This week marked the beginning of Canada’s commercial seal hunt.
It’s the largest slaughter of marine mammals on earth, and it’s an
incredibly painful, enraging issue to track.
As someone who has an immense love of animals and an immense hatred
of animal cruelty, I found myself close to tears today as I read the
stories and looked at the photos on the Humane Society’s campaign page.
But I’m only looking at photos and videos - I can’t imagine how
painful it must be for the Humane Society staffers who are currently in
Canada documenting the hunt in order to spread the word and organize
protests against it.
Nineteen thousand baby seals have been killed in the span of just
2.5 days - primarily for the sale of seal pelts to fashion markets in
Europe. What’s more, fishermen only make a small fraction of their
income from this slaughter, and less than 6,000 fishermen participate
in the hunt each year. This doesn’t minimize the immense damage done to
the seal population, though.
The Humane Society did provide an image of hope, however - a survivor of the first phase of the hunt.
And the organization is also providing ways to take action. You can
find out more information and how to stop the seal hunt by visiting http://www.hsus.org/protectseals.html.
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