Each year, mother harp seals travel for thousands of kilometers from Greenland to Canada in an arduous annual migration to give birth to their pups on the sea ice that forms off Canada's east coast.
But over the past thirty years, there has been a steady decline in sea ice cover in the northwest Atlantic. For the first year on record, virtually no sea ice has formed in key seal birthing areas.The impact on seals will be devastating. Unprecedented numbers of pups may die.
What's worse is that despite this environmental tragedy, the Canadian government has refused to cancel the 2010 commercial seal hunt. Which means the few remaining pups who manage to survive on the tiny pans of ice in the ocean, will be subjected to the largest slaughter of marine mammals on earth.
It will be a slaughter of the survivors.
But you can make a difference for seals right now. Please contact Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and demand that the 2010 commercial seal hunt be cancelled.