I am deeply opposed to Canadaís plan to slaughter
nearly one million seals over three years. This is the highest quota in
history. The vast majority of these animals (95 percent) are less than three
months old and completely defenseless.
This deliberate plan to reduce the seal population
through hidden subsidies and unethical killing methods is completely without
scientific justification. Continuing to ignore the inexcusable cruelty and
waste inherent in this annual ďhuntĒ is simply wrong.
It is long past time for the Canadian government to act
upon the wishes of the compassionate majority that is completely opposed to
You probably already know that right now off the ice
floes of Eastern Canada, hundreds of thousands of baby seals as young as 12
days of age are being clubbed or shot to death without mercy.
Why does Canada still hunt two-week-old seal pups? The
simple answer is profit. If seal pelts were not valuable; seals would not be
killed. The greed of a select few has turned one of the worldís most
precious natural heritages into a virtual slaughterhouse. Last week
Canadaís Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced its intention to
continue reducing the entire harp seal population by up to a third. The
greedy incentive to maximize profit by killing as many animals as possible,
as quickly as possible, is not only cruel and disrespectful to our natural
heritage, it has the dangerous potential to push harp seals down the road to
The brutal and irresponsible nature of the hunt is at
great odds with Canadaís reputation as a civilized, progressive country.
Seals are worth more than just the price of their pelts. Can you continue to
stand for such a cruel and senseless hunt?
Thanks to a worldwide outcry spurred by the International
Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in the 1970s, the commercial killing of
whitecoat seal pups was banned in 1987. Thanks to people like you speaking
out, the seal hunt was slowly dying off through the 1980s until the Canadian
government began seal meat subsidies and set quotas allowing the slaughter
of over a quarter million seals every year. Thatís why you need to speak
out now one more time. Send a letter to the Canadian Embassy in Bangkok.
President and CEO,
The International Fund For Animal Welfare