The Inuit people of Canada are not involved in the commercial seal slaughter
It’s that time of year again for Canadian taxpayers to help foot the bill for the commercial seal hunt. Over $20 million in government subsidies have been provided to the Canadian sealing industry during the period from 1995 to 2001.
Over the past 10 years, nearly half of the seal pup population has been savagely slaughtered by commercial sealers. The seal population is already threatened by global warming.
As the ice cover rapidly disappears, they are facing devastating rates of natural mortalities.
The Government of Canada is wasting $10 million more to appeal to the WTO, challenging the decisions of foreign governments who have shut their doors to Canadian seal products. With fewer than 500 fishermen, out of the usual 6,000 taking part in the 2011 hunt, the time to end the slaughter is now.
Despite decades of effort, all of the tax dollars spent, all of the aggressive lobbying efforts, all of the meetings with representatives of foreign governments, and all of the photo ops in sealskin vests, the sealing industry is dead.
Nearly all major international markets are shut to Canadian seal products and this includes the 27-country European Union.
A deal to sell seal meat to China is in diplomatic and bureaucratic limbo and international opposition to the hunt has virtually eliminated fur demand.
We aren’t living in the dark ages. We don’t need to commercially slaughter seals. It’s time the government stops funding a cruel, obsolete and useless industry.
The Inuit people of Canada are not involved in the commercial seal hunt.
Canada Seal Hunt Opens
Canada’s seal hunt opened Tuesday in eastern Canada, according to satirist Bill Maher, who has asked his Twitter followers to donate to The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to fight the slaughter. Most animals killed are harp seals under the age of three months, when the coats are still the highly desired white color. HSUS stated that “hundreds of thousands” of the baby seals have been killed in previous legal seal hunts.
The seal advocacy website Harpseals.org confirmed that Canada’s seal hunt had opened at 6 am Tuesday morning.
The struggling fur industry is now heavily subsidized by the Canadian government. Last month, economically challenged Newfoundland and Labrador provinces announced that they would provide $3.6 million in subsidies for the 2013 hunt.
But not everyone agrees that Canada’s seal hunt is a bad idea. Some Canadians say that hunting seals is a traditional way of providing fur and meat in lands where growing vegetable food and fiber is impossible. For instance, vegetarian Justin Beach has said that seal-hunting families are following a long tradition. He also noted the outrageous cost of shipping groceries to the poor, remote region by airplane, which makes the extra meat and the extra income from the fur look attractive.
Other people have said that, in some areas, seals that aren’t hunted multiply too fast and create a population problem. Last year, a Swedish fishermen’s group proposed a plan to hunt 40,000 seals, which they said have become so numerous that they destroy nets in order to feast on the fish trapped there.
Source. The Inquisitr
Editorial: SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras
Gustavo López Ospina
Pieter Jan Brouwer
Assistant: Emilia Romero
The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice is associated with the International Environmental Mission, a grass roots citizens movement created by Chilean Senator Juan Pablo Letelier.
SELVA Vida Sin Fronteras acknowledges Kevin Schafer’s important contribution towards protecting the highly endangered Amazon pink fresh water dolphin. Title photographs of our “The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice” were taken by Mr. Schafer.