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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


Mark Durkin, you must be from Newfoundland, where else in Canada do they breed such ignorant, heartless excuses for human beings? It wouldn't surprise me if you are a seal clubber yourself therefore your opinion means nothing . Canadian soldiers have their own share of beatings, so go back to your shell. I am a Canadian and want everyone here to know Durkin is one of the few barbarians still existing in this country. The rest of us are civilized, educated, compassionate and humane. Thank you.

I wanted to express my deep appreciation for your driven dedication to end the seal hunts in Canada.Also for the wolves who are the next victims???????greets from Belgium,Rudy

I have continued to feel outraged by the murder of seals and have sent an e-mail to the Prime Minister explaining that I will not visit Canada with my family until this horrible practice stops. I also will not eat any fish coming from Canada. We must ban together to strongly voice our outrage at this gross injustice. [Blog editors' note: Thank you, Teresa. We don't advocate eating any fish at all. A foreign tourism boycott is the best focus and a vegetarian diet respects the world's oceans and all animals.

I cannot believe how barbaric these human predators are! In addition, we must try to prevent the fashion industry from influencing the public to buy seal furs.

I just wanted to add that we also need to focus our attention and outrage at those who buy the seal products, such as pelts, penises, Omega 3 tablets, etc. The buyers are Norway, Russia and China. I wrote to the embassies and governments of these countries and told them that their citizens have as much blood in their hands as the seal clubbers. I believe the world should flood them with e-mails of outrage and also boycott tourism to these countries for directly supporting the carnage on Canada's ice floes. The math is simple: no demand for seal products= no seal hunt.

This is one of the most barbaric things that I have ever heard of. Please stop this terrible clubbing of seals.

how sad the Canadian government, once again, chooses not to recognize the outcry from the world on this day after an international vigil to stop the hunt that has galvanized so many of us to stop it. the announcement today from the Canadian DFO is an abomination, a horrific act of disrepect to nature and those who endeavor to protect the environment and all its living creatures. Increasing the quota to allow more animals to perish is unconscionable. And what about those individuals that wield the instruments of death? What conscience allows you to face your mirrors without responsibility, guilt and remorse? what saddens me so is that those who partake in this miserable excuse for a livlihood wiil never read the words written here by those of us who feel so passionately about this cause. It is heartbreaking beyond my capacity to express it. tonight i feel broken and disheartened...a few short days away so many will die not for food or survival but for vanity and self indulgence. how do we find the way to change that course? Educate your family, friends, co-workers, anyone who will listen.

the seal hunt protest was head up in vancouver by Ashley Fruno telephone: 604-230-2837. Liberation BC vancouver, b.c. canada considering that the seal hunt is the largest slaughter of marine mammals on the planet, the turnout of sixty some odd people in vancouver bc canada, home of the 2010 winter games, just goes to show you, the home of the 2010 winter games is not the nice city that they pretend to be. nature et al...... pray tell, how could only 60 people show up.

It's a sad thing when man has to kill a creature that God has put on our earth for us to enjoy, not for killing in a in-humane manner.

As a Canadian, I am shocked and appalled that such a barbaric enterprise as the seal hunt would continue in our society - we who pride ourselves on our good and just society! Thanks to this web site, and to others who are selflessly lobbying against this inhumanity, I am going to write letters to my government and do whatever I can to stop this most distrubing slaughter of innocent lives. I am also thankful that I am an Ontario resident, and not a Newfoundlander, as I would be ashamed to have such a Premier representing me - I already feel a certain degree of shame in simply being a Canadian, knowing that our country is allowing this decimation to continue.