Canada's 2011 commercial harp seal hunt has begun, and the government of Canada has sanctioned the slaughter of 400,000 baby seals.
In a stubborn and defiant challenge to the rights of other countries to say "no" to seal products, the Canadian government continues fighting the EU ban on seal products and ignores the facts. But there is no economic, scientific or ethical argument that can support the shooting, clubbing and skinning of defenseless seal pups.
People have the right to refuse products from Canada's cruel commercial seal hunt, and the Canadian government should stop aggressively pushing seal products on countries that don't want them.
Please tell Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper that you will defend your right to say "no" to cruelty. Ask him to listen to the voices of people from around the world and end the commercial seal hunt. Urge him to do the right thing and protect, not slaughter, Canada's beautiful wild seals.
I do not want products from Canada's cruel commercial seal hunt. There is no scientific or ethical argument that can support the shooting, clubbing and skinning of defenseless seal pups.
Challenging my right to say "no" is not acceptable -- it is a direct attack on my values and the democratic principles of my country. Denying the facts and challenging the right of other countries to ban seal products may further tarnish Canada's international reputation.
Rather than wasting money and resources on an unethical dying industry, sealers should be provided with alternatives that do not involve cruelty and Canada's wild seals should be protected and celebrated as part of what makes Canada so beautiful.
Please end this cruel slaughter and protect wild seals.
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