online and in your local community. Let’s stop this barbaric massacre forever.

Written by Paula Moore

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  • B says:

    Yes the decline in numbers is very encouraging. However let’s continue to fight this sickening industry until it is completely gone from Canada.

  • Denise says:

    When I hear stuff like this it brings tears to my eyes. I pray that the seal slaughter ends soon because they don’t deserve to die this way. They deserve to die of old age and natural causes. It makes me really angry to see stuff like this go on. To see that humans can be so barbaric and look into a baby seals face who is super cute and innocent and have the stomach to kill it. I could never do it and I don’t see how these people can. I pray it stops all together.

  • katie says:

    its people like us and peta that make these things happen!!! lets keep it up

  • Robert Atkinson says:

    There were a lot less orders this year. Recession has done that to everything but it is to Canadas shame. I see the adverts about going to live or on holiday in Canada but I just think no frigging way.

  • julieth says:

    im so happy that we made progress in this cause its just wasnt fair to kill those beatiful caring animals just because of a sport..thankz everyone that support

  • Angelina says:

    Canadian’s should protest while the queen is in Canada. So she can see the people want this to finally STOP FOREVER !! She’s there now Get going Canada ! for the Seals

  • Natalie Le Neve says:

    Thank god for people like you PETA and the rest of gods followers who want to put an end to this sickness there is no need for it to happen and i pray to god soon in time animal cruelty all over the world ends until then say a prayer for all the animals alone in the world now who need our help to reach them.

  • Raj C says:

    Would the people who kill baby seals have the same crualty done to them I am sure they would not. God has made humans the most intelligent and adaptive species amoonst millions of living beings with this huge advantage we must also cultivate compassion and kindness towards other forms of life we must stop killing animals for fun and sport and whereever possible for food too.

  • Anonymous says:

    This is HORRIBLE! I don’t see how people can stand back and LET THIS HAPPEN!? I am so thankful that the numbers of dead seal babies has gone down but what is there to stop it from happening again? We were made to be the caretakers for the Earth and it’s inhabitants. We weren’t made to hurt destroy poison and murder them.

  • gloria taber says:

    Thank you for the fantastic news that the seal fur harvest was down 80 this year. I still feel sooo sorry for the 20 who weren’t able to escape. I loved in the past seeing pictures of Greenpeace people going out on the ice with spray cans and spraying the baby seal’s fur so the hunters couldn’t use it. I thank God for those people. But we must keep after the Canadian government until this stops completely!

  • Arlo says:

    I don’t wanna bring anybody down because this IS good news…unless your one of the 20….we gotta hang tuff…. I never did like canada

  • Jacob Dijkstra, M.D. says:

    Canada has completely lost its goodwill around the world. It used to be that Americans travelling abroad would pretend to be Canadians in order to be treated better. Not any more. Canadians now better pretend that they are Americans. My wife and I used to spend much time and money in Canada’s cultural centers but have not done so for many years. We even stopped buying American cars that were made in Canada. If Canada stops the seal hunt it will only be for economic reasons and not for ethicak considerations. Consequently I doubt that we will ever be able to respect Canadian society again.

  • Renata says:

    I’m brazilian and I’m really happy about this. I just can’t believe you did this! I’m so happy… Finally it’s over! Thank you Peta thanks for everything you did for the seals!

  • Yvette Arredondo says:

    No living soul should have a go through the fear of watching a club come down on their babies or themselfs or feel the pain of that club cause and then watch their baby and the blood shed around them while they are trying to escape for their lives.

  • Deborah Sinclair says:

    God Peta what would we do without you??? I’m from Australia and I am longing to see Canada but absolutely refuse to spend my hard earned dollars in a country that supports this abhorrent barbaric incidiously cruel behaviour and for what….MONEY! As a supposedly enlightened species there sure is a lot of us humans who are incredibly backward and stupid!

  • cANDY says:

    I am so happy that it is over at lest for another year!!!! I wish that people could slaughter all the people who were cruel to the seals so they could see how bad it is!!!! THANK YOU PETA AND ANYONE ELSE WHO HELPES STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY!!!

  • Susan Oppikofer says:

    Thank you PETA for all you are doing!

  • Diana says:

    This horrific slaughter HAS to end once and for all. These innocent defenseless animals have the right to live be protected and respected.

  • Sophia says:

    Thank God. The first time I heard about the seal hunting was on ctv news. I couldnt believe what I saw. It made me unhappy. Good job PETA for the work you have done and will continue to do. Good job.

  • CR says:

    I hope this is true and this is over for now and the future. How would these people like to be treated in such away. Your monsters these are such beautiful and innocent creatures they do’t hurt anyone.

