This Commercial Seal Slaughter Video Has Gone Viral—and Kind Stars Are Sharing It

Published by Katherine Sullivan.

Thanks to PETA, folks on Twitter can’t ignore the cruelty behind Canada’s commercial seal slaughter. Millions of people have watched, retweeted, and commented on a now-viral tweet that exposes the bloodshed that the Canadian government continues to allow:

The graphic footage garnered hundreds of outraged responses, including some from celebrities and influencers:

PETA has been campaigning against Canada’s commercial seal slaughter for years, and we’re beyond appreciative that these celebrities are using their influence to help spread the word that Canada’s commercial seal slaughter must end.

HAPPENING NOW: Activists are in the streets of Toronto releasing red smoke into the air to symbolize the bloodshed of Canada’s commercial seal slaughter.

Posted by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) on Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Every year, the Canadian government allows sealers to shoot and bludgeon tens of thousands of seals to death. Sometimes, it takes more than one blow to the head for a seal to die. And often, they’re left to die slowly and painfully on the ice. Even though all major markets—including the U.S., the E.U., and Russia—have banned seal-fur imports, this cruelty continues because Canadian politicians are so desperate to win the swing seats that represent sealing communities that they prop up the slaughter with tax dollars, just as some U.S. politicians do in coal-mining communities. But they can keep this dying trade on life support only for so long.

© Sea Shephard Conservation Society

The good news is that the end of this abuse is nearing: Canada’s commercial seal slaughter is hanging on by a thread. But these animals need you to help finally end it. Click the button below to urge Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to help these animals by ending federal subsidies of the slaughter. Then, click to help PETA end this violence.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind