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.
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