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Apr
2004

Stop Seal Hunt - Hunters Allowed To Kill 350,000 Young Seals This Year

We've sparked a global outcry, now let's keep the pressure building!

Since you are clearly interested in helping these defenseless seal pups, we thought you should know about a great organization, The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). They are working on an urgent project to stop the slaughter of young seal pups on the ice fields of Canada. Read to find out more!


Last week, IFAW brought journalists to Canada to witness the cruelty of the harp seal hunt. What they saw was heartbreaking: Newborn seals skinned or bled alive... clubbed to death... or shot and left wounded to die under the ice.

Within days, images of the carnage were on the front page of "The New York Times" and newspapers worldwide -- spurring a global outcry, and magnifying your voice, and the voices of others who led the way by signing the Care2 petition to save the seals.

Now we urgently need your help to capitalize on the incredible momentum that is building against the hunt. Please send a letter to Canada's Prime Minister urging immediate action. http://www.care2.com/go/z/13402

IFAW was the only animal protection organization on the ice this year -- as we have been for well over a decade. If we didn't arrange these journalist trips, the world would be completely unaware of this brutal slaughter. The spring hunt continues unmercifully this week, and Canadian politicians are stunned by the international storm of protest.

That's why now, more than ever, we need a flood of email protests to help drive home our point. This hunt is cruel... and the world won't stand for it.

Let's join together to strike a decisive blow against cruelty NOW... while the global outrage against the hunt is high.

Please send your message to Canada's Prime Minister:
http://www.care2.com/go/z/13402

Please tell your friends about our campaign.

For the seal pups,

Fred O'Regan
President and CEO
International Fund for Animal Welfare

P.S. Remember... politicians will only act if they see
worldwide demand for change. It only takes a moment
to send a message. Go to: http://www.care2.com/go/z/13402


Dear Elected Official,
Dear Prime Minister Martin,

Canada is promoting its natural beauty as part of the 'Discover Our True Nature' tourism campaign. So I was shocked to discover your government is also promoting the destruction of one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth ...the baby harp and hooded seal nursery off the Canada's East Coast.

Canada has a sacred trust to protect these animals for future generations. But just last year, the Fisheries Minister authorized the highest quota for harp seals in history - allowing nearly a million to be slaughtered over just three years. And recently, the Canadian government has even considered reopening the hunt for hooded seal pups - as young as five days of age.

I'm writing to you because I want to see this hunt end.

I, like 85% of Canadians, believe seals under one year of age should be protected from any hunting at all. Currently, 95% of the seals killed at the hunt are pups under just three months of age, and the majority are less than a month old. At the time they are slaughtered, most have not yet eaten their first solid food, nor have they learned how to swim. These defenseless baby seals literally have no escape from the hunters, and they suffer terribly as they are clubbed and shot to death.

Evidence from the past eight years shows widespread cruelty at the hunt - including the skinning of live animals. I was horrified to learn of an independent veterinary study conducted in 2001 that concluded up to 42% of the seals they studied had likely been skinned alive while conscious.

It is shameful that this entire hunt is for products no one really needs, and Canadian tax dollars continue to subsidize the slaughter. Because even in Newfoundland, where almost all of the hunting occurs, the economic contribution of the sealing industry is marginal. Less than 1% of Newfoundlanders participate in the hunt, and those who do derive a very small share of their income from the hunt. Doubtlessly, your economic team must be able to come up with a more meaningful way to help stimulate Newfoundland's economy than to subsidize this cruel and unnecessary hunt.

Surely, Mr. Martin, you will take action on behalf of the majority of Canadians to end the largest and most cruel slaughter of harp seals in close to forty years. I urge you to intervene quickly in this matter, and ensure Canada's international reputation is not irreparably harmed by this archaic hunt.


Message from Ebru Ucar


Contact the PM:
You can send your comments by e-mail to pm@pm.gc.ca or write or fax the Prime Minister’s office at:

Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa
K1A 0A2

Fax: 613-941-6900

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