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Seals Find Paradise in Hawaii, Hell in Canada

Written by PETA | June 10, 2010

The Hawaiian word “aloha” means:

  1. A. peace
  2. B. mercy
  3. C. love
  4. D. affection
  5. E. hello
  6. F. all of the above


Kent Backman / CC by 3.0 Unported
Monk Seal


If you answered “F,” you’re correct—and this week the Aloha State welcomed a new law that embodies peace, mercy, love, and affection for seals. Now anyone who intentionally harasses, harms, or kills a Hawaiian monk seal—or any endangered or threatened Hawaiian species—can be charged with a class C felony and face a fine of up to $50,000 and five years in prison.

So, in Hawaii the sight of a seal waddling up the beach draws volunteers to make sure that beachgoers leave the animal in peace. In Canada, the sight of seals lying on ice floes draws hunters to bash their heads in. I’m pretty sure that this is a no-brainer, but I still have to ask: Which destination would you rather visit?

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • RabidLeroy says:

    A fair go for the Hawaiian monk seals? Score one from the Stitch hometown state! Perhaps Canada should take a leaf out of Hawaii’s list of successes and put a fair go for seals on the list! On an unrelated injoke note if it’s easy to accept those alienexperimentfurballs into the ohana then it can be the same with animals. Can you believe it?

  • Panthera says:

    looks like the fate of seal hunters may yet be sealed. Excellent news !

  • Paulo Roberto Nuhrich says:

    I disagree with seal hunting. Canada’ s government must stop to kill seals. SOS seals. Paulo Roberto Nuhrich 14.06.10 Porto AlegreRSBrasil

  • Beverly says:

    I am SOOO proud of Hawaii!!!! I live in Florida wish we would ban sharkfin soup too but we aren’t brave enough. Hawaii is the flagship state sailing first into a true balance between sealife and human life.

  • jocelyn stoock says:

    yes. i am a canadian and i strongly dissagree with seal hunting and i actually made a personal choice to becom vegitarian when i was 10 years old and i have been veggie for 4 12 years now and have made it a high priority to try to end the suffering of every last creature on this planet i think it was a good article but more positivity and thoughtfulness could have been put into it as not to offend some “canadians”

  • Toby says:

    I would rather avoid the massive damage to the environment caused by airplanes and visit neither but if I was forced… hmmm… both have medical cannabis rights… one is tropical… both cover virtually all their citisens respective healthcare which is awesomely good… I’d go to Hawaii. Something about French culture bothers me… oh yeah it’s the prevelance of nonhuman animal abuse that’s it.

  • Aneliese says:

    Agreed but please don’t think all Canadians like the seal hunt I don’t and I’m trying to stop it.

  • Uroosa Khan says:

    These guys are awesome animals deserve to live in peace. I like how its 50000 fine and 5 years in prison.

  • Look at the seabed below the seal says: This is an extremely interesting clip.

  • Saucy says:

    Now that we are on the subject of multiple choice questions I got one for the PETA WORKBOOK. The King of a Vegan Kingdom is A Vegan B NonVegan C MeatEater If you chose A you are correct. Congratulations!

  • Tofu Sunday says:

    Maui is beautiful. If you do visit Maui and decide to whale watch with Pacific Whale foundation send an email their way telling them to go vegan. It seems wrong that their goal is to protect the environment and ocean life and then serve burgers and other environmentally destructive food to it’s guests. I have sent them a letter but never received a response.

  • Jane Allgood says:

    I think the penalty has more to do with preserving a nearly extinct species whose nearest relative was officially declared extinct in 2008 than the aloha spirit. Just ask all the animals that end up Spam to feed the natives.

  • Jorge says:

    Not to mention Hawaii became the FIRST state in the nation that banned the consumption and hunting of sharkfins just a few weeks ago!