Sunday, March 9, 2008

Seal Killing Season Draws Near

Once again, defying international opposition and all standards of human decency, our government is sanctioning the mass killing of helpless baby harp seals.

In the weeks ahead, hundreds of thousands of these animals will be beaten and stabbed with sharp hooks and sometimes even skinned alive -all so someone can wear a coat, a collar, or cuffs made with real baby-seal fur.

Hundreds of thousands of harp seals will be killed in a matter of weeks. Most of them will be less than 3 months old, and many will still be in their first weeks of life. The animals are so young that they will lie on the ice as their attackers approach.

Even if they know that they should flee, their motor skills aren't yet developed enough to do so. They have no chance of escaping to the safety of the water.

The carnage begins as the seals have their heads bashed in with clubs. Still conscious, they will be dragged across the ice with boat hooks. Then these sensitive, intelligent animals will be skinned, sometimes while they are still alive. The sealers will take their fur but leave the seals' bodies on the ice to rot.

Someday soon, Canada will look back on its seal hunt with shame. But until that day comes, it is up to caring people like you to come to the defense of these gentle animals.

How You Can Help

Sign PETA's worldwide petition to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper demanding a permanent end to the annual slaughter of seals.

For more information about the seal slaughter, please check out: Canada's Seal Slaughter

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