The blood has hardly dried on the Namibian shores and a new massacre is approaching further north in the Atlantic!
I write this post through a veil of tears. It is heartbreaking to know that “humans” can be so brutal.
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 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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.