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Call on Canada to End Immoral Seal Hunt

April 22, 2005 | Seals

New York City — More than 260,000 seal pups have been slaughtered since March 29, 2005. Through early May, Canadian seal hunters will club and shoot this season’s share of 320,000 harp and hooded seal pups on the ice floes off Newfoundland’s coast. The Canadian government subsidizes the annual slaughter; subsidies that Friends of Animals says should end immediately.

Tuesday, April 26th from 12:30pm-2:30pm, Friends of Animals, an international animal advocacy organization, will again oppose this despicably cruel practice at the door of the Canadian Consulate General in New York City. Advocates will gather at 1251 Avenue of the Americas (50th Street & 6th Ave.) to alert New York residents that the world’s largest commercial hunt continues, and to urge Canadian Consulate General Pamela Wallin and Canadian Prime Minster Paul Martin to end the seal hunt now.

Seal pelt exports to Europe and Asia have nearly doubled each year since 2002 — the first year of the current three-year plan to kill nearly one million seals. Each pelt represents the irreplaceable life of a pup who was too young to swim away from harm. The targeted pups as young as 12 days old, are often skinned alive.

Justifications for the hunt have varied. First, we heard that seals ate too many Atlantic codfish. The latest excuse comes from Canadian seal oil salespeople. The Canadian government, since 1995, has spent tens of millions in Canadian dollars to subsidize seal processing and develop new markets for seal products.. If seal oil can be marketed, they argue, then Canadians aren’t just killing for the fur salons of Denmark, Germany, France, Greenland, China, South Korea, Norway and Canada.

Priscilla Feral, president of Friends of Animals, states, “The world community should oppose Canada’s seal hunt as a matter of moralty. The resurgence of fur is responsible for Canada’s acceptance of the mass killing of seals. Renounce fur — all fur — to help seals over the long term.”

Feral adds, “Canadians should insist that their government stop the hunt subsidies now, and 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 “

Friends of Animals’ full page ad against Canada’s seal hunt will appear in Sunday’s, April 24 issue of The New York Daily News.


The seal hunt is a part of rural Canadian economy. It is an important source of food and income for coastal societies. The seal populations are healthy, some of the highest numbers in years. Almost all of the seal is used, fur, oil, and meat are viable Canadian exports. Obviously there are a few people who will be inhumane and irresponsible, but arent there in any animal industry? Canada enforces regulations about how seals are to be killed humanely. Us Canadians are not monsters, we do not get a power trip from killing seals as some of you 'animal rights' people seem to think. I hope you guys oppose eating beef and pork as much as you do the canadian seal hunt, because they are basically the same thing, except baby cows and pigs may not be as furry or cuddly looking as seals. In fact, it is mostly adult seals that are harvested. A lot of the arguments on this page are very childish, uninformed, and just plain laughable.

Dear all, mostly you who call themselves annoyed - canadian: Do you have a scientific evidence to sptop you for killing baby seals? Shame on you, i feel ashamed to need to answer all your invalid arguments. We all are animals in this planet,what makes us different from the others is that we can think, but as far as i see you don't. Don't you dare to talk about african people and their customs because you don't know about it. Canadians or any other foreigners that kill baby animals with cruelty and for fun is inmoral, unnaceptable and must be penalized.

most of the hunters here say that hunting is good and they "like doing it" but i have a feeling that if there kids were being bashed on the head by giants with clubs they wouldn't be so fond of hunting. they only like it because they know they aren't the ones getting harmed its there way of keeping control over others. Most of them don't even realize it either. This needs to stop now. by they way i am not very familiar with all if this animal cruelty stuff, any idea on how long it generally takes to get a problem of this size solved?

How could you do this they are killing so many and now they are saying killing animals and just leaving them there is a "sport" how the hell is that a sport!!!! I getting really pissed off!!! Everyone needs to get together and stop this!! and Canadian the seals aren't being killed humanely I saw the pictures on myspace!!! you should be ashamed of what people of ur country are doing to these animals that have no voice and no why to defend themselves!!! I am 13 years old and cannot do very much to stop this from happening but most of you are what? 20-40 you have a lot more voice and shouldn't just be writting comments on this I am begging you with all my heart please try to stop this!! When I grow up and have kids I want them to be able to see the seals and not just pictures of them or only in the zoo because they are all dead or most of them are! I pray everynight that this whole thing will stop and God hasn't answered my prayers yet but hopefully he will soon!

Theresa, I'm so glad that you agree with us because most Canadians don't believe how crel this is and how bad they are treating these animals!

the government is absolutly CLUELESS. canadian government- "ohh seal killing! sounds like fun-lets go kill hopeless animals! whoopee! lets keep doing it till there extinct!"

honestly... i do love animals. but... they are not calling this a sport like baseball or football. it is a sport like deer or duck hunting. probably closely related to deer hunting here in ohio. more dear have been allowed to be killed each season because of overpopulation. and i bet that that is why they are allowing so many seals to be killed each season too. sure it sounds cruel. but so does killing second-born children in china. though it is brutal, it's they way to keep things under control. using their pelts is just one way to benifit from the tragic truth that it is.

i think that it soo horrible hunting animals if you were animal you wouldn't want to get hunted and killed just for your fur everyone deserves to have life which really gets on my nerves i really hate it i think it should be stopped and never to do it again just leave everyone alone why would you want to see an animal in pain its so out of order!

...It's a pity that mankind still has not learned to live in harmony with nature...

I am from BC and just heard of this. Honestly I bawled. I am so ashamed that I would belong to a country participating in something like this. HELP! what is something I can do that will actually change what is happening? ... If we want to control population look who is the most overpopulated animals on earth. No that is another topic for another day, all I know is that I will never bring another human to earth.


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