LettersLetter from Melissa Concerning Seal Hunting - 18 April 2004
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Letter from Melissa Concerning Seal Hunting - 18 April 2004


I didn't know until today when reading the Washington Post of April 18 that seal hunting was still in existence nor did I know that this type of cruelty was even possible - to club a seal and then skin it alive. What types of monsters are capable of such a thing?

I would like to know what I can do to help because after reading today's article in the Post and now finding an article on the Internet (such as this one) I feel so powerless but I know that there must be something I can do.

Please post something that will tell us what we can do toward making a concerted effort in abolishing such cruelty once and for all.

Thank you for bringing it to light that this abominable practice is still very much alive.


Reply by Frank L. Hoffman

Dear Melissa:

Thank you very much for your email, compassionate comments, and offer to help.

There are some general things you can do which we have published in our Animal Exploitation section: http://www.all-creatures.org/anex/  

What can I do?

How can I help stop the pain and suffering?

Go Vegan!

Don't eat animals or their by-products (meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy, cheese, milk).

Don't wear or use animal products (fur, fur trim, leather, skins, wool, silk).

Tell others why you have made this compassionate choice.

Always be peaceful and polite when expressing your feelings.

Speak out against all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty.

Refer others to our website so they can see for themselves.

Write letters to editors of newspapers, to broadcasters, and to elected officials.

Be a believable witness!

Give only to compassionate and cruelty-free organizations.

Charities that do not test on animals or use animals for research.

Environmental organizations that don't believe in hunting.

Before you give, check carefully to see where their money goes.

Don't be a "meanie greenie."

Buy only cruelty-free makeup, toiletries, and household products.

Products that contain no animal by-products or ingredients.

Products that are not tested on animals.

Educate yourself.

Always adopt companion animals. Do not buy them from pet shops or breeders.

Always spay and neuter companion animals. Prevent over-population.

Support only cruelty-free entertainment with no animal acts, rodeos, or racing.

Speak out against blood sports (hunting, fishing, trapping, bull fighting and other animal fighting).

Always set the example for compassionate and peaceful living. Educate yourself. Keep improving. Ask others to join you in your efforts.

If you would like to help in other more specific ways, we could use some volunteer help with adding a Seal section to Animal Exploitation. If you're interested, please let us know.

In the Love of the Lord,


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