Canada's commercial seal hunt has reached a crucial moment.
The markets for seal products are disappearing. There are now seal product restrictions around the world, and the value of seal pelts has dropped dramatically -- from over $100 per pelt in 2006 to just $18 now.
However, the Canadian Government continues to subsidize the sealing industry with taxpayer money. They are planning to fight the EU's seal product ban in the WTO and, most baffling, they have set the annual seal hunt quote at 400,000 seals.
The Canadian Government isn't getting the message: the world doesn't want Canada's dead seals!
Let's make it clear to the Canadian Government that it's time to make the seal hunt history.
Please sign this petition to urge the Canadian Government to end the seal hunt now.
SUBJECT: End the Commercial Seal Hunt
Dear [Decision Maker],
Dear Stephen Harper,
Canada is a great country, and rather than tarnishing its reputation in order to sell cruel seal products, I am asking you to protect seals and end the commercial seal hunt.
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People around the world continue to say "no" to seal products, but the Canadian government stubbornly continues trying to sell these cruel products. They are fighting the EU ban at the WTO and trying to overturn the ban in Russia. The bans must be defended.
Despite the Canadian government's attempts to challenge the values and democratic principles of others, I reject seal products and will continue to defend my right to say "no" to them. My action, and the action of thousands of others from around the world, is causing markets for seal products to disappear -- and the seal hunt is dying.
Please listen to the voices of people from around the world. Protect seals, and provide sealers with opportunities so they can get out of this dying industry.
Celebrate seals as part of what makes Canada so beautiful. End the commercial seal hunt.
Keep up the great work. Look what you've accomplished!
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