According to Humane Society International (HSI), Canada’s annual commercial hunt is “the largest slaughter of marine mammals on the planet,” with hundreds of thousands of harp seals killed each year.
“The actual number of seals killed is likely higher than the number reported. Many seals are shot at and injured in the course of the hunt, and studies suggest that a significant number of these animals slip beneath the surface of the water, where they die slowly and are never recovered,” HSI reports.
Harp seals are brutally killed through the use of wooden clubs, hakapiks (large clubs with sharp picks at the end), and guns.
Adult harp seals are said to be the main target of these hunts, yet HSI reports that each year they witness “conscious, wounded baby seals left to suffer in agony – impaled on metal hooks, dragged across the ice, and cut open.”
These adorable seals and their family members need your help to stop Canada’s commercial seal hunt once and for all. Victory is so close, but more pressure needs to be garnered into order for the seal hunting industry to shut its cruel doors forever.
With only 5 percent of a sealer’s annual income coming from the commercial seal hunt, the HSI proposes that the Canadian government divert taxpayer dollars away from subsidizing a dying industry and instead engage in a federal buyout of the seal industry.
Use the petition below to ask Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to end Canada’s commercial seal hunt forever through a federal sealing industry buyout by offering sealers “a fair dollar amount to give up their license to kill.” Canada’s seals need your voice!