Feb 27, 2006
2006 marks the third year that Canada is allowing an increased quota on the number of harp seals that can be legally killed during this year's hunt. 350,000 baby seals will be killed during this year's hunt, as a result of a three-year Seal Hunt Plan developed by the Canadian government. Beginning in 2003, the plan allows a total kill of 975,000, an increase of 75,000 seals per year above the quotas of the five prior years.
The Canadian government has to subsidize the sealing industry, and actually gave $20 million to help support the killings between 1995 and 2001. This money was used to fund the salaries for seal processing plant workers, market research and development trips in addition to capital acquisition of processing plants. Without the government's support, Canada's seal hunt would likely have ended years ago. Reports indicate that the primary beneficiaries of the hunt are actually the large fisheries conglomerates and the hunts provide only a very small percentage of the local fishermen's annual incomes.
Help the coalition to protect seals by sending a polite letter to Canada's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, and the Canadian Tourism Commission. Let them know that you will not be visiting Canada until the cruel and unsustainable seal hunts are ended once and for all.
Office of the Prime Minister
Right Hon. Stephen Harper
80 Wellington Street
Canadian Tourism Commission
55 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Email: www.canadatourism.com/en/ctc/aboutctc/CTX_Contact US.cfm