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Photos from the 2006 International Day of Protest Against Canada's Seal Hunt

March 16, 2006 | Seals

The protest was a great success! We had a huge turnout, with over 200 supporters who came out today-handing out all our flyers and getting all the postcards filled out by passerby. I was interviewed on camera by an AP reporter, so be on the lookout for coverage on TV. Nellie Mckay, the singer/songwriter/animal activist came to the protest and she was leading chants on the megaphone, and Joan (FoA staff) also led chants in five languages to represent the International support for the seals.

Photos by Edita Birnkrant.

Seal protest takes up entire NYC block
2006 seal protest, NYC
Nellie Mckay at the 2006 protest, NYC.
2006 seal protest, NYC
2006 seal protest, NYC
2006 protest, NYC. Nellie Mckay on megahorn.
2006 seal protest, NYC
Nellie Mckay and others at the 2006 protest, NYC.
2006 seal protest, Vancouver
A protest held in Vancouver, Canada, 2006.

Foreign tourism brought in $18 billion in revenue to Canada in 2004, with a large portion coming from New England visitors. 78 million dollars was spent to boost the tourism industry—a figure far larger than the annual revenues from dead seals ($16.5 million). A foreign-tourism boycott supported by national animal advocacy groups would put pressure where it belongs—on the Canadian government—to end the seal hunt and the federal subsidies that support it.

People throughout the world - especially Canadians - should insist that the Canadian government stop the hunt subsidies immediately. Use the funds to build a real economic foundation for Newfoundlanders. Canada banned whale killing, and the economy adjusted. It's long past time to end the seal hunt. Respect marine life, and Newfoundland's human residents.

Pamela Wallin, Canadian Consulate General
1251 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY, United States 10020-1175
Telephone: 1.212.596.1628
Facsimile: 1.212.596.1790

The Right Honourable Stephen Joseph Harper
Prime Minister
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0A2
Facsimile: 1.613.941.6900


To all of you that are against this senseless inhumane slaughter of baby seals, God Bless you. I am against it also, watching the videos on various sites brought me to tears. I am just one person, but if we all ban together this cruel and senseless hunt will be ended forever. For Mark Durkin: You sir should not even put yourself in the category as "human being" - anyone, including you that condones such a barbaric act should be ..(.ashamed. ) All I can say is, your day will come along with all the other barbarians that see nothing wrong with clubbing defenseless babies.

I am so very unhappy about the clubbing of one of the most beautiful animals of this world.Pray that this will end.

I wanted to express my deep appreciation for your driven dedication to end the seal hunts in Canada. I saw my first images of the horrific clubings of young pups on national TV in 1969. Since that time I have been involved in animal conservation efforts. You think in the 21st centuary our need to kill other species would have ended. We should be stewards of other living things and stop the killings. You have my support and I shall continue to have others visit your website to stay aware. Artist/painter Patricia Traub

I am appauled and disheartened that after all of my adult life we still have to protest the seal slaughter. Almost no one can plead ignorance to this atrocity - so why would any human want to wear seal fur (or any fur for that matter). Thank you for trying to wake up the apathetic and turn around the cruel among us. I think all fur is wrong, of course, but in the wearing of seal fur - I think one of the issues is that labeling for fur is unclear or not at all, and white seal fur is often dyed and people who wouldn't wear seal fur are ignorantly wearing it. There is a house bill, as you know, HR 4904 which demands truth in labeling fur pelts and I would amend that to say the label should include how the fur bearing animal met his/her death, ie skinning alive, electrocution, gassing, bludgeoning, etc - the consumer HAS a right to know and an obligation to know. Thank you. Linda

AWESOME job everyone !! Let's keep the prayers going for our wee friends of nature.!!!

Hi there. I live in Canada (Niagara Falls) and I am sick of this hunt going on. Please everybody boycott all Canadian. I'm with you!! This has to stop. It is inhumane and cruel. They do it for profit. Even though they say if is for food. Why are they selling the fur for boots and purses? We are no better then China and Korea with the slaughter of dogs and cats. And believe me their own people in China and Kkorea are sick of the treatment of these blessed beings in their own country. I support this boycott and I live here!! Mary Learn

seals any kind of seals are sweet loving animals well mammals that need to be left alone and not hunted for their furr hunters need to just leave them all alone and if they do try hunting my seals they need to be arrested and brought up on big time charges

your continued rantings objecting to our seal hunt have fallen on deaf ears here in canada.we simply do not care what europeans and left wing pinkos in the usa have to say about it-forgive us for valuing the life of innocent human beings over a stupid seal pup that will grow to become a fat,ugly,fish inhaling about u limees protest your countries brutal beatings of young iraqi pre-teens instead?incidentally,we have just increased the quota to allow the hunting of 335,000 of the stinking beasts.take that! [Blog editors' note: How charming. Reminds one of a few others who display such bravado and ignorance here over hammering wolves and everythng else that moves.

How sad. It must take a "real man" to stand over a small defenseless animal and beat it to death with a club. To distroy such a beautiful creature in such a barbaric way, again I say How Sad. I wonder how they can lay their head on their pillows at night and sleep. They should remember the look in the eyes of those baby seals just before they kill them. Maybe that will touch their heart if they have one.

I live in Canada and I have written more letters to the Prime Minister, MP, Minister of Fisheries, newspapers than I can count. Nothing will change. The government does not listen to its people. The only thing that will end this brutality is if the fishing and tourism industries get hit really hard. Money talks so I ask everyone to boycott Canadian tourism and spread the message to everyone you know. The seals thank you! [ Blog editors' note: We do encourage a foreign tourism boycott to put pressure on the government -- the driving force behind the slaughter. At also implore Canadians to organize large demonstrations outside government offices and fur salons. That helps drive the message home when politicians connect organized resistance to their political futures.