"...The Canadian seal 'hunt' (or, more accurately, massacre) is coming to a close, with few boats having gone out to kill seals. Still, over 50,000 seal pups have been killed, and many were killed for nothing, their pelts being tossed back into the water.
The Canadian government announced the 2010 quota in March: 388,200 seal pups. Killing that many seal pups this year would leave few survivors. This quota demonstrates how little regard the Canadian government has for protecting wildlife.
However, conditions this year will result in the killing of far fewer seals than this quota. This year, the depressed market for seal fur, a direct result of the campaign to end the seal 'hunt', and the terrible ice conditions will keep the sealers from reaching the high quota.
Harp seals give birth to their pups on solid sea ice. So, in 2007, when temperatures were so warm that little sea ice formed, and what did form was thin and unstable, many seal pups drowned before they were old enough to swim. In fact, most pups born in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence suffered this fate. This year appears to be even worse..." (http://www.harpseals.org/)
"...The Canadian commercial seal hunt is a barbaric bloodlust ritual where baby seals are beaten to death with spiked clubs and also skinned alive, all for no economic benefit, motivated by sadism and an irrational hatred of seals.
I wrote this essay to counter the propaganda put out by the Canadian DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) that portrays the commercial seal hunt as humane and economically important.
To claim that a baby seal does not feel extreme pain while being skinned alive, does not pass the laugh test. Each year hundreds of thousands of seal pups are sadistically slaughtered. Lets look at some of the bogus claims of the DFO..." (http://mindprod.com/animalrights/sealhunt.html)
"...Most seals are killed by being bashed oven the head with a spiked club called a hackapik. Others are shot. Because a baby seal%u2019s brain is only the size of a walnut, it is extremely difficult to kill in one blow or shot. Many blows or bullets are required to render a seal unconscious or dead. The DFO%u2019s own studies have shown that over 6,000 baby seals are skinned alive each year. A panel of veterinarians gave a much higher estimate of 42% skinned alive..."
A panel of veterinarians gave a much higher estimate of 42% skinned alive...
One internatianl team of veterinarians discovered :
79% of the sealers did not check to see if an animal was dead before skinning it.
In 40% of the kills, a sealer had to strike the seal a second time, presumably because it was still conscious after the first blow or shot.
42% of killed seals examined were found to have minimal or no fractures, suggesting a high probability that these seals were conscious when skinned.
BABY SEAL HUNT IS CRUEL, NOT COMPATIBLE WITH A CIVILIZED COUNTRY! BABY SEAL MEAT IS DISPENSABLE AND MADE FOR SHALLOW AVOIDABLE PURPOSES (there are other alternatives to their meat, fish oil supplements ought to be made of...fish?!...not baby seal oil, it is a scandal!). BABY SEAL COATS ARE ALSO CAPABLE OF BEEING REPLACED BY OTHER MATERIALS, IF IT IS A TRADITION, IT IS A CRUEL ONE AND OUGHT TO END! WHAT SORT OF HUMAN BEEING WEARS THAT COAT KNOWING THIS (no offense...)
THIS BARBARIAN ACTIVITY TO END AT ONCE!
TO ALL READING THIS TEXT:
Do not buy products made out of their fur
Do not buy fish oil supplements
Do not eat their meat, not even out of curiosity as turists!
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