2005 - Updated April 2006
LGVN Animals - Seal Hunt
and Information on the Canadian Seal Slaughter...
As the notorious
seal slaughter got underway again in 2006, protests around the world
continue in an attempt to stop the completely unnecessary killing
of hundreds of thousands of seals on the ice floes around Canada.
harp seals are being clubbed or shot to death this year alone. 96%
of them are pups less than 3 months old, and many are skinned alive.
While Paul McCartney visited the ice floes to air his own views
over the hunt, other protests around the world have continued to
raise awareness about the cruel and unnecessary killings by Canadian
hunters. Protesters are now calling on boycotts of Canadian products.
In London's Trafalgar Square a 10ft ice scuplture was unveiled by
the International Fund for Animal Welfare to help raise awareness
about the seal hunt.
In the meantime
other conservation organisations continue with their efforts to
try and stop the mass slaughter of infant seals with clubs and picks.
the seal hunt of 2005, conservationists were beaten and threatened
by seal hunters.
from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society were allegedly attacked
by men with clubs on 1st April 2005 in the Gulf of St Lawrence.
It was alleged that members of Sea Shepherd where filming the killing
of seal pups on the ice floes when hunters attempted to grab their
video cameras while two of their female members were repeatedly
punched in the stomach. Dr Jerry Vlasak, also from the organisation
was severely injured in the face while other crew members were also
allegedly attacked with a "hac-a-pick", a deadly club with a hook
used to beat and drag the seals.
A sealer swings his hak-a-pik toward volunteer, Ian Robichaud, who
was taking a photograph.
As the eleven Sea Shepherd members tried to return to their boat
called The Farley Mowat, events took a bizarre turn as a Canadian
Coast Guard helicopter landed and arrested them.
included Dr. Jerry Vlasak, Lisa Moises, John Batchelor, Adrian Haley
and Ian Robichaud.
the only Canadian of the eleven, was released early and returned
to the Farley Mowat courtesy of a helicopter provided the Humane
Society of the United States (HSUS). The other crew arrested were
from the United States, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany
and Sweden, and were finally freed the next day.
Several of the crew members who were assaulted had filed complaints
with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which include claims of
assault, battery, and assault with a deadly weapon by the sealers.
Rendell Genge, the Captain of the sealing ship Brady Mariner claimed
he and his men were attacked first in the incident. However the
entire assault was fully captured on two different video cameras
by Sea Shepherd, which they believe will easily prove their innocence.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society also filmed further evidence of
assault by another sealing boat, the L.J.Kennedy. The pictures show
slanderous gestures, including indecent exposure of genitals and
simulated masturbation by members of the crew.
on board the L.J. Kennedy drop his pants and allegedly simulates
while making rude remarks to female crewmembers of the Farley Mowat.
incidents, a film crew from The IFAW (International Fund for Animal
Welfare) were also assaulted by seal hunters. Rebecca Aldworth of
the HSUS writes in her journal of the Seal Hunt: "Suddenly,
I hear a shout from ahead and see a sealer running after the (our)
first team's ice guide with a hakapik. The sealer is only a few
feet away from him, grabbing for his camera, blocking him from moving
away with his hakapik. I yell out and begin to run towards them,
slipping over the ice as I go. Suddenly, the sealer notices me coming
and changes direction. He runs right at me until he is just feet
away, his hakapik held high—the metal spike intimidating as he swings
it around and around."
facts about seal hunting and fur in fashion...
Harp seals gather together to give birth on the ice floes off the
Canadian Atlantic coastline of Quebec, Labrador and Newfoundland.
In just the first few weeks of last year's hunt season 70,000 harp
seal pups had already been clubbed to death, leading to over one
million seals being slaughtered over the next three years. In 2005,
300,000 seal pups were being killed, the largest cull since 1970.
A further 300,000 are being killed in 2006. This slaughter is taking
place regardless of conversationalists concern that such a massive
cull will seriously under-populate seal numbers, which could lead
them to extinction. It is estimated that there are only 6 million
seals left from a previous population of around 50 million.
In a bizarre attempt to justify such high density killings, the
Canadian Government and its fishing industry blame the huge decline
in cod stocks on the seals, saying that they eat them all! This
claim is of course a massive distortion of the truth. The reality
is that 60 years ago, fishing grounds off the east cost of Canada
were teaming with cod. Then in the 1950's newly designed trawlers
with huge nets could scoop as much as 200 tons of fish an hour -
far outweighing the the cod's ability to reproduce and maintain
a stable population over the coming decades. Now, with satellite
tracking systems to find the remaining shoals, even the few cod
that are left stand no chance of escaping the fishermen's trawl
nets, which not only catch the fish but plough up ocean beds, destroying
delicate ecosystems in their path.
While humans have almost wiped out fish stocks from the sea, research
shows that cod only makes up around 3 percent of a seal's diet.
Even ninety-seven world scientists have signed a petition confirming
that there is no evidence whatsoever that seals are responsible
for decline fish stocks. The truth as to why sealing is rife again
is simply down to their fur... and Canadians are making fortunes
from from it.
five years ago there were global protests against the barbaric treatment
of young seals, bludgeoned and skinned alive to provide fur for
so-called fashionable coats. By the 1990s, fur in fashion was considered
simply revolting by the then young generation of fashion followers
- it seemed that the world was finally coming to its senses. But
post-millennium trends seemed to twist compassion-in-fashion on
its head. By 2004, the seal massacre was back with vengeance in
an attempt to keep up with a shocking new demand for fur. In 2005
fashion designers and clothing retailers continued to promote fur
amongst a younger generation who claim that "moral objections are
Finally, in 2006 figures reveal that Canada is earning 16.5 million
dollars in commercial seal meat and pelts each year. This is the
main reason such a barbaric act is taking place.
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To find more
ways to protest to the Canadian Government about the seal killings
and read more about this issue visit the following organisations:
(Sea Shepherd Conservation)
(sign the pledge to protect seals)
For more about
the resurgence of fur in fashion go the Looking-Glass mini-site:
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