  • Trudy Calandrillo says:

    Thank you Sally Phillips!!!! It was probably the same show and we were about the same age. I’m glad you remember the station. I was guessing it was PBS. I’ve been wondering if we could get the film footage. Since it’s NBC I’ll check to see if they would have it in their archives. The baby seals have been on my mind more than any other living being being tortured for money. I think it’s because of that show we saw. For anyone who hasn’t seen it here are my memories of that horrible show After the babies were hit on the head they were rolled onto their backs and the monsters took a knife and made a slit starting at the throat along entire underside of the cub. Then the skin was ripped off the seal!!! The living bleeding breathing body was quivering and left there to die probably by freezing or bleeding to death. I’ll never forget what I saw. If the general public especially the children was exposed to the horror maybe it would do more to convince people to stop wearing dead seals. Now that I know the station and the name of that horror show I can get to work! NBC has a huge office and studio in New York City so I’ll start there. If anyone out there has any ideas or connections please let me know. We still have alot of work to do. We got alot of the monsters to stop clubbing for fur but now we have to contend with the people who make money by murdering the seals for food. Thank you PETA! 80 of those precious little babies have been saved but we still have a long way to go to make it 100.

  • zahra says:

    thank you peta i wish i could work like you do and be part of it. may God bless you all peta and all those who are working to stop all these crimes. thank you thank you thank you

  • Kim says:

    SOOOOOO glad it stopped by 80! YAY! Brings me to tears to see these beautiful innocent creatures slaughtered PLEASE PERMENANTLY STOP THIS NIGHTMARE!

  • liana says:

    Let’s pray it ends completely and that it ends out of real consciousness and not because of economical reasons nor out of preassure. How can people still behave in such a barbarian way??? Would they like it if a superior race did same thing to them?

  • Paulette Riou says:

    I received a letter from my conservative MP indicating they understood my concern about the seal hunt but that the hunters come first. This gov’t is so myopic! It actually thinks that it is being rightious to allow the hunt to continue as they are supporting the people. They have no sense of balance at all and no ability to think creatively. It frightens me to think of the other decisions they are making in this country. And thanks to everyone who is not coming to Canada until this ends. Be sure to tell the Prime Minister of your decision and why. Google the “Prime Minister Stephgen Harper contact Every email will help! ALso I wouldn’t come here either if I didn’t live here. Most Canadians are totally opposed to this tradition so please don’t assume when you meat one we come bearing clubs!

  • Nina Bertleff says:

    Please help! Please stoped this nightmare

  • Aleesia Turner says:

    Thank God its finally come to an end. Now the seals are free from all that cruelty.

  • jenny Jocson says:

    this good news brings tears of joy for me i always pray for this seal slaughter to be over thank you very much to PETA iloveyou and more power3

  • Cherry says:

    This is so awesome! It is about time that something good happens. I know my friends will definitely be thrilled with this. And we will definitely not stop until it is over for good!

  • chander kumar soni says:

    great.

  • Natalia Robba says:

    This just made my day! What a huge step towards eradicating cruelty to seal pups! Go PETA! Keep on pushing until every single seal pup is protected! Natalia xxxxx

  • Lillian Ingria says:

    Laws should be developed that protects animals from abusers. And the punishment should fit the abuse and torture of the crime. Then maybe these monsters will think before they act.

  • Jo Warton says:

    I am pleased that the annual seal hunt has spared 80 of seals marked for slaughter. But how many were still killed so cruely and barbarically?? One is one to many. This inhumane practice only happens because of the consumer. I am appalled to see big name movie stars wearing fur. Perhaps they need to walk the ice and see the lifelessbloody bodies left to rot. We as a PETA community should also boycott all songsmovies of fur wearers. Perhaps the message needs to be a bit louder. As an Australian I can assure you I will not be traveling to Canada until the slaughter of fur seals stops.

  • Terri Hughes says:

    THANK GOD THIS HAS STOPPED.

  • Lillian Ingria says:

    STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT WHAT IN GOD’S GREAT UNIVERSE ARE THESE PEOPLE OR RATHER MONSTERS MADE OF TO BE ABLE TO DO THESE EVIL ACTS TO HELPLESS ANIMALS WHO DO NO ONE HARM HOW DO THEY LIVE WITH THEMSELVES THOSE THAT HAVE THE POWER TO DO SOMETHING DO IT WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR

  • Scott says:

    The fight’s not over until the last hunter is out of work but it’s proof that we can make a difference! Keep the pressure on Canada!!!

  • debbie lane says:

    THIS IS SO SICK AND I CAN NOT EVEN BELIVE THAT THIS KIND OF CRUEL THING IS EVEN ALLOWED TO GO ON. WE ALL KNOW HOW WRONG THIS IS. AN ONE TNING I HAVE TO SAY TO THE CANADIAN GOVERMENT I WILL NOT BE BUYING ANY OF THERE SEAFOOD PRODUCTS OR ANY THING THAT COME OUT OF CANADA. THEY CAN PUT THAT IN THER PIPE AND SMOKE IT! I AM DONE WITH ALL CANADIAN PRODUCTS UNTIL THIS IS STOPPED ONCE AND FOR ALL. DEBBIE

  • Rusty says:

    Any country in the world who totally ignores the demands of citizens everywhere to stop the seal hunts just simply cannot be trusted not to continue. It is wonderful if things have slowed down considerably but I think we need to police them to make sure that they don’t start up again.

  • hennbea says:

    HSI SAY THAT CANADIAN GOVERNMENT HAVE ALLOWED ANITHER 50000 SEALS TO BE SLAUGHTETHIS YEAR

  • Bruni says:

    This cruelty must stop immediately!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!