Humane Society International/Canada condemns the joint decision by the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Nova Scotia government to allow a commercial slaughter of baby seals on Hay Island, part of the protected Scaterie Island wilderness area. The DFO will
allow 2,220 seals to be slaughtered beginning on or around Feb. 8, just
days before the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
"With the Winter Olympics opening on February 12, the eyes of the world are on Canada," said Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of Humane Society International/Canada. "If the seal slaughter goes ahead on Hay Island, Humane Society International will be there to document
it. The world community will be horrified to see baby seals beaten to
death with wooden bats in a nature reserve; this is not the image
Canada should be projecting to the world."
In 2008, Humane Society International/Canada filmed and photographed as sealers herded baby seals into groups, then clubbed moulted pups and cut them open with box cutters just inches away from newborn pups and their mothers.
Record low prices for seal fur in 2009 convinced sealers to forgo the seal slaughter on Hay Island, with the exception of 200 pups that were killed to provide samples to a Newfoundland furrier. While early indications are that prices for seal fur will again be low in 2010, a
number of sealers have indicated interest in clubbing the baby seals on
A boycott of Canadian seafood products was launched in 2005 in the United States and in 2009 in Europe to pressure the Canadian government to end the commercial seal slaughter. To date, more than 5,500 establishments and 650,000 individuals have pledged to avoid some or
all Canadian seafood until the seal slaughter is stopped for good. Nova
Scotia's recent public support of commercial sealing will likely
encourage many more companies to boycott Nova Scotia seafood.
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We, the undersigned ,
Are urgently writing to urge you to stop the Seal Hunt forever.
Millions of People worldwide are outraged and will not longer accept this Massacre. How can we continue to allow this to happen. How is this SPORT?
Thank you for taking the Time to read this Letter.