Don't Stain 2010 Olympics With The Blood Of Seals

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Originally Posted: 25 April 2009

Don't Stain 2010 Olympics With The Blood Of Seals

From Kinship Circle

Urge the Olympic Committee to Help End the Canadian Seal Slaughter

1) Sign this online petition

2) Write, email, fax, call directly (sample letter below):

Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee
Mr. John Furlong, CEO, Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic
and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC)
#400 - 3585 Graveley Street
Vancouver, BC; V5K 5J5, Canada
ph: 1-778-328-2010, 1-877-408-2010; fax: 1-778-328-2011
email: info@vancouver2010.com

Canadian Olympic Committee (COC)
Mr. Michael A. Chambers, President
CORPORATE OFFICE - TORONTO
21 St.Clair Avenue E., Suite 900
Toronto, ON; Canada, M4T 1L9
ph: 416-962-0262; fax: 416-967-4902
email: webmaster@olympic.ca

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean
Governor General of Canada
Rideau Hall, 1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1
ph: 613-993-8200, 1-800-465-6890; fax: 613-998-8760
email: info@gg.ca

Mayor Gregor Robertson
Vancouver City Hall
453 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Y1V4
ph: 604-873-7621; fax: 604-873-7685
email: gregor.robertson@vancouver.ca, info@votevision.ca

Vancouver City Council
Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Y1V4
fax: 604-873-7750
Councillor Suzanne Anton: clranton@vancouver.ca
Councillor David Cadman: clrcadman@vancouver.ca
Councillor George Chow: clrchow@vancouver.ca
Councillor Heather Deal: clrdeal@vancouver.ca
Councillor Kerry Jang: clrjang@vancouver.ca
Councillor Raymond Louie: clrlouie@vancouver.ca
Councillor Geoff Meggs: clrmeggs@vancouver.ca
Councillor Andrea Reimer: clrreimer@vancouver.ca
Councillor Tim Stevenson: clrstevenson@vancouver.ca
Councillor Ellen Woodsworth: clrwoodsworth@vancouver.ca

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister, 80 Wellington Street
Ottawa K1A 0A2
fax: 613-941-6900; email: pm@pm.gc.ca

Kinship Circle cannot guarantee validity of email addresses. During campaigns, recipients may change or disable their email addresses. Emails from government, corporate, or institute websites may be incorrect.

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SAMPLE LETTER. This letter is prepared to inform you about the issue. WRITE YOUR OWN LETTER using these talking points.
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Honourable Canadian Officials and 2010 Olympic Organizers:

A spotlight shines on Canada as it readies to host the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Unfortunately, the Games also shed light on the world's largest marine
mammal massacre. I urge government officials and 2010 Olympic organizers to
publicly oppose the commercial harp seal hunt.

You have an opportunity to show responsible stewardship of Canada's wildlife
and environment. Please use your influential status to help end the annual
slaughter of some 300,000 seals off Canada's East Coast.

To butcher seals, 98% of whom range from 2 weeks to 3 months in age, sealers
ambush ice nurseries. They gun down, bludgeon, kick, and thrash pups with
razor-sharp hakapiks. The 2009 kill quota allows for 338,200 seals.

You don't need to be an "animal lover" to know this yearly onslaught is
wrong. In fact Canadian Senator Mac Harb introduced a bill to ban seal
slaughter in Canadian waters. The Harb Seal Bill is a first-ever attempt to
recognize global disapproval of a dead-end industry. Belgium, the
Netherlands, Slovenia, Croatia, the United States and Mexico already
prohibit seal products. The European Union's pending trade ban on all
non-aboriginal seal goods is progressing through European Parliament.

Images of sealers dragging alert animals with boathooks tarnish the
character of the Vancouver Games. Hunters commonly hook seals without
verifying unconsciousness or death. A team of impartial veterinarians once
concluded 42% of examined seals were still awake when skinned.

A hunt with little financial relevance shouldn't be allowed to damage
Canada's reputation. In Newfoundland, where 90% of sealers reside,
seal-related revenue constitutes a small percentage of the economy. Sealers
fish year-round. Killing seals generates a minute portion of their incomes.

As all eyes focus on Vancouver and Canada, please advocate an end to the
non-sustainable and ethically indefensible harp seal hunt.

Thank you...


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