MEOW! My name is June Buggie, and I have something to say.
Soon the Canadian Seal Hunt will be gearing up. That means humans will be out looking for little critters that look like this:
And killing them to make things like this:
And yes, it’s baby seals they kill. The ones killed are less than 3 months old and most are one month old or less.
The Canadian government continues to allow and financially support this endeavor, even though a majority of Canadians don’t support the hunt.
Some supporters claim it is because this is the tradition of the First Nations, or Inuit people. Yet the reality is that less than 1% of the seals killed are killed by native peoples. Most are killed by white commercial fishermen from the East Coast.
The practice is supported by both the Canadian and Norwegian governments. The government of Newfoundland and Labrador, while cutting public sector jobs and facing a deficit, is giving a $2 million dollar subsidy to the Carino Company, dealer in seal pelts and seal meat. This after the company failed to pay back a government loan given to them last year. Oh by the way, you DO know some of that seal meat ends up in pet foods, right?
When you consider the cost of icebreaking for the sealing boats, search and rescue, and enforcement of Marine Mammal Regulations, the government pays out more than what the industry brings in. The Canadian government spends a great deal of money trying to open the seal market to other countries. The government of Norway financially supports the Norwegian company that purchases most of the pelts each year.
Do you think government tax dollar should prop up an industry that practices such brutality?
No matter where you live in the world, I ask you to join me in asking the Canadian government to put an end to this cruel practice.
Let 2013 be the year we finally end the killing of innocent seal babies.