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harpseal... Yet again.... and again.. the 2009,10,11,12 hunt starts soon

Photograph by Chuck Whitney.




Last year I posted this photo taken here in Maine by a friend of mine, with links to protest the 2005 seal hunt. Last year there was a quota of 300,000 and it was allowed to continue through May. This year it is scheduled to begin at the end of February or early March of 2006 AND YET AGAIN THIS 2007.


Maybe if we start early this year it could help: Here is a list of 11 things people can do in hopes of preventing the hunt. This list comes from the

Humane Society


[Here is the text from the above link, provided by Gini]


To help end the Canadian seal hunt, the largest commercial slaughter of marine mammals in the world, we need your immediate help. Please consider doing one or more of the following actions:


1. Join our boycott of Canadian seafood products. We believe the Canadian government will quickly realize the economic impact of a fisheries boycott is too high a price to pay for the seal hunt. You can start by signing our pledge, which can be found at The HSUS will deliver your pledge to Canada's government so the politicians will know you've joined our international Protect Seals team to end the hunt.


The HSUS is asking restaurants and markets where seafood is sold to boycott Canadian seafood as well. We have already been joined in this effort by caring companies such as Whole Foods Market and Legal Sea Foods in the United States and Marks & Spencer in the United Kingdom. Help us make this boycott a success by asking other businesses, such as Red Lobster, to join in and thanking those who have joined. If you are a restaurant or seafood professional, click here.


2. Contact your senators and ask them to co-sponsor Senator Carl Levin's (D-MI) Senate Resolution 33 condemning Canada's seal hunt. You can find your senators' contact information by using our legislator lookup tool or by calling The HSUS at 202-955-3668.


3. Write, fax, e-mail, or call the nearest Canadian embassy. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you can look up the Canadian embassy in your nation. The contact information for the embassy in Washington, D.C., is below:


The Honourable Frank McKenna

Office of the Ambassador

Canadian Embassy

501 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20001


Fax: 202-682-7701, 202-682-7678

Click here for suggested points to make.


4. Don't vacation in Canada. Consider instead spending your tourist dollars in a nation that does not actively promote the barbaric slaughter of wildlife. Write* to the Canadian Tourism Commission and the Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism Office to explain why you've made this decision.


Canadian Tourism Commission

55 Metcalfe St.

Suite 600

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1P 6L5


E-mail: Use the Contact Us form on Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism

P.O. Box 8700

St. John's, NL Canada A1B 4J6




5. Contact Canada's Prime Minister, Paul Martin. See our sample letter to Martin for ideas on how to draft your own correspondence. But remember that the more unique your letter is, the more impact it will have.* Stephen Harper is the new Prime Minister


Prime Minister's Office

Right Honorable Stephen Harper

Office of the Prime Minister

80 Wellington St. Ottawa

Ontario, Canada K1A OA2


Fax: 613-941-6900



6. Tell Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans that the world knows the truth about the cruelty of the seal hunt and wants it shut down for good.*


The Hon. Geoff Regan, P.C., M.P.

Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Parliament Hill

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A6

613-996-3085 or 613-992-3474

Fax: 613-996-6988



7. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper protesting the seal hunt. Click here for suggested points you can make.


8. Support The HSUS's efforts to stop Canada's slaughter of seals.


9. Wear our seal apparel, and tell everyone why you're wearing it.


For warm weather, we've got two options. The first is the ever-popular "Club Sandwiches Not Seals" polo shirt. Secondly, The HSUS has collaborated with Wildlife Works, the wildlife conservation-driven apparel company, to create a line of shirts that tell the world to "Do Something" to protect seals. For each shirt sold on this web site, $10 goes to the Protect Seals campaign.


And to help you make the statement in cooler weather, The HSUS has created the "Club Sandwiches Not Seals" sweatshirt and the "Save Seals" mittens for men and women.


10. Ask the designers who use seal fur and skin to stop providing a financial incentive for the seal hunt.


11. Tell everyone you know about the seal hunt, and ask them to sign our pledge to boycott Canadian seafood and contact the Canadian government to demand the hunt stop. One way to spread the word is to download a PDF of our Protect Seals brochure and leave copies in public places.


*If you live in the United States and would like to know what it will cost to mail a letter to an address in Canada (or any other nation), go to this page on the U.S. Postal Service's web site.

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Taken on February 21, 2005