Time to stop sealing

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Now that the World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled that the European Union can legally ban the import of seal fur and other products because of “moral concerns,” it’s time for Canadian officials to stop squandering millions in taxpayer money trying to defend the dying seal slaughter and instead pursue a buyout.

The majority of Canadians oppose the cruel slaughter — which is the largest massacre of marine mammals on Earth — and since there are now no remaining markets for seal fur, the WTO’s ruling could be the final nail in the sealing industry’s coffin.

In the past, officials have turned a blind eye to seals’ immense suffering, but at some point they must acknowledge the damage that continuing the seal slaughter is doing to Canada’s economy and reputation.

Paula Moore

The PETA Foundation

Norfolk, Va.

Organizations: WTO

Geographic location: Canada

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  • david
    December 05, 2013 - 16:43

    Virginia coal mines. Think globally, act locally. Hypocrite.

  • Eldred Woodford
    December 05, 2013 - 14:48

    Re Time to Stop Sealing (letters, Dec. 4): Paula Moore writes that "A majority of Canadians oppose the cruel slaughter...” ALL Canadians should oppose animal cruelty, not just a majority. Our sealers are trained AND LICENSED professionals who strive to treat the animal with respect. Marine mammal experts who have studied THE hunt attest that the Atlantic seal hunt is conducted as well or better than any other HARVEST of animals and that hunting requirements and best management practices have changed for the betterment of seals. Based on these changes our practices put Canada far ahead of other countries—including European countries- that also hunt seals. And contrary to PETA’s members, a majority of Canadians believe in a well regulated and sustainable use of natural resources. If MS Moore wants more accurate information on sealing, she should go to www.sealsandsealing.net or on the Facebook page "Fair Treatment for Sealers". Chairman, Canadian Sealers Association

  • Cashin Delaney
    December 04, 2013 - 18:07

    If all handsome aquatic mammals were equal in the eyes of PETA, and their crusades were based on achieving realistic results (public education instead of propaganda) for all fur bearers, and not planned around a self-perpetuating fund-raising and advocacy agenda, then we would see more education about mink “farming” than emotional ploys over the seal “fishery”. Simply put, would you rather be kept in jail all your life, and die “humanely” with poison or live naturally and be killed “humanely” with a bullet? Mink farming profits doubled in NS and ON since 2007 to $250,000,000 and will intensify until the EU, WTO, etc decide that it is finally too déclassé to support. PETA should focus on mink farming here, before it becomes entrenched and profitable. We don’t even process the pelts, they are frozen and shipped to NS! PETA are perennially turning Newfoundlanders against them with their skewed seal-morality, at the expense of other furbearer atrocities that actually need exposure. Read Bill Montevecchi on the seals, but I warn you, his moderate views are shockingly overt and sensible and make for disinteresting reading for the majority who prefer the all or nothing reactionary brinkmanship. Jacques Cousteau questioned the ethics of the seal hunt protests in the late 70s, pondering the emotional appeals of celebrity: "We have to be logical. We have to aim our activity first to the endangered species. Those who are moved by the plight of the harp seal could also be moved by the plight of the pig – the way they are slaughtered is horrible."

  • Too Funny
    December 04, 2013 - 12:50

    "since there are now no remaining markets for seal fur". Er, wrong. The fact that pelts are still selling, despite the pressure to kill it, proves there is still a market. What is sad is that these groups couldn't convince individuals to stop buying fur so they shifted their attack to pressuring governments to take away people's freedom to choose.