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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


Why are most of the groups involved not helping the six species of seals that hover on the brink on extinction? The IFAW helps two of these six but guess what, the harp seal is not one of the six. The HSUS does not help any and the SSCS does not help any of these six. Why is it animal rights people say we need to keep all species of animals on the planet and then focus their efforts on a common animal rather than the over one thousand species which are almost extinct? Why is there so much attention on the seal hunt and none on moose hunting which takes the same number of animals annually as the seal hunt or the deer which takes twice as many? Licenses are given to hunt moose that are seven months old and the youngest seals are killed at about one month old. If your going to tell me there is a lot of difference please save it. Death is death no matter what the age. The only way age factors in at all is to make it sensationalist. In concerns to the seal hunt it makes sense to kill the young because it does not take away from the breeding stock and the young experience a 30% mortality rate anyway. Over the past nine years of hunts in the 250,000 - 300,000 range the seal herd has experienced steady growth. So my question again, why the seal hunt and not the moose or deer hunt? Why is there never a mention of trying to work toward a long term goal of phasing out the seal hunt over time so it does no impact the people? Instead whenever the animal rights side have been invited to talks they never even show up. This would make more sense and not get people’s ire up so much rather than trying to force people to buckle to your will. Cooperation always works better than force, in the short and long term. I saw a picture of this little old woman who had been giving to the IFAW for fifteen years. Believe me, she did not look like she was drowning in cash by any means. ..I can’t see how these people can justify taking money from elderly people and school children and then take such salaries. Anyways, these are my questions and if you would like to drop me a line you can do so through the attached email or through my web site,

I understand people feeling strongly about a cause but the vitriol is discussing. So is the boycott. I find it flabbergasting that all these artists are boycotting Canada (with a population less than that of California so it's not hurting their pocketbooks) when America routinely slaughters, directly or indirectly, ACTUAL PEOPLE throughout the world every year. Where's the perspective? Blog editor's note: Where's Travis' perspective? One can oppose human carnage and the battering of seal pups at the same time. Doesn't one's brain have room for both?

But you're not opposing both. You say the boycott of Canada's goods and a boycott of Canada's tourism (which hurts hard-working lower-income families more than it hurts anyone else) is the effective way to fight this. Why is there no boycott of America's goods? Where's the outrage at America's "war" crimes in America? It's non-existent. From a country that touts the BENEFITS of global warming, the outrage and vitriol flung at Canada for this seal hunt slaughter seemes a little too convenient. [Blog editors' note: You're free to boycott the United States. This is a blog devoted to animal advocacy. If you're looking for a recitation of war crimea, you need another venue. FoA's boycott is aimed at foreign travel to Canada. The hotels and the airlines will feel it and maybe Canadians will be motivated to change their government's support of a ghastly, annual seal slaughter for which there's no excuse. And another thing, many of us oppose the U.S. government's schemes and environmental disasters. There's certainly concern about global warming, which, in part is why we advocate a vegetarian diet and eschew animal agribusiness.

No. Hard-working lower-income families feel it. Many places in Canada rely heavily on a tourism industry and I know many people that rely on the jobs that creates. Traveller's Inn can afford the hit. Canada's lower-income families cannot. But what do you care? Yeah, this is a forum where people seem to care more about non-human animals than human animals. [Blog editors' note: Human rights and animal rights are not in competition. Respecting both makes sense.]

this mail is regarding a mail posted on march by marc durkin. It is unbelievable, how people can be so inhuman. animals were given to us to protect them and look after them with responsability. how can anyone support such horrible crime, as killing seal pups for the shallow use their fur, not even to protect us from cold, but to use it as a fashion item.

...The Earth is changing,this is obvious,when the Oceans die my friends so will we,and these seals are a part of that delicate ecosystem,do the homework....My family hails from Prince Edward Island Canada,I will never set my foot there.Canada will not get one red cent from me,or anyone who lives in my household.I may only be one person,but I use the internet,good luck censoring that Canada...

I think canada should be ashamed that this cruelty is allowed to happen and to club a innocent animal to death that's only a few days old. They must have no hearts or brains out there to allow cruelty like that to be legal. Shame on you canada.

