When you think about it…why do we kill babies?

She deserves to grow up.

She deserves to grow up.

The annual Canadian commercial seal slaughter is well underway. The seals who are killed are babies, some as young as 3 weeks, most around 3 months old.

Yet we love babies. Or so we say. We love their cute faces—some with big eyes and oversized heads—and their gentle, helpless ways.

We are fractured in our love of babies as we also kill (or have killed) billions of baby animals. Baby chicks are slaughtered at 5-7 weeks of age, calves at 1-24 weeks of age, turkeys at 16-20 weeks of age, among other animals who lose their lives before their lives really begin.

Why? Really, seriously, when you think about it…why do we kill babies?

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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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New Rules for Wildlife Conservation Act in Taiwan

PawsUpPaws Up!
To the Legislative Yuan and its president Wang Jin-Pyng for ratifying new rules to prohibit the import, export, and sale of marine mammals and their products without special permits from the governing agency.

According to a news story, “the Legislative Yuan completed ratification of new rules to the Wildlife Conservation Act yesterday to prohibit the import, export and sale of marine mammals and their products without special permits from the governing agency. In the latest amendment to the Wildlife Conservation Act, first promulgated in Taiwan in June 1989, violators will be subject to fines and the outlawed products will be confiscated, Lawmakers said the ban covers marine mammals like seals, sea lions, sea otters, manatees, and sea elephants (also known as elephant seals).”

The article states, “They said that Taiwan has now become the third largest Asian consumer and the fourth in the world in terms of the consumption volume of marine mammals and their products as people believe in the special medical or health effects of the products.”

Animal rights groups in Taiwan are putting in a great effort to revise the wildlife protection rules. Hopefully these new rules will prohibit the trade in marine mammals.

The effect of these rules should diminish the number of marine mammals being killed. As a result, Taiwan has conserved these species for present and future generations.

Sea lions are beautiful marine mammals that are at a great risk of being slaughtered to make seal oil and other products.

Sea lions are beautiful marine mammals that are at a great risk of being slaughtered to make seal oil and other products.

Take Action: Contact the president of the Legislative Yuan and thank him for these new limitations.

President Wang Jin-Pyng
President of the Legislative Yuan
No. 1 Chungshan S. Road
Taipei, 10051
Taiwan, R.O.C.

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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.

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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Canada, Don’t Sell Seals to China

A seal lounges on rapidly disappearing ice.

Photo by Mike Spindler

NHES is distressed that despite worldwide protest and lack of demand, thousands of Canadian seals are still brutally killed each year. In 2009, the European Union voted to no longer sell seal products and the United States called for the immediate end to seal slaughter in Canada. However, instead of listening to the demands of Europe and the United States, Canada has chosen to continue this slaughter and instead market seal goods to China. As Europeans and Americans educated themselves on seal slaughter, many Chinese have as well and may indeed protest this decision. Please send the prime minister of Canada a polite note letting him know you disapprove of Canada’s decision to sell seal products to China.

The Honorable Stephen Harper
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Canada
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