Don't let DFO get away with this!

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is trying to restrict the monitoring of Canada’s commercial seal hunt by giving the Minister of Fisheries even more power to prevent observation of the annual slaughter of harp seal pups.

IFAW monitors Canada's commercial seal hunt each year, documenting the cruelty and sharing the awful truth with the rest of the world. But in order to do this legally, we must apply for a seal hunt observation licence from the Canadian government.

The DFO has now proposed a vaguely-worded amendment to the Marine Mammal Regulations that seems to allow the Minister of Fisheries to use any criteria he considers to be "relevant" in determining whether or not issuing an observer permit might be "disruptive" to the seal hunt.  Further, the government is trying to fast-track these amendments so that they are in place by next March.

Rather than acknowledge the suffering and cruelty of the commercial seal hunt, the Canadian government continues in its attempts to make it more difficult for anyone to see firsthand the suffering and abuse that occurs on Canada's east coast each spring.

Please email the DFO today and tell them that any attempts to obstruct observation of the commercial seal hunt will not be tolerated, and that instead of restricting observation of this slaughter, the Canadian government should be working to END this hunt, which is inhumane, unsustainable, and unnecessary.

More information on the proposed changes is available at:
http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/communic/fish_man/consultations/MMR-RMM_e.htm

Thank you!

Comments: 7

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

THIS IS GREAT NEWS!!! why did this take so long???? the less of you self righteous douchebags out on the ice to take pictures and throw insults at hard working people the better! Why would you want to go and observe the hunt? Why would anyone want to watch seals get smashed? You are sick, very sick people if you are interested in observing a seal hunt. Unless you plan on more on than observation. lets be honest, you are going to insult, impede and harras people earning a living and you want to do it under the guise of an 'observer'. The governemnt is right to keep you away from there, it is awful to see and without doubt will cause people to get emotional. But emotional people should recognise that the hunters are armed, each boat has rifles on it. If someone came to the IFAW and started calling you a monster for while you were at work how long would you put up with it? Consider that the next time you decide to verbally assault a hunter who is holding in his hands the means to shut your mouth (a gun). You probably want to go b/c you feel that your incredible and passionate personal appearance on the ice will make the hunters suddenly see the light, feel the guilt and decide to not smash in a baby seal's head for mittens. It is good that the government is trying to prevent you from goin out there to insult people who are doing a job and harrass them with an authority that you simply dont have. As a group you can really do nothin except complain. It is getting old, no one is giving your cause serious consideration except for other very unimportant people who are sitting far from the decisions that me and my colleagues are making in Ottawa. You people are the whining child in a kindergarten class that everyone else is sick of listening to. All you can do is complain. What actual difference have you made so far? any? at all? If the restrict the amount of 'observers' it will be smoother for everyone involved. There are walls and locked doors to keep the public from walking into a commercial slaughterhouse to 'observe' animals dying. This decision by our very competant government will simply act to provide similar barriers to the horrors of the kikll. It does no one any good to have a bunch of raving retards in a slaughterhouse claiming that the animals have a right to live their lives. It does no more good to allow the same retards on the ice during a seal hunt. There will be lots of seals killed this year, lots, regardless of you being allowed to watch it or not. Get used to it. It will happen again next year, and the next year and the next year because you people have no authority to stop it or the ability to raise awareness about it. I had dismissed the idea of hunt protesters until one of my colleagues showed me this website. This is your last vestige and it is on the internet. It is not in the small towns of the east coast, it is not in the parliament building, and it is certainly not in the minds of Canadians, with the exception of maybe a hundred, but it is easy to find 100 weirdos in any population (there are thousands of people who committ sexual assault each year in Canada even though the rest of the population abhorrs the thought of it. Same with your group, you think your cause is right and just but the rest of society thinks you are completely wrong and useless (like rapists). Thats why Sears and walmart sell seal products, the public accepts it.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

No, sealing isn't a sport to the people who do it, either. If you would deign to hear their opinions on the subject:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wH-2LJ8VLhs

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

I wish they whoud feel it

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

AHEMM.....
i have to say that killing seals isnt a sport.Wow would you like to be wacked on the head for no appearent reason!
well this should STOP!!
this isnt called a sport! Well im very SPEECHLESS!!!!
I cant belive that canada is leting this happen!we HAVE to find a way to stop is!!! Our i would hunt you mother fuckersss down!!!!

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

I have seen the gruesome images of the seal pups being killed. It's not okay, people need to realize that this isn't a sport! What gives those people the right to decide about life and death? To kill them? They are defenseless, and can only hope that these men won't find them. I still can't believe the DFO even lets that slide, let alone give them more power!

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

stop this crime please!

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

I just want to say that I truely am appaled and scared that people are so inhumane. To even consider giving these monsters more power is beyond me. This needs to come to an end, too many innocent seals lives are being taken for no reason. This can all be prevented we just need peoples help :)

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