Sealing and the Olympics

Yesterday the European Union Parliament decided by an overwhelming 550  to 49 vote to ban the import of most seal products into all 27 EU countries. The bill recognizes that commercial seal hunting is “inherently inhumane”, something which is obvious to any reasonable person who has ever watched a video of baby seals being slaughtered. In 2009 our Department of Fisheries and Oceans set a shameful quota of 280,000 baby harp seals to be “harvested” by non-native hunters during the annual hunt in the Gulf of St Lawrence. Sadly, the DFO and virtually all members our federal parliament are bringing our country into disrepute by supporting this cruel hunt. The Humane Society of the United States has launched a boycott of all Canadian seafood in response to the commercial seal hunt, effectively canceling any profits from the hunt. Now, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is targeting the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver to focus attention on the seal hunt. Canada’s international reputation will suffer further damage over the next nine months unless Canadian politicians come to their senses and stop allowing tens of thousands of these gentle creatures to be clubbed or shot and often skinned alive as their mothers watch helplessly.