‘Seal’ Tells New Canadian Prime Minister It’s Time to Stop Clubbing

Published by PETA.

Holding a sign proclaiming, “Trudeau: End Canada’s Commercial Seal Slaughter,” a PETA member wearing a seal costume stood outside the White House this morning as Canada’s new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, arrives for a meeting with President Barack Obama on the environment and climate change.

SEAL edited 1Photo by Leigh Vogel

PETA's 'seal' protests Canadian seal slaughterPhoto by Leigh Vogel

SEAL EDITED 3Photo by Leigh Vogel

The U.S., the European Union, and Russia have all banned seal products, and President Obama has spoken out against the slaughter, in which seals have their heads bashed in or are shot. Sealers hook seals in the eyes, cheeks, or mouth and drag them across the ice, often while they’re still conscious. Poor ice conditions will likely result in a high seal mortality rate this spring.

For years, the Canadian government has poured taxpayer dollars into a failing industry that beats, shoots, and skins baby seals who haven’t even had their first solid meal yet. We’re calling on the prime minister to do what the last administration wouldn’t and end subsidies to the cruel commercial seal slaughter for good.


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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