Friday, April 14, 2017

The seal slaughter continues—do more to stop it


Posted By: PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (campaign leader)

This week, the ice floes off Canada's Atlantic coast run red with the blood of thousands of harp seals, many not even a month old. Commercial sealers shoot the helpless seal pups with guns or bludgeon them with "hakapiks"—clubs with a metal hook on one end. The pitiful cries of the pups and the sickening thud of clubs hitting soft skulls echo across the ice amid the obscenities and threats shouted by sealers.

While some sealers claim that their killing methods are somehow "humane," veterinarians have confirmed that seals may be still alive and still capable of feeling pain as their skin is torn off.

Your support can help stop more seals from dying.

As Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, a dark stain lingers on the country's reputation: the bloody annual seal slaughter.

Thirty-five countries—including the U.S., Russia, and the members of the European Union—have now banned the sale of seal products, and more nations follow suit each year. In fact, Switzerland banned the importation of seal products just last month. Demand for the skins of seals is at an all-time low, and processors have even admitted to stockpiling pelts. But the Canadian government actively subsidizes the slaughter with millions in taxpayer dollars.

You may be wondering, "Why?" Why devote so many resources to propping up a dying industry that causes so much fear and suffering? The answer is stomach-churningly simple: Canada's politicians crave votes in Newfoundland, where the slaughter takes place.

Make a generous tax-deductable gift to PETA today, and we'll use your contribution to keep the pressure on Canadian officials to END the seal slaughter—and do more to save the skins of all animals.

Thanks to action from caring people like you, progress is being made.

The Canadian province of Quebec—where sealers have been lobbying to start a commercial hunt of grey seals—recently rejected a proposal to slaughter more than 1,000 seals under the pretext of "scientific research".

It builds on decades of determined opposition to the slaughter. PETA's work has helped drive so many countries to reject seal products that Canada's cruel industry has been desperately seeking new customers for years—and coming up short every time.

Every day, more and more people are speaking out against the massacre. PETA is committed to amplifying these compassionate voices—from celebrities like Pamela Anderson and Sarah McLachlan to everyday people like you and me—for as long as it takes to end this cruelty. Today, we are closer than ever to achieving that victory.

Please, help us get there. Make a gift to PETA today and help protect seals and all animals from suffering and death.

Thank you so much for your support and for doing all you can to protect Canada's seals from harm.

Kind regards,
Danielle Katz 
Associate Director of Campaigns




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