This year Canada has given green light to kill 1.000.000 baby seals just for economic causes.
The sealing industry says that it is killing more seals because of an increase in demand for fur-all fur. They state that the direct responsabillity lies with the consumers themselves. How can one put on a fur coat that is filled with such cruelty? Baby seals are clubbed with bludgeons while the mothers milk is still dripping out of their mouth. They are sliced open while still being conscious and skinned with no remorse. Baby seals between 10 or 20 days old have no clue about what awaits them when devils with clubs approach. They are most easy targets. Many of them are taken by the tail and bashed against the ice while the mother is forced to look at the slaughter of their child. Sometimes even a clubbed and blood splattered baby seal is used to bash up another.
Moments later, thousands of other babys awaits the same destiny. The mothers facing this immense tragedy stays for days next to their small ones utterly weltered and dismayed in a flood of blood coming from thousands of slaughtered babies deprived of it's fur. They even try to warm up and comfort the corpses through rubbing their body against the carved up corpses. They even try to feed them...
In 2004 the Washington post stated : "...seals appearing to gasp for air, blood running from their nose as they lies on an ice floe. Not far away, a sealer sharpens his knife blade. The seal seems to be thrashing as its fur is sliced from its torso." Or like this one reported in the Christian Science Monitor: "The few terrified survivors, left to crawl through the carnage. The shouted obscenities and threats from the sealers, gunfire cracking ominously in the distance. The pitiful cries of the pups; the repellent thuds of clubs raining down on soft skulls. Sealers' laughter echoing across the ice floes." You even hear the seal killers "utter a sarcastic 'welcome aboard' as they throw the skins on their 65-foot boat," as The New York Times reported in April 2005. Maybe this year, the images of the ice floes bloodied with carcasses will do the trick to persuade you to give up furs forever.
The Canadian authorities approximate the population of seals in Greenland to 5 million today against 10 million in 1990 and erroneously blame them for threatening the existence of stocks of fish in the Atlantic Ocean when the real culprits are industrial fleets that rampage through seas and oceans. Can this still be called irony?
After the US, the European Union has taken steps to forbid importing and trading baby seal skin (directive 83/129/CEE), but confronted to the soaring amount of massacres, some member States would like to go even further.
Belgium, Austria and Germany voted bills to set a ban, in every country, on skin and fur imports of adult seals. Italy is working on such a bill, which would also include a ban on fat and oil imported from seal hunts.
France has to take measures to condemn a slaughter that sickens everyone.
On May 10th 2004, the Brigitte Bardot Foundation met President Chirac to request a ban on all products coming from seal hunting (skin, fat, oil…)
Over 30 years of never-ending struggle against this vileness, symbol of ghastly horrors perpetrated all over the world against animals, to review the same unbearable pictures of a universal slaughter... It is nevertheless necessary to speak up and denounce, protest and demonstrate so that one day wisdom may finally take over guilty unawareness of an atrociously destructive human nature.
this has got to stop. And can only be achieved if millions of voices around the world keeps holding up the pressure against the culprits of these kind of massacres. Also bear in mind that maybe one day people armed with not only a voice will stand next to the baby seals to fight these utter retard criminals who enjoy the sound of a cracking skull.
Don't buy or wear ANY fur.
Contact senators, ministers, secretary of state, people involved in animal rights, and ask them to cosponsor Brigitte Bardot's foundation fighting against these senseless and ruthless slaughters.
Christophe De Sloover, Ghent, Belgium
Januray 14th, 2006
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