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Harpseals.org News Alert

March 8, 2010


Protest against the seal 'hunt'
Protest against the seal 'hunt', Los Angeles


Dear lauren, This is the time of year when the newborn harp seals enjoy their first days with their mothers in the pristine, icy nurseries of eastern Canada.

It's also the time of year when Canadian fishermen get ready to beat and shoot them to death for their fur. Many are killed before they have even learned how to swim.

Last year, the European Union banned all seal product imports, which had a profound effect on the number of seals killed. Over 70,000 seal pups suffered and died in the 2009 massacre, but this was far less than the quota (about 280,000).



Harp seal on thin ice

Harp seal pup on thin ice (c) HSUS

This year, as in several recent years, the seal pups have another threat to contend with: the lack of sea ice. Harp seal mothers give birth to their pups on solid sea ice, since the pups do not know how to swim when they are born. This year appears to be even worse than 2007, when most seal pups in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence drowned before they could learn how to swim.

There has been some good news for seals in Canada. The grey seal 'hunt' scheduled for February on Hay Island in Nova Scotia, which would have resulted in the brutal deaths of over 2,000 baby grey seals, was cancelled. This was due to the failure of the Canadian government and the sealers to find a buyer for the pelts.

Mid-March is the traditional time to take to the streets in protest of the seal slaughter. This year, groups will join together all over the U.S. and in other countries to voice their opposition to the seal 'hunt' and educate others in their communities who may not yet be aware of this tragedy. Please join events near you or organize your own events. Though March 15th is the traditional Day of Action, the seals need you to keep the pressure on week after week and month after month.

Please also take a moment to send emails to Canada's politicians, who hold the seals' fate in their hands.

Together, we can end the slaughter once and for all.


Thank you for caring.

For the seals,

Diana Marmorstein, Ph.D.



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