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End the Canadian seal slaughter for good

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Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

I am writing to ask for your help in ending the Atlantic Canadian commercial seal slaughter.

Every year, horrible suffering occurs during the slaughter, including conscious, wounded baby seals left to suffer in agony, impaled on metal hooks, dragged across the ice and cut open. Seal pups that have been shot and injured often escape into the water, where they die slowly and are never recovered. Veterinarians say the harsh, remote physical environment in which the slaughter occurs prevents effective application of humane killing methods, making the commercial seal hunt inherently inhumane.

More than 36 countries, including the United States, the European Union nations, Russia and Switzerland have banned commercial, non-aboriginal trade in seal products. The Atlantic Canadian commercial seal slaughter continues today because of the federal and provincial subsidies the industry receives. Yet polls consistently show the majority of Canadians support ending the commercial seal hunt and providing a fair transition program to sealers. Polling in past years has even revealed broad support for a sealing industry buyout among commercial sealers in Newfoundland.

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