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canadaian seal slaughter

Sadly, it seems to be "that" time of year again.

Here's the message and the links I got from PETA:

Words cannot describe the cruelty of the annual seal "hunt," which is really more of a massacre and will begin in just a few days. To stop this yearly atrocity, we must generate an international outcry against the Canadian government. I hope that you will support PETA's public call for an end to this slaughter by immediately taking two important actions:

      Sign PETA's international petition to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Our goal is to gather signatures from more than 50,000 people who want to tell the prime minister that "fashion" is no justification for spilling baby seals' blood.
http://getactive.peta.org/campaign/seal_hunt07/

      Support PETA's efforts to stop the slaughter of baby seals and the use of all animals for fur. Your online donation will bring more pressure to bear on the Canadian government and the international fur trade.
http://getactive.peta.org/ct/Y13RvyF1NzRl/

Canada's annual seal hunt is the largest slaughter of marine animals on Earth. Last year, more than 330,000 baby harp seals were beaten to death so that they could be made into fur coats, collars, and cuffs. The Canadian government claims that hunters only kill adult seals, but 97 percent of the seals killed last year were less than 3 months of age.

Most of these seals are too young to realize that they should try to escape when their killers approach. They lie totally vulnerable on the ice as their heads are bashed in with clubs. Many are dragged across the ice—still conscious—with boat hooks. Often these sensitive animals are skinned alive for their fur. Their bodies are left to rot on the ice because there is no market for their meat.

The Canadian government has authorized hunters to kill more than 335,000 harp seals this year—one of the largest quotas in history. There is no place in the 21st century for this wanton and frivolous cruelty. Canada must end this abomination, but it will take a lot of pressure to compel the government to stop the hunt.

Please support PETA's global campaign to stop the baby seal hunt and raise awareness about the cruelty of fur. Your contribution will have an immediate impact on our ability to pressure the Canadian government.

Thank you for your determination to end this terrible injustice.

For all animals,
Ingrid Newkirk
Ingrid E. Newkirk
President

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As i read this, it brought tears to my eyes. What honestly do baby seals to to harm people??? In all actuality we're the ones invading their land. This makes me sick and i truly wish that i could do something about it.  :'(

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As i read this, it brought tears to my eyes. What honestly do baby seals to to harm people??? In all actuality we're the ones invading their land. This makes me sick and i truly wish that i could do something about it.  :'(

Sign the petition!  :)
It's not much, but it's something.
More than most people take the time to do...

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oh i did! i checked my emails and found the update from peta and signed it! i hope that 50,000 people do :D

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Thank you for letting us know how we could help and providing the links.  So very sad.  :'(  If more people saw how the babies were killed, I think there would be a smaller demand for the fur. 

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I haven't been on the boards in a while, but i came on today and noticed this post--I had expected to see one on the seal hunt.  As a Newfoundlander, I feel it is my duty to clear a few things up.

Firstly, I can see how devastating it sounds when you read about the hunt through PETA's eyes.  However, I want to remind you that you mustn't believe everything you hear.  I'm sure none of you have ever been on the ice floes of Newfoundland (my home province), much less witnessed the hunt.  You have no idea of the poverty my province faces, nor the debt our government attempts to surmount.  Furthermore, you probably have no idea that Peta's stats are fallacious.  It is illegal to kill whitecoats (baby seals) in Newfoundland.  ILLEGAL.  So please, let's clear that up here and now.  It is impossible (indeed ludicrous) that 97% of seals slaughtered are babies.  And contrary to popular belief, sealers are NOT barbaric, they have been using guns to kill seals for decades now, NOT clubs (not that I condone the killing of ANY animal, I just want people to understand that it is done in a much more humane way--the reason the seal slaughter gets so much attention is because of how cute seals are--relative to a cow, for example--if you want to save an animal, save a dairy cow from the horror it faces).  If you've seen videos from the mid-nineties of a horrific seal slaughter, we've seen them too, and were just as horrified.  Those men have since been tried and jailed. 

Please understand that this whole campaign is blowing things out of proportion.  The only person who killed a baby seal is Linda McCartney, when she so ignorantly left her scent on a whitecoat after snuggling up with him for a publicity shot.  The mother of that seal would have abandoned her baby after smelling Linda's scent.

I would personally support Peta if they presented an accurate portrayal of the hunt and offered feasible alternatives to the seal hunt for so many of the Newfoundlanders who are doomed to a life on the ice.  Many sealers lose their lives each year during the hunt because of the harsh conditions they are subjected to while hunting.  Many of these men left school  in their early teens or never attended at all, and have little else to turn to for a living.  If you want to see a positive change, come and teach illiterate fisherman and sealers how to read and offer them a better life.  Otherwise, please think critically before you act.  I understand how disgusted and upset you feel after reading something as horrific as this (I would too), but I want you to understand that there is a lot of misinformation out there.  And remember, I practice a vegan lifestyle... and am currently studying to be a yoga teacher, which requires me to respect ahimsa---I am not here to tell you that killing seals is right.  I am just here to offer you the facts.  Our province is suffering the "terrible injustice" here.  We've already experienced severe blows to our tourism industry because of last year's aggressive campaigning.  You are not helping solve the problem by supporting this campaign.  If you are truly concerned, please write Peta asking them to present an accurate account of the seal hunt and to offer alternatives... for that I would thank-you.

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