Target: Leona Aglukkaq, Canadian Minister of the Environment
Goal: Stop the pointless slaughter of baby seals in Canada
Almost everyone is familiar with the harp seal pup, having seen its beautiful white coat on stamps and the cover of nature magazines. These pups are born between February and March each year. They spend the first few months of their lives close to their mothers or playing on the ice, but nothing can prepare them for what will happen in April. When they are just a few months old, hunters invade their icy homes and slaughter them for fur and meat.
The annual commercial seal hunt is a government-funded event in Canada. Each year, the government sets an ‘allowable catch’ limit and hunters are given free rein to capture and kill the seals. In 2014, the allowable catch limit has been set at 400,000. What they won’t tell you is that the majority of the seals killed are pups under the age of three months. Many have not even had their first swim or eaten their first solid meal before they are slaughtered.
What makes this atrocity even worse is that there is no market for seal products. Meat sits in freezers and pelts rot in warehouses as governments worldwide express their outrage at the wanton slaughter of these defenseless animals. The European Union has banned the sale of seal products, and that is being supported by the World Trade Organization. The United States, Russia, and Taiwan also refuse to traffic in seal products.
This annual seal slaughter is nothing more than a brutal and wasteful atrocity. Canada is spending taxpayer money to fight the WTO’s ban on the sale of these products instead of using that money to protect the delicate ecosystem of this arctic habitat. This needs to stop now, before one more baby seal is brutally clubbed to death.
To The Honorable Leona Aglukkaq, Canadian Minister of the Environment,
There is an atrocity being perpetrated on your watch. Tens of thousands of baby seals are being slaughtered every year, many younger than three months old.
We ask that you use your power as Minister of the Environment to bring an end baby seal slaughter as it is a pointless act of barbarism. An allowable catch limit of 400,000 seals for the 2014 hunting season is excessive at best and entirely wasteful at worst. There is no reason for it to continue, and we ask that you help us to make it stop.
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