Canadian Seals Suffer

Seals need our help in Canada.

Seals need our help in Canada.

Canada’s annual seal slaughter has begun during which baby seals are clubbed to death for their fur. Should fashion trump the life of infant animals? Of any animal?

It is not just the suffering of those who are clubbed to death that stains this annual hunt with the blood of inhumanity. For those baby seals who survive often starve to death when their mothers are killed. Also, according to investigating animal welfare groups, many baby and adult seals are not killed instantaneously by hunters; these animals are then typically beaten repeatedly or are skinned alive.

Please contact the Canadian government requesting an end to this inhumane practice, which contributes to incomprehensible suffering for sentient creatures.

The Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Canada
E-mail: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/contactpm

The Honourable Gail Shea
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Room 556, Confederation Building
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Canada
E-mail: gail.shea@parl.gc.ca

The Honourable John Baird
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2249 Carling Ave., Suite 418
Ottawa, Ontario K2B 7E9
Canada
Email: bairdj@parl.gc.ca

The Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade
Room 105, East Block
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Canada
E-mail: ed.fast@parl.gc.ca

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Saving Lives in Canada

The city of Kingston, Ontario only allows the sale of dogs, cats, and kittens in pet stores if they've been rescued from shelters or other animal welfare groups.

The city of Kingston, Ontario only allows the sale of dogs, cats, and kittens in pet stores if they’ve been rescued from shelters or other animal welfare groups.

PawsUpPaws Up!
To the City of Kingston, Ontario, Canada for banning the sale of cats, dogs, and rabbits in commercial pet stores.

According to a news story, “The city is moving ahead with a new bylaw to ban the sale of unsourced cats, dogs and rabbits in commercial pet stores. It would make Kingston only the third Ontario city to enact such a ban.”

Pet stores will be allowed to sell cats, dogs, and rabbits that are spayed/neutered and come from animal shelters and rescue groups.

Many animals sold in pet stores come from commercial breeding operations, also known as puppy mills. As more communities realize that purchasing animals from puppy mills is inhumane, more pet stores will support adoptions of animals from shelters and rescue groups. It’s a win for all the animals whose lives might otherwise have been lost.

Take Action: Residents of Kingston, contact your mayor and city council members and thank them for their actions. Residents of other communities, find out what plans your representatives have for protecting the animals in your community.

Travel Article Should not Glorify Killing

Trapping wild animals like this marmot for the fur trade is simply barbaric!

Trapping wild animals like this marmot for the fur trade is simply barbaric!

Glorifying fur trapping is barbaric. Few would expect, therefore, to find an article in a travel magazine that does just that. AFAR Magazine recently published a story on Quebec City by travel journalist Jennifer Kahn in which she glorifies fur trapping and marvels at pelts from beavers, wolves, ermines, and lynx.

Millions of animals are trapped and killed each year for their skins and fur—animals sacrificed so their bodies can be used as fashion statements. No animal should be sacrificed for fashion.

Trappers use one of three types of traps: the most popular is the steel-jaw leghold trap, but the Conibear® and snare traps are also used. Not one of these trapping methods is considered humane; not one of them instantly kills the trapped animal; and not one of these traps should still be used in today’s society. Animals caught in any of these traps are ensnared in excruciating pain until the trapper returns to bludgeon, suffocate, or shoot the animal before skinning him or her.

Hours could pass, or days, or sometimes even weeks before a trapper returns to check the traps. Many times, the entangled animals die from exposure to extreme weather, predation, or starvation. Desperate, panicking animals have been known to break bones, including legs, backs, and necks trying to escape. Some—particularly mothers—attempt to chew off their legs in an attempt to return home to their babies.

Please send a polite note to the magazine expressing your concern about their carrying a story that glorifies the killing of animals for fashion. Suggest, instead, they carry stories of wild animals in their natural setting as that is the humane way to enjoy the coats of beavers, wolves, ermines, lynx, and other fur-bearing animals.

Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio, Executive Vice President
Bryan Kinkade, Vice President
AFAR Magazine
25 W. 45th St, Suite 1208
New York, NY 10036
Tele. No.: 646-430-9880
Fax: 212-382-3559
E-mail: ellen@afar.com
E-mail: bryan@afar.com

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Bluefin Tuna Need Protection

The giant schools of tuna that once populated the oceans are rapidly disappearing

The giant schools of tuna that once populated the oceans are rapidly disappearing

Threatened by climate change, overfishing, and pollution, bluefin tuna need protection in order to recover to healthy levels. Write the Canadian ministers of Environment and Fisheries and Oceans requesting they act now to protect bluefin tuna under the Species at Risk Act. Any delay further compromises the integrity of this long-lived giant ocean predator.

The Honourable Peter Kent
Minister of the Environment
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
10 Wellington Street, 28th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0H3
Canada

The Honourable Keith Ashfield
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
200 Kent Street
13th Floor, Station 13E228
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E6
Canada

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Will Canada end seal hunting?

Seal clubbing is anathema to a humane and civilized people.

Canada has the opportunity to end commercial seal slaughter today. Canadian senator Mac Harb has introduced S 210, an Act to Amend the Fisheries Act (commercial seal fishing). This bill would disallow the issuance of commercial licenses for seal fishing except for those issued to aboriginal organizations or to persons who have a claims agreement.

With markets declining in both Europe and Russia, the price of seal pelts has decreased and the commercial industry is worth only a fraction of what it once was. While those are economic reasons for ending the commercial slaughter of Canadian seals, the humane reasons should not be overlooked. Thousands of baby seals are clubbed to death annually. Such slaughter should never be condoned. Hunting, for other than subsistence reasons , is anathema to a humane and civilized people.

Canadian citizens, please contact you legislators and let them know you support Senator Harb’s bill, S 210. Readers not in Canada should also contact legislators to make them aware that anti-seal hunting sentiments are worldwide.

Elephants to Find New Home

Elephants do not deserve to be in captivity.

Paws Up!

To the Calgary Zoo for announcing plans to relocate its endangered Asian elephants.

According to a news story, “Zoo President Dr. Clement Lanthier says ‘The decision is all about animal welfare.’ ‘It was based on a growing acceptance and understanding of the importance of the social structure in elephant herds and the knowledge that their welfare is better served by being part of a large social group.’”

NHES opposes zoo elephant exhibits in which the elephants have insufficient space for roaming and foraging since elephants typically roam 10 miles a day over ranges measuring hundreds of square miles. In addition, some exhibits have elephants residing on hard ground and cement surfaces, contributing substantially to painful foot and leg ailments. Foot disease is a common cause of death in captive elephants. Elephants in some exhibits endure conditions that induce psychological and emotional suffering; for instance, living in isolation for extended periods of time. They suffer from the inability to partake in natural behaviors, like forming family groups and may develop stereotypies, such as swaying or patterned walking, which are considered symptoms of psychological distress. Frequently, elephants are forced to live in climates that do not replicate their natural environment, causing them additional undue stress.

Take action: Canadian residents, please send a note of thanks to the president of the Calgary Zoo. If a zoo in your community has an elephant exhibit which limits the elephants in enjoying their true nature, contact the director and let him or her know of your desire to see the elephants moved to an appropriate sanctuary.

Dr. Clement Lanthier
President
Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden & Prehistoric Park
1300 Zoo Road NE
Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2E 7V6

Source:
The Calgary Herald

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Save the Seals

Help save this seal.

The annual Canadian seal hunt is set to begin in a few weeks. Maybe this year, Canadian officials will speak out in protest and begin the process of banning this brutal activity, which causes suffering of innocent animals.

Not only do the dying suffer the brutal actions of seal hunters but baby seals not clubbed to death often starve when their mothers are killed. Also, according to investigating animal welfare groups, many baby and adult seals are not killed instantaneously by hunters; these animals are then typically beaten repeatedly or are skinned alive.

Urge the Canadian government to end seal hunts and work to find more viable and humane sources of income for the country. By banning these hunts, these officials will be demonstrating their compassion, which will serve as a testament to their concern for the well-being of wildlife. In addition, such an action will go far in fostering a public understanding and respect for wildlife in general.

The Honorable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Canada
Fax: 613-941-6900
E-mail: pm@pm.gc.ca

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