Right now, on the ice floes of Eastern Canada, hundreds of thousands of baby seals are about to die.
In just a few short days, seals as young as 12 days of age will be clubbed and beaten to death. The sparkling white Canadian ice floes will soon run red with their blood.
Other seals will be shot down with a rifle in open water, desperately fighting for their lives.
Most seal pups lay on the ice alone and helpless, crying in anguish before they are violently cut down.
Many of them will be left to suffocate under the ice, or be yanked onto boats with sharp metal hooks.
Ninety five percent of the seals killed will be less than three months old.
And some of these baby seals will even be skinned alive; their carcasses left to rot on the now blood stained ice. This hunt is strictly for their fur.
There is no economic or environmental reason to justify Canadaís continuing annual commercial seal hunt. This is a cruel and unnecessary hunt, opposed by the majority of Canadians, and now, by many people the world over.
And this government supported hunt isnít designed to promote science or meaningful employment for Newfoundlanders: by the Canadian governmentís own calculations, this annual seal hunt produces less than one percent of the Newfoundland GDP and, only about $1,000 per seal clubber per year.
A hunt such as this that is so nationally and internationally offensive is of no use to Newfoundland or to Canada.
World-leading marine scientists also agree that the current high quotas for killing seals are putting the harp seal population at serious risk of being depleted Ė forever.
As many seals are killed today as during the 1950s and 60s when commercial sealers significantly reduced the seal population.
What You Can Do
1) Write a Letter to Your Congressmen
The Canadian government still believes that no one cares enough about this seal hunt for them to end it. Prove them wrong. Send a letter to your legislators urging them to call for an immediate end to Canadaís commercial seal hunt before hundreds of thousands more baby seals die a very unnecessary and a very cruel death.
2) Sign the Petition to Prime Minister Harper
As the newly elected Prime Minister of Canada, he has an unparalleled opportunity to put an end to this cruel and inhumane annual slaughter of more than 300,000 seals on the ice floes off Newfoundland and Labrador. A link to this petition is enclosed below.
3) Boycott Canadian Seafood until This Slaughter is Finally Ended
More and more, the citizens of the world are showing their opposition to this seal hunt, as the growing success of the Canadian seafood boycott and the recent bans on seal products in Greenland and Italy show.
Please make a firm commitment to do everything in your power to end this extremely barbaric and economically unnecessary hunt as soon as possible.