Sacrificing Seals for Votes in Canada

On the same day that the Canadian government fell and a federal election approaches, the International Fund for Animal Welfare seals team learned that Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans very quietly released the numbers for the 2011 total allowable catch (TAC) of harp seals on the internet, without the usual announcement. On such a busy news day, one can only surmise that DFO is trying to hide the outrageous decision to increase the TAC by 70,000 harp seals to a total of 400,000.

Harp seal pups are under threat from some of the worst ice conditions on record and an increase in the allowable catch is not supported by markets, by conservation science, nor by the majority of Canadians. The only ones who can possibly hope to benefit from an increase in the total allowable catch of seals are the politicians who falsely claim to be helping sealing communities.

Perhaps  Canadian Fisheries Minister Gail Shea believes that authorizing the slaughter of more seals will give the appearance that she is helping sealers and win her votes in the federal election?

Rather than continuing to waste taxpayer dollars at a time when they are so desperately needed, IFAW is calling on the Canadian government to end the commercial seal hunt and to invest in alternatives for sealers and their communities.

--SF


For more information about the International Fund for Animal Welfare efforts to end the Canadian commercial seal hunt and to take action visit: http://www.ifaw.org/seals

Comments: 11

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

BOYCOTT ALL CANADIAN PRODUCTS BOYCOTT FISH PRODUCTS FROM CANADA AND BOYCOTT CANADIAN TOURISM AROUND THE WORLD CANADA IS A BLOOD THRISTY NATION WHO WILL NOT LISTEN

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

There are tree stumps with more intelligence than Gail shea. She has no clue the damage the seal hunt has done to the canadian reputation internationally. Where do these degenerate sealers think they will sell the pelts? I wonder if the pie that was smushed into Gail Shea's face was seal pie

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

[...] the Gulf of St Lawrence mean that few pups are expected to survive their first weeks of life. Sadly, Canada’s Fisheries Minister Gail Shea announced an increased allowable catch of 400,000 this year, assuring that any surviving pups can be slaughtered for their [...]

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I don't get that either!...leave the seals alone!

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Shannon & Maxine--I agree with you 100%!!...I think those that kill those baby seals don't have hearts...they're like machines, but someday they'll face their Maker& that Maker will not be happy!Those killers need psychiatric help--& fast!Gail needs to be out of office,&replaced with someone who has a heart!

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I can't believe how anyone could look into the eyes of an innocent, helpless creature and commit a vile and heartless crime!! It makes me cry just to think of it, i will never understand it!

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

BLOOD FOR VOTES it would take someone with a severe psychiatric disorder

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

[...] Gulf of St Lawrence mean that few pups are expected to survive their first weeks of life. Sadly, Canada’s Fisheries Minister Gail Shea announced an increased allowable catch of 400,000 this year, assuring that any surviving pups can be slaughtered for their [...]

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

after reading this I am ashamed to be Canadian. The massacre NEEDS to stop. We are doing enough to destroy this planet. Why must we kill her innocent inhabitants ?? !!

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

The evil of Gail Shea knows no bounds; to increase the quota to 400,000 seals is unconscionable, disgusting, and totally wrong. Most of us know it is all about votes and that tells the world that Canada's politics are sickening and corrupt. I am so ashamed of Newfoundland and the Canadian government who condone this senseless and unnecessary massacre of sentient mammals. I feel that their day will come in the eyes of God and they will be shunned forever more.

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