Posted by: kinshipcircle | April 28, 2010

Come On Canada – The Seal Slaughter Needs To Stop

4/26/10 – KINSHIP CIRCLE
Come On Canada – The Seal Slaughter Needs To Stop

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With seal goods banned in every major market but China, Canada can no longer economically justify their annual seal hunt. So why does it still take place?

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Honorable Prime Minister Harper, Canadian Senators and Ambassadors:

Canada’s annual seal hunt faces so many setbacks, it doesn’t make economic sense to prolong it.

Seal fur prices continue to plummet since the European Union outlawed seal product trade across 27 nations. The U.S, Mexico, and Croatia ban seal items. Russia has further reduced the commercial market with a shutdown of
its own hunt last year. An ongoing global boycott of Canadian seafood only worsens chances for a “comeback” of this controversial industry.

This year, record amounts of thawing ice along Canada’s east coast weakened birthing grounds for harp seals — causing mothers to abort pups in water or fall through fragile ice. Seal pups dyed by the thousands, yet the Canadian government actually upped the 2010 kill quota by 50,000.

I urge Canadian officials to purchase sealing licenses and sponsor economic options for your citizens. Economists predict that a buyout would cost less than subsidizing the hunt itself. In one survey, half of responding sealers back a federal buyout. Stopping the hunt could save Canadians $6.9 million (or more) yearly, according to a Marine Policy journal report.

From an ethical standpoint, cancellation of the world’s largest marine mammal slaughter is long overdue. Some 72% of Canadians support a ban on killing pups and 81% do not care if the hunt ends altogether.

In fact, most of the world condemns Canada’s hunt, where 98% of seals butchered range from 2 weeks to 3 months in age. Well-publicized documentation shows seals shot, bludgeoned, kicked and thrashed with razor-sharp hakapiks. Photographic images from the 2010 hunt reveal a pup shot in the face and struggling to flee amid pools of his own blood. As the world bears witness to these horrible acts of cruelty, year after year, government claims about “humane slaughter” ring hollow.

Senator Mac Harb has reintroduced his bill to ban seal slaughter in Canadian waters. I ask officials to support Senator Harb’s legislation. It’s time to end a violent industry with little financial relevance. Please make a responsible decision to permanently stop the seal hunt.

Sincerely,

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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

The Senate of Canada
Parliament Buildings
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1A 0A4

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS FOR THIS ALERT
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Seriously Canada, Seals Are Dying And You Won’t Cancel The Hunt?
http://www.humanesociety.org/seriouslycanada/
Stop Canada’s Cruel Seal Hunt
http://action.humanesociety.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=11281.0&dlv_id=13745
Melting Out from Under Them
http://www.hsicanada.ca/wildlife/seals/seal_hunt_2010/melting_ice_031010.html

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