Animal Advocates Across Canada Say Enough is Enough!
Today is traditionally the International Day of Action against seal hunting. But since seal advocates are a flexible bunch, events are being held throughout the entire month of March in opposition to the cruel and unnecessary commercial seal hunts taking place in Canada and Namibia. Demonstrations are taking place all across Canada - and around the world - as animal advocates come together to say enough is enough, and to encourage an end to commercial sealing.
This past Saturday, IFAW held an event in Toronto, Canada, with Sparky our giant inflatable seal. Canadians are expecting a federal election this spring, so what better time to encourage people to contact their Member of Parliament and let them know they are opposed to the slaughter of seal pups that is about to take place in a few short weeks! Although the weather was gloomy, Sparky received a warm reception and thousands of action cards and petition signatures were gathered in a few short hours.
But we must do more. This year, Canada's commercial seal hunt is set to take place under the most dire circumstances:
The ice conditions on Canada's east coast are among the worst on record.
Seal pup deaths due to a lack of ice are expected to be high.
To add insult to injury, the Minister of Fisheries is expected to announce an increase in the allowable catch for this year - despite the fact that there appears to be little market demand for seal products!
Authorizing such a high allowable catch in a year where few pups are expected to survive is risky and irresponsible.
Given the lack of demand for seal products, there is absolutely no justification for an increased quota. In fact, sealers called last year's quota increase "a little stupid".
Increasing the allowable catch yet again is irresponsible and shortsighted, but there is a federal election looming on the horizon.
Mnister Shea - who only won her seat by a harrowingly narrow 50 votes in the last election - must believe that increasing the allowable catch for seals will help her to win her seat in the next election.
Minister Shea is thinking only about herself.
What about Canadians?
What about the Canadian taxpayers, who support the seal slaughter to the tune of millions of dollars each year with their taxes?
What about the Canadian industries like tourism and other fisheries that are being harmed as a result of the public outcry against the seal hunt? What about the trade negotiations that could be jeopardized as a result of this practice? What about our good reputation that is being tarnished on the international stage as a result of this unnecessary and economically nonviable industry?
And what about the seals?
We need Canadians all across Canada to speak out on this day of action for seals.
Canadians can take action and let their Member of Parliament know they are opposed to the cruel and unnecessary slaughter of seal pups. We don't want to support it witih our taxes, and we don't want to support it with our vote.
And as a possible federal election draws near, please take the time to remind your candidates that that support for ending the commercial seal hunt that will get your vote.