Canadian Grey Seal Slaughter Opens With Increased Quota of 60,000

A juvenile grey seal.

Well, I guess it wasn't totally unexpected. We knew that the commercial hunt for grey seal pups on Hay Island, Nova Scotia, could happen at any time. And sadly, this morning it was made official - the Hay Island seal hunt is set to open today, with a quota of 1900 seal pups.

The most outrageous part of today's announcement is that it occurs mere days after the I Love Nova Scotia celebrations, where literally hundreds of people approached IFAW and let them know of their love for seals and their desire to see them protected rather than killed.  We were overwhelmed by the number of people who approached us for photos, saying they were against the seal hunt and that it was an embarrassment to Canada and to Atlantic Canadians. Unfortunately, this blemish on Nova Scotia's otherwise wonderful reputation seems set to continue.

The overall quota for grey seals has been increased to 60,000 animals - which would represent a shocking 80% of the pups born this year!  With markets for seal products rapidly dwindling this quota seems absolutlely ludicrous - no doubt a political gesture in attempt to win fishermen's votes in the next election.

Please take action and let the Nova Scotia Minister of Tourism, Percy Paris, know that you think the Nova Scotia seal pup slaughter should be stopped. Grey seals are far more valuable left alive as an attraction for Nova Scotian residents and tourists than they are dead, to be turned into trinkets and toys.

Comments: 20

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

6,000 people [and I use the term loosely] have sealing licenses in Canada. Those 6,000 will take in less than $2,000 each -- on the high end -- for several weeks worth of grotesque, maniacal, frenzied bloodletting. The rest of the Canadian people who live outside the Eastern provinces are forced to pay these scumbags 10 million dollars in govt subsidies -- PER YEAR. The money is doled out as no interest giveaways [not loans] to any sealer wanting to update their "equipment", purchase new boats, or use it to buy booze and cigarettes. The Coast Guard is paid for aerial recon in spotting seal herds, to "protect" sealers on the ice [including from the cameras of AR groups before Canada outlawed filming the killing fields] and rescue the idiots when necessary.

In the end, millions of seal pelts are brought to govt warehouses, stockpiled and regularly BURNED or BURIED IN LANDFILLS. A vile, obscene, reprehensible crime against nature. There is NO market for seal products...be it pelts, oil, meat, or "heart valves". A large chunk of taxpayer money goes to those who waste millions attempting to CREATE a market for seal products by traveling the world trying to find someone willing to take their "goods". The DFO chose China to target because they know the animal rights movement there is in its infancy and Asian countries have a reputation for perpetrating some of the most heinous forms of animal torture -- beating and boiling animals alive, cutting bears open and milking their bile, decapitating living monkeys to eat their brains, starving tigers to death for wine, etc.

Stephen Harper [George Dubya's clone] fully supports this yearly mass speciescide, and as long as he sees fit to continue sanctioning annual $10 million giveaways to prop up a bunch of lazy morons who are happy to continue sucking off the welfare teat of their fellow Canadians, instead of utilizing free govt training programs available to them on the East coast, to obtain real jobs in wind technology and other environmentally friendly industries, the slaughter will continue. The catastrophic changes in climate conditions we are witnessing the world over -- no sea ice to support seal nurseries and dwindling food supplies for pinnipeds and other marine mammals -- will eventually do what that portion of our compassionate population could not. Put an end to man's orgy of murderous evil.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

[...] thanks to IFAW’s AnimalWire blog for permission to republish this post, which appeared on their site on Feb. 22, 2011. [...]

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

This is exactly what this is. Murder. It should e an honor to look at these beautiful stunning animals and I still cannot believe this horror is allowed to go on. You would go to jail if this was a human being. It should be the same for these innocent defensless animals. This world is as much theirs as it is ours. I have lost my respect for Human beings. They will get their day and I can't wait.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

The humans should pay with their blood!

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I think the more we go after Canada's officials the more defensive they get. We have to find another way of making them not allowing baby seal hunt anymore. Maybe the Queen of England has to do something about it or another solution because what we currently are doing is like screaming at a wall. We have to unite all of us as one for front to solve this problem.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Hi Hester - Our apologies, the link is in the text that starts "Please take action..." - We appreciate your support and will do our best to make these sorts of things more clear in the future. - J.C. - IFAW

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

" At the bottom of Sheyl's post, there is a link to the Action Center on IFAW.org where you can tell the Percy Paris, the minister of tourism for Nova Scotia how you feel."

Can't find it, can it be more prominent somewere or/and in more places please?
You lose a lot of supporters like this who want to write to Percy Paris!
Try not to make it so hard to find, people have to see it immediately!!!!

Thank you !

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Canada is ruled by a Queen? These (expletive deleted) people ought to be ashamed of themselves- Why doesn't she get off her throne and do something to stop this!= You people make me sick!! Murderers!

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Sheryl, are you coordinating any demos in cities across Canada? I met you when you were here with Sen. Harb a few years ago but have lost my seal demo contacts. The only demo I've seen promoted so far is in LA in March.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

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