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Seals slaughtered in Canada

  • Country's annual seal harvest is underway
  • 69,000 seals harvested in 2012, 366,000 in 2004

Seals are being hunted down and slaughtered right now during Canada’s annual seal harvest.  Why does this have to happen to these beautiful creatures?  Canada claims the market for seal fur is still booming but seal fur was banned in the U.S. In the 1970's, and the European Union just voted to uphold their ban on the sale of seal products .  People around the world have begged Canada to end this senseless slaughter.  These are helpless, gentle animals.  They can't run away from these brutal killers.  Seals less than about 3 weeks old cannot be killed.  Instead, those babies have to watch their mothers be bludgeoned, leaving them to starve to death!  The hunt is at its peak in March and the hunters are actually fishermen so this is not their main source of income so why does it have to happen at all?

In a statement, the Department of Fishing and Oceans told us quote:  “The Government of Canada remains unequivocal in its support for the Canadian sealing industry.  We remain committed to supporting jobs and growth which includes the economic benefits to northern and coastal regions of the country provided by the sealing industry. The Government of Canada supports the sustainable and well-managed seal harvest, which continues to be an economic and cultural activity in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and the Arctic." 

Jane speaks to Christopher Gervais, Founder and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, who has witnessed the Canadian seal harvest. For more information go to or go to to see how you can help. 

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