Most people would agree that there is something terribly wrong with shooting and smashing in the skulls of baby seals, yet despite international outrage, the Canadian government allows sealers to beat and skin hundreds of thousands of these gentle creatures every year. So why is Canada killing seals?
The seal slaughter exists because of the overall demand for fur. During Canada's annual war on seals, sealers routinely hook live seals in the eye, cheek, or mouth to avoid damaging the fur, then they drag the seals across the ice. Many of these gentle creatures may not even have eaten their first solid meal or taken their first swim before they are slaughtered for their skin.
In 2009, the European Union voted to end the sale of seal products, and the U.S. Senate unanimously passed U.S. Senate Resolution 84, calling for an immediate end to the annual seal slaughter. It's time for Canada to wake up! And with the help of caring people like you, we can put an end to the slaughter once and for all.
- There is now overwhelming evidence that this hunt is inherently inhumane;
- The markets for seal products are closing and pelt prices are plummeting;
- Sealing provides very little income to fishermen, and our taxes are being wasted on subsidizing this dying industry;
- Killing seals is not needed to protect fish stocks - even the Department of Fisheries and Oceans admits this.
Thank God the EU ban on Seal Products went through.
Canada will launch a formal protest with the World Trade Organization over a ban on the import of seal products approved by the European Union, International Trade Minister Stockwell Day announced Monday.
The ban, which was approved Monday at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, would be implemented in all 27 EU member countries over the next nine months, in time for Canada's next seal hunt.
Globe & Mail by Eric Reguly
Why Canada persists in supporting sealing is a mystery. Officially, the EU's ban on seal products and the launch of the free trade talks with Canada aren't linked. But Canada needs the trade deal more than the Europeans. Canada would gain free trade and investment access to 500 million EU citizens, against the EU's access to 33 million Canadians.
Canadians like to think of themselves as the peacekeepers of the world, beloved for their civilized ways. The Maple
Canada also keeps promoting the bloody image through its endless defence of the Atlantic harp seal hunt, even though the slaughter makes no political, moral or economic sense. This past spring, when the European Union voted to ban the import of almost all seal products, Canadian politicians and diplomats had yet another pro-sealing spasm. Even before the vote, and as Canada and the EU were launching free trade negotiations, International Trade Minister Stockwell Day vowed to appeal to the World Trade
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Eat Your Heart Out Sarah Palin: Commentary and Editorial by Captain Paul Watson
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The Canadian Governor General doesn't just hunt animals in her spare time, and drape the spoils over the sofa in her office. No, Michaelle Jean guts harp seals with her bare hands and devours their hearts as part of a ceremony of political solidarity with seal hunters:
Seal Ceremony Makes Jean an Arctic Star:
Connect the dots: voodoo, Morgentaler, unjust Afghan war, raw seal heart, etc. Her latest stunt is to pretend that she is interested in the supposedly traditional cultural practices of the primitive Inuit people in Nunavut, one of Canada’s most recently colonized aboriginal groups.She did this by gutting a freshly slaughtered seal, extracting the animal’s bloody heart, and eating a portion of it for the delectation of the globe’s incredulous media outlets. Video clips of this nauseating and embarrassing spectacle are also available here at the CCC BLOG.
I guess her love for Canada does not include wildlife: After swearing the oath of allegiance, Jean rose in the crowded senate Chamber to address her audience and the nation and could barely contain the emotions stirred by the momentous day's events."I am determined that the position I occupy as of today will be more than ever a place where citizens' words will be heard, where the values of respect, tolerance, and sharing that are so essential to me and to all Canadians, will prevail," the Haitian-born Montrealer said, visibly struggling to contain her tears. "Those values, which are paramount for me, are linked inextricably with the Canada I love."
MICHAELLE JEAN: A REPUBLICAN’S DREAM: Governor General of Canada brings disgrace to all civilized Canadians by eating raw seal heart: After the latest stunt from the Governor General of Canada, the Republic is sure to be an issue in the upcoming election. What republic, you ask? Why, the Republic of Canada, of course, which is long overdue.
She's Our Very Own Braveheart! I've never seen an unflattering photo of Michaëlle Jean. She's gorgeous even with seal blood dripping from her lips.