It has begun.
At 7:34 a.m., I watched the barbaric clubbing of one of the first baby seals killed on Canada's ice floes this season, signaling the start of the largest commercial slaughter of marine mammals on the planet.
It was not easy to watch. And it won't be easy to stop. It will require the unrelenting pressure of people like you and me who will not stand idly by while hunters methodically beat, skin, and kill these defenseless animals. But we can and will stop it--with your help. On this tragic day, I urge you to join me in stopping the seal hunt forever by making a donation to our Protect Seals campaign.
I'm in Canada leading a skilled and dedicated team of professionals from The Humane Society of the United States.
The seal hunt has begun.
Join us in stopping it.
We're here to document the awful abuses and violations of Canada's own regulations by those who hunt the seals. Shockingly, an independent team of veterinarians who studied the seal hunt concluded that up to 42% of the seal pups they studied were probably skinned while still alive and conscious. I can't even begin to describe to you the plight of these helpless seal pups as they are callously slaughtered right in front of each other.
This year, more than 300,000 seals will be killed because Canadian lobbying groups unjustifiably claim that seals hurt the country's commercial fisheries. Tragically, many of these beautiful animals will be as young as 12 days old when they are slaughtered. Your donation today will help us go head to head with the fishing industry and the Canadian government as we create a public outcry so loud--and an international boycott so effective--that Canada will no longer be able to ignore it.
Together, we will stop the seal hunt forever. Please, make your contribution today, and join me in making a personal commitment to this massive effort.
Thank you for all that you do on behalf of animals and for your support during this tragic time on the Canadian ice.
Director of Canadian Wildlife Issues
The Humane Society of the United States