It's time for Canada's commercial seal hunt to end.
Every spring, seal pups between 3 weeks and 3 months of age are brutally shot, clubbed and skinned. Their carcasses are left to rot on the ice or dumped into the ocean.
Seals are dying needlessly for an industry that wouldn't exist but for government subsidies. Most of the world no longer needs or wants seals products. Still the killing continues.
Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has a historic opportunity to end the commercial seal hunt once and for all.
Please take action today to save seals.
Tell Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic LeBlanc to develop a plan to buy out commercial sealing licenses, and end the commercial seal hunt now.
A quick note from you today can help save seals.
Dear Prime Minister and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans,
It's time to end the commercial, non-aboriginal seal hunt in Canada. Since 1996, this industry has received over $50 million dollars in government funding, and continues to require financial support to operate today.
The world has said "no" to seal products, and 35 countries have already banned them. The world doesn't need seal products, and Canada doesn't need a commercial seal hunt.
Canada can do better. I am calling on you to buy out sealing licenses, and provide real support for fishermen and communities in rural Newfoundland and Labrador.
I'm not alone in my opinion: 75% of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians agree that it's time to help sealers transition into other employment.
Support for fishermen and rural communities should not be dependent on the continuation of the commercial seal hunt.
The previous government left sealers high and dry as markets for seal products disappeared. It's time for a change. It's time to stop propping up this dying industry, and help communities share in Canada's bright future.