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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


I think its absolutely disgusting that this is going on in todays day and age. What can be done to help protest and hopefully stop this?

I remember the TV special in 1969. I couldn't believe my eyes. Pictures represent a million words. Why can't that special be aired throughout the year? Yes, to all you cruel hunters of the seals, the hunt is on all over the world for something but you know, their bloody little bodies with their big eyes aren't left on the ground or ice staring at you. That is the disgrace in my eyes. May we enjoy the beauty of our "Little endangered Youngins" while they still exist.

Hello, As a Canadian myself, this issue is pretty close to home. And while I understand that everyone posting here has the best of wishes and intentions, I'd like to offer a little, probably unwelcome, perspective from up here. The seal hunt sounds terrible, without a doubt. I know you all imagine grizzly angry men taking out their anger on cute little seals. Or maybe, it is being thought of as a sport hunt, a cull, or some type of genocide. The reality is a little different. The seal hunters are of the most impoverished populations of Canada. They're made out to be a multi-million dollar corporation, but it's just not that way. If they cannot hunt for the year, they might not have any other source of income, except possibly welfare. In northern Newfoundland, there are no major industries, little tourism, few services, few colleges, limited doctors and hospitals, and no money. It's no NYC. Yes, I love animals too. No, I do not, and would not wear fur. But if I have the choice between dead seals and starving Canadians, there's just no contest. Just a final note, which will make everyone hate me all the more. I would argue that clubbing is a far more humane way for killing seals than shooting. Every trained sealer kills a seal with one blow. How many hunters can say that?

I think that what they are doing to the animals are very nasty because the animals are very cute. FoA comments: Even if the seals were less than cute, killing them would still be wrong.