URGENT!!!PLEASE Tell Canada to End Its Shameful Seal Slaughter

Tell Canada to End Its Shameful Seal Slaughter

For centuries, pregnant harp seals have migrated from Greenland down the coast of Canada, stopping each spring to give birth on the ice floes off Newfoundland. And every year, the Canadian government funds a trade in which the baby seals are massacred by club-wielding sealers from the local fishing community while their pelts remain soft enough to sell on the international fur market. The commercial seal slaughter is not a subsistence activity for native peoples but an off-season fishing industry cash grab, and it accounts for less than 1 percent of Newfoundland's economy.

Over the last few years, the price of seal fur has finally started to plummet as international outrage against the seal slaughter rises. Russia – which imported 95% of Canadian seal pelts – has now joined the U.S., European Union, and Mexico in banning seal fur imports. This has led Newfoundland and national Canadian officials to seriously examine whether the slaughter should end.

We've got them on the run, but we need your voice now to reach the tipping point. The annual seal slaughter will continue unless people like you speak out and take action to stop it, so please add your voice to the global outcry against Canada's shameful seal massacre. Please take a moment now to write a quick, personal e-mail to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (pm@pm.gc.ca) demanding that he bring the massacre to an immediate end. Canadian citizens can also direct letters to members of Parliament, while residents of other countries can write to the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate. You may also complete the message below, which we will deliver to Canadian officials.

Tell Canada to End Its Shameful Seal Slaughter

For centuries, pregnant harp seals have migrated from Greenland down the coast of Canada, stopping each spring to give birth on the ice floes off Newfoundland. And every year, the Canadian government funds a trade in which the baby seals are massacred by club-wielding sealers from the local fishing community while their pelts remain soft enough to sell on the international fur market. The commercial seal slaughter is not a subsistence activity for native peoples but an off-season fishing industry cash grab, and it accounts for less than 1 percent of Newfoundland's economy.

Over the last few years, the price of seal fur has finally started to plummet as international outrage against the seal slaughter rises. Russia – which imported 95% of Canadian seal pelts – has now joined the U.S., European Union, and Mexico in banning seal fur imports. This has led Newfoundland and national Canadian officials to seriously examine whether the slaughter should end.

We've got them on the run, but we need your voice now to reach the tipping point. The annual seal slaughter will continue unless people like you speak out and take action to stop it, so please add your voice to the global outcry against Canada's shameful seal massacre. Please take a moment now to write a quick, personal e-mail to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (pm@pm.gc.ca) demanding that he bring the massacre to an immediate end. Canadian citizens can also direct letters to members of Parliament, while residents of other countries can write to the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate. You may also complete the message below, which we will deliver to Canadian officials.











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Dear [Decision Maker],







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I was shocked to learn that the Canadian government still allows hundreds of thousands of seals to be slaughtered each year, especially given that the U.S. and the European Union have banned seal product imports and that Russia, Canada's largest market for seal fur, has recently taken steps to ban seal imports as well. These gentle animals are shot or have their skulls smashed in by sealers. They are then skinned for their fur, often while they are still conscious. Please end the seal slaughter immediately and spare Canada any further embarrassment.







Sincerely,
[Your Name]




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