End the Canadian Seal Slaughter With A Federal Buyout

Our Protect Seals Team captured footage of newborn baby harp seals in their nursery in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. These seal pups are protected for now, but in just a few days they will shed their white fur and become an open target for sealers. Take action now to end the slaughter for good.

BREAKING: The Canadian government has announced a quota of 400,000 harp seals for this year's seal slaughter. Instead of moving forward with a federal buyout that Canadians -- including many sealers -- agree on, the Canadian government is moving backwards by setting a reckless quota for the hunt.

The concept of a federal buyout is simple: rather than wasting tax money on a hunt with no market, the Canadian government can actually save money by offering to pay sealers a fair dollar amount to give up their license to kill.

Veterinarians say Canada’s commercial seal slaughter is inherently inhumane and nations are taking action by banning trade in seal products. Yet the Canadian government still authorizes the cruel slaughter of hundreds of thousands of seals each year -- even using government funds to finance the purchase of seal pelts.

Each year, our team witnesses conscious, wounded baby seals left to suffer in agony -- impaled on metal hooks, dragged across the ice, and cut open -- all for their pelts to be stockpiled in a warehouse. Even Newfoundland sealers with an opinion support a federal sealing industry buyout. With this plan, the seal slaughter would end, sealers would receive financial compensation, and economic alternatives would be developed.


Please ask Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to end the slaughter once and for all with a federal sealing industry buyout.

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Dear Prime Minister Harper and Honourable Ministers,

I am writing to ask for your help to end the Canadian commercial seal slaughter by implementing a federal buyout of sealing licenses.

Veterinarians say Canada's commercial seal hunt is inherently inhumane because of the harsh, remote environment in which it occurs and the speed at which it must be conducted.

Not surprisingly, each year, horrible suffering is documented during the slaughter. Conscious, wounded baby seals are left to suffer in agony and impaled on metal hooks, dragged across the ice and cut open. Seal pups that have been shot and injured escape into the water where they die slowly and are never recovered.

Please help move Canada beyond commercial sealing by supporting a federal sealing industry buyout. Thank you for your consideration.

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