Sarah McLachlan writes an open letter to Stephen Harper

Animal activist and singer Sarah McLachlan wrote a letter to Stephen Harper via PETA, calling for an end to seal hunting in the Maritimes.

Sarah McLachlan

Things are getting political. Sarah McLachlan, an avid animal rights activist, has written an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, calling for a ban on seal hunting.

The notorious annual hunting expedition aimed at adorable, furry little things — commonly known as seals — has begun today in Newfoundland and Labrador, as declared by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

McLachlan penned a letter addressed to Mr. Harper, dated April 5, and posted it on PETA’s website .

“Now that Russia, which had been buying 95% of Canadian seal fur, has joined the European Union and the U.S. in banning seal-fur imports, this business is about as lucrative as an eight-track tape factory,” the songstress stated.

“It seems that the only reason why the federal government defends the dying seal-slaughter industry is to control the parliamentary swing seats in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

True say. While the Canadian Sealers Association claims that the hunt supplements almost half the annual income of the Canuck sealers, it seems like a poor justification. The same kind of logic can be applied to, say, Illegal organ or drug trafficking — if it supplements more than half the annual income of criminals, should we keep it? The government should develop a program of re-education and job placement to curb seal hunting.

Seal hunting numbers have decreased dramatically, though. Last year, 38,000 harp seals were caught. That’s less than 10 per cent of the government-sanctioned 400,000 allowable catch!

“The sealers — like tobacco farmers and asbestos miners — need leaders to devise a practical energy strategy for them,” McLachlan stated. “Not waste millions more in hopeless World Trade Organization challenges or paying to stockpile pelts when buyers already have seal pelts going back several years.”

Aye, aye. Let’s join Sarah McLachlan — plus her millions of Grammys and Junos — to end seal hunting. Besides, no one wants PETA on their back, right?

Photo courtesy of: Dominic Chan/

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