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DFO request for public input regarding observer distance from seal kill

February 17, 2007 | Seals

Addressing Canada's seal regs from a vegan perspective

To the Department of Fisheries and Oceans:

On behalf of Friends of Animals, an international organization with offices in Canada and the U.S., I hereby respond to your call for comments on the suitability of increasing the space legally allowed between observers and the government-sanctioned seal killing off the Newfoundland and surrounding coastal areas.

Our view is this: The distance is irrelevant. We want it to be known that there is nothing left to document. Little if anything has ever been accomplished from efforts to document this killing event. We do not need more degrading footage of people killing seals. The time has come to support residents of a depressed economy in ways that acknowledge both the inherent worth of human beings and the lives of sea animals.

The question is not if the killing is cruel, or how cruel the killing is. The question is when the government of Canada will stop issuing quotas and rules and using the seals as substitutes for a real economic solution to the situation of coastal residents. Filming the kill and issuing penalties against the people engaged to carry it out does not address the root problem but instead exacerbates it.

This pointless deliberation over rules and regulations is another waste of Canadian resources that would be better directed into the provisions of real economic and social solutions.

Dave Shiskoff
Canadian Correspondent
Friends of Animals


Enough killing already!!!!! Let's get a viable solution in motion.

That this is still an issue is itself an indictment of humanity. That this country will go to war for the greed of corporate entities, and yet STAND BY while billions of these beautiful innocent creatures are bludgeoned to death is beyond belief and beyond forgiveness.

I think the distance issue is just a devergence of the real issue at hand. The focus is on the overwhelming majorities who oppose the killings to begin with. Killing is not the only answer to making money. I am most positive that there are many many other ways to bring up the economy there in Canada. The barbaric killing must and should stop. We are suppose to advance as a civilization not stagnate and hide behind tradition. Tradition sometimes has to change. We need to evolve and the time is now. More and more people as time goes on are opening their eyes to animal's suffering and the indifference man has towards thinking, feeling, breathing and worthy creatures. All animals deserve our protection and respect. To be good stewards of our planet we must decide how to sustain it and take care of it and all who live on it. Look at the great accomplishments man has made in so many years of our existence. People must come together and figure out other ways to make money. By being conscientious about the ways to make money will enable us to look back and be proud and advance as we should.

I hate to hear about the senseless slaughter of baby seals for no reason except greed. My husband and I will never vacation in Canada until this cruelty is stopped.

Encourage a higher consciousness which knows this senseless slaughter is not the answer to Canada's economic problems.

innocent living creatures deserve a chance at life...find a new hobby!!!

Please stop this nonsense of killing these innocent creatures. Please how can I help....

I'm with you. Please let me know what I can do to help these wonderful animals!

This is a tremendous shame for Canada.

We've spent to latter half of the 20th century perfecting the production of synthetic materials that replace the barbarian practice of killing animals to wear their skin. We can not revert back on a ruthless, shameless course because some Canadians have nothing better to do in a lonely wilderness than club seals into submission. I urge everyone to confront these Canadian murderers to get a life so that the seal population can maintain theirs. Thank you, Jay Lustgarten


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