[Ed. Note: Also read Sealers to start killing in Canada - It's time to create an UPROAR]
The good news is that Canada's annual commercial seal slaughter is
hanging on by a thread. With bans firmly in place across Europe, the U.S.,
Taiwan, Mexico, and Russia—which had been importing 95 percent of Canada's
seal pelts—the writing is on the wall: The seal trade is finished. The only
reason the Canadian government continues to defend this dead industry is
because political parties crave Newfoundland's swing seats in Parliament.
But as this editorial shows, even local sentiment is turning, and the lack
of markets has led Canadian officials to examine seriously whether the
slaughter should end.
We've reached a tipping point, and seals need your help now.
Sign an online petition.
And/or better yet, make direct contact:
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Toll Free: 1-800-224-0018
100 School Street
Tignish, PE C0B 2B0
phone (902) 882-4493
fax (902) 882-4494
250 Water Street
Summerside, PE C1N 1B3
phone (902) 432-6899
fax (902) 432-6853
Room 556, Confederation Building
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
phone (613) 992-9223
fax (613) 992-1974
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2249 Carling Ave
phone (613) 990-7720
House of Commons
phone (613) 995-0183
fax (613) 996-9795
Every year in Canada during the fishing offseason, fishers shoot and beat tens of thousands of baby seals to death and sell their pelts on the international fur market. Sealers routinely hook seals in the eye, cheek, or mouth and drag them across the ice while they are still conscious. Seals can be legally killed as soon as they shed their white fur at just a few weeks of age, and most of those killed are under 3 months.
SAMPLE LETTER (use your own words of course...)
I was shocked to learn that the Canadian government still allows thousands of seals to be slaughtered each year, especially given that the U.S., the European Union, Taiwan, Mexico, and Russia--which had been importing 95 percent of Canadian seal pelts--have all banned seal-fur imports. It's time to end the seal slaughter. Please support a government buyout, which would help sealers transition out of this dead industry.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!
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