Busting Seal Hunt Myths

Help save the seals!

For years the Government of Canada and commercial seal hunting organizations have spread misinformation about the East Coast commercial seal hunt. For example:

Myth: Clubbing seals is illegal in Canada.

Fact: Seals off the east coast are both clubbed and shot. Neither method is humane. Veterinary reports state that many seals hunted off the East Coast suffer a great deal prior to death.

This video separates fact from fiction:

Myth: The East Coast seal hunt only targets adult seals.

Fact: 98% of the seals killed are pups between 3 weeks and 3 months. Seals at that age haven’t yet learned to swim. They’ve just been weaned from their mothers, and are alone and helpless.

Myth: Sealing makes up a large part of a fisherman’s income.

Fact: Between 2010 and 2015, a sealer earned an average of $1,692 from the seal hunt.

Myth: The harp seal population is just too big. Too many seals means the cod stocks can’t recover.

Fact: Cod make up only 1% of harp seals’ diet.

Tell Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stop the seal hunts.

A quick note from you today can help save seals. We have prepared a template email for you to send as is, or with your own respectful comments.

Take action to save seals

For years the Government of Canada and commercial seal hunting organizations have spread misinformation about the East Coast commercial seal hunt. For example:

Myth: Clubbing seals is illegal in Canada.

Fact: Seals off the east coast are both clubbed and shot. Neither method is humane. Veterinary reports state that many seals hunted off the East Coast suffer a great deal prior to death.

This video separates fact from fiction:

Myth: The East Coast seal hunt only targets adult seals.

Fact: 98% of the seals killed are pups between 3 weeks and 3 months. Seals at that age haven’t yet learned to swim. They’ve just been weaned from their mothers, and are alone and helpless.

Myth: Sealing makes up a large part of a fisherman’s income.

Fact: Between 2010 and 2015, a sealer earned an average of $1,692 from the seal hunt.

Myth: The harp seal population is just too big. Too many seals means the cod stocks can’t recover.

Fact: Cod make up only 1% of harp seals’ diet.

Tell Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stop the seal hunts.

A quick note from you today can help save seals. We have prepared a template email for you to send as is, or with your own respectful comments.


Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada

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