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PROTECT HARP SEALS: They deserve to live and play

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Emy Will

Emy Will

Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa. Although I have a doctorate in psychotherapy, my main passion is advocating for nonhuman animal rights. I condemn all cruelty to nonhuman animals and therefore follow a vegan lifestyle. I would like to connect with other animal activists from all over the world. The fur trade is one of the most abhorrent practices on this planet. Innocent animals are subjected to prolonged suffering for a trivial fashion item. As the chairperson of Fur Free SA. we campaign towards ending the global fur industry. This might not happen in my lifetime, but even if I leave one footprint behind, that is one step closer to the goal. This blog is a forum to discuss all aspects of the fur industry. It also raises issues around animal activism in general. Johannesburg is a crazy city and I need to escape from time to time. This photo was taken next to the magnificent Zambezi river.

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The blood has hardly dried on the Namibian shores and a new massacre is approaching further north in the Atlantic! 

blood stainsI write this post through a veil of tears. It is heartbreaking to know that “humans” can be so brutal.                                                                        crying eye                                             

The annual Canadian commercial seal hunt starts in November and ends in May. It reaches its peak in March, shortly after the harp seal pups are born.

Harp seal

Harp seals get their name from the harp shape on their back and side. 

Tens of thousands of harp seals are killed for their fur during the annual Canadian slaughter – a hunt totally sanctioned by the Canadian government. When animal activists tried to protect the seals by spraying harmless paint onto the seals’ fur, these activists and all media were banned from the place of slaughter.

baby harp seal

 Baby harp seals are born with a soft white coat. Legally, baby harp seals in Canada cannot be hunted until they begin to shed their white coats of fur.  However, this happens at a very young age so the pups are barely weaned before they are bludgeoned to death. This is no legal protection at all.

I will not bombard you with the details of this massacre, as the following link takes you to an excellent and comprehensive article on this:                                                                 http://m.humanesociety.org/issues/seal_hunt/facts/about_seal_hunt.html#.UniyOvlgeVJ

The following photos reveal the brutality of this practice.

Seals  are beaten with a club – or hakapik.

clubbing1dragging seal
Seals are dragged across the ice, some still alive. Activists have shown that seals are sometimes skinned while still showing signs of life. 
There is no market for seal flesh so the bodies are left to rot.
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             mother mourns                                           Mommy seals have shown grief over the bodies of their young.
So who is so heartless to want seal fur?  The Danish fashion house Birger Christensen proudly boasts its fur collection. Harp seal coats, as seen here, are part of the collection. Birger Christensen would justify this by saying that there is a demand and sadly this is true.                                                                                                                                             sealcoatsHarp seal fur coat
According to Jens Birger Christensen, owner  of Birger Christensen, his company follows “Principles which creates joy and value in everything we endeavour“. Jens is clearly a psychopath of note!
harp seal 1
We have to be the voice for these innocent, helpless creatures. The following link allows you to send an e-mail to the Canadian government. You will be able to adapt an e-mail written by PeTa:
There has been some response to pressure. Certain countries including, the U.S., Belgium, Netherlands, Mexico, Slovenia, and Croatia have banned the import of seal skin products. The European Union (EU) decided that items derived from seals should be strictly banned within its countries. Supporters of the ban say that seal slaughter is cruel and inhumane. This ban exempts products that come from traditional hunts by indigenous communities. The ban started on August 20, 2010 and in 2013 it was upheld.
Read more:  A Success for Seals! EU Upholds Ban on Seal Products (onegreenplanet.org)
The EU’s ban on seal fur and products has been highly effective in reducing the number of seals killed commercially, from 354,000 in 2006 to currently around 40,000. 
Of course there are those in countries that are not members of the EU, like Canada, Greenland, Denmark  and Norway, who oppose the ban. They say that a ban will destroy the hunters’ jobs. Activists believe it is the government’s responsibility to pay compensation for this loss of income. This has been done in countries where  fur farming has been banned. Here, ethics were more important than economics.
Well you all know where I stand on this issue and I trust you are all there as well.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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16 Comments

  1. Chris says:

    The economics argument will be forwarded to justify any type of activity, i.e. ban this activity and you will put people out of jobs. That can never be a conclusive argument. Virtually every country in the West has passed strong anti smoking laws in an attempt to discourage people from smoking. These have to a large degree been successful. This has had an adverse economic impact on the tobacco industry leading to loss of jobs. I am not aware of any compensation paid by any government to the industry. That is in relation to an industry where adults were choosing to cause harm to their health. Why on earth should the economic argument be decisive in an industry which entails barbaric cruelty to animals which have no choice at all in the matter?

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    The blood has hardly dried on the Namibian shores and a new massacre is approaching further north in the Atlantic!

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  3. Adam Hughes says:

    Reblogged this on Freedom for Cetaceans.

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  4. Marie says:

    I absolutly hate that this happens. This was my introduction to animal cruelty a long time ago. Made me cry then and makes me cry now. I don’t know what brutal humans can do this.

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    • Emy Will says:

      Absolutely Marie.
      It is so heartbreaking, particularly as the government supports it. Thank you for sharing. We must never, never give up!

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  5. Marie says:

    Reblogged this on The Deep Emotions of Animals and commented:
    This slaughter of beautiful harp seal pups was my introduction to the horrors that humans could commit on animals. I saw this long ago and it makes me cry then and now.

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  6. Aw, this was a really good post. Taking the time and actual effort to make
    a great article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a
    lot and never manage to get nearly anything done.

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