Ok, Im only 12, but i think I should be heard. These are poor animals! They shouldn't be killed just for a sport, money, or to be a fluffy fur coat! Its wrong! Who would even have the heart to kill such a cute little thing!?!? Its almost not even human! S.T.H.S! S.T.H.S! S.ave T.he H.arp S.eals Please???????

Yes. I may be 13, but it doesn't matter! Harp Seals shouldn't be killed just because you get money for it! It's not right! Think about it. People get aressted for killing or harming a person. When you kill an animal, it's like they don't care if they do it. How can people get away with killing an animal? Hardly anyone gets caught killing an endangered animal, so they get away with it and they know it's not right but they do it anyway! We the world need to stop this! These beautiful creatures are getting killed and we are trying to do something, but it's taking longer then we want it to! When will they stop? ...Come on world! Lets stop this as one. If we try we can be a powerful force to stop this! No matter how old or your gender or anything... everyone has a voice. That voice should be heard. Don't be afraid. Act now so you and the rest of the world can help save animals. Please help them! They don't have a voice that we can hear to save them. It's up to us to let their voices be heard! Save Harp Seals! We're all they've got.

Hello, I know this is a bit of an old article, but I'm still going to post. I'm all for supporting your own oppinions, but what I don't support, is you trying to force your own oppinions down other peoples throats. I'm from Newfoundland, and even though I've never personally participated in the seal hunt, members of my family have, and have for many, many years. It's a way of life, and when we were just poor starving human beings working on the barter system we adopted from our british ancestors, it put food on the tables of many newfoundlanders, so we didn't starve. It was also a main source of income for some families. You compair us to cold blooded killers, but why not take a look at it from this point. People every day are killed by contract killers, these people kill other people for a living... Now, are we really that bad? If you put half the effort into protesting things that really mattered as you do into this subject, maybe you might make a difference. You don't hear us whining over any of your little traditions do you? No, you don't, so maybe it's time for someone to speak up and say, maybe you should just mind your own business and pay attention to what's happening on your own side of the pond. Oh, and by the way, Things have changed, the hunt for the seal pups is frowned upon here, the hunt is intended to be for the adult seals, and many people do use it for food. A little known fact, if you touch a seal pup, it's mother won't take it back, and it dies. Can I point out that one of your famous stars actually commited this travisty when he and his wife visited our province earlier in 2006? that pup probably went on to die, because someone was a little ignorant and didn't know all the facts. It's a way of life, and it's also a natural process. It keeps the balance in nature. If seals become to plentyfull, they destroy fish stocks off our shores, devistating out provinces economy, and the economy of our country. It also means that you won't get the seafood that you may have come to love... And as for the clubbing process, that was faded out long ago. yes maybe some people still do it, but today, more humane processes are used. If people would actually get to know the facts instead of adapting your oppinion based on what the media shoves down your throat, maybe, just maybe, you'd be educated enough to see the light. I did a media course in school, and we learned that the media has a tendency to show you all the bad sides of things, and omitting the other half of the facts. Please, judge for yourself, not by what you see on tv, or in the newspapers, or anywhere else. I personally am a neutral party towards the hunt. I don't support it, but I'm not against it either... It's part of my haratige, and I don't stand for your bashing of it. Keep in mind, it's your roots that came to Newfoundland many years ago, and wiped an entire race of people off the face of the planet, and tought these "brutal" methods to their children, and their grandchildren, ect... All I ask, is that you look at the facts before you base an oppinon, and start bashing another people, and their ways, that you know extreamly little about. Have any of you seen how lobsters are cooked? (they're thrown in the pot of boiling water alive, and scream as they die). Look at what other things are going on in the world, and even in your own back yard. I bet you support the slaughter of thousands of innocent people in the war on Iraq... Are we really the worst people in the world? Lets not forget how Britain forced and faught their way into Africa durring the Boar war. They raped and pillaged a land of people wanting to be self seficient. I know this happened a long time ago, but what i'm getting at is... we've all got some bad parts in our past. we're not all angels, and no matter how hard you try, the world doesn't change. This world runs on money, and people would walk over their own grandmothers to get it. Maybe thats what you should be protesting, the fact that it's money that might drive some people to do things like this. I hope I've opened some peoples eyes about what really happens. If I've made one person think about their oppinons today, then I've succeeded.