Mark Hawthorne of Striking At the Roots fame offers some suggestions for stopping the seal hunt.
First, watch this video:
And let me remind you, two kinds of people kill animals for a living: the ones who want to and the ones who don’t.
Is animal killing something you want to encourage, coerce, or force people to do?
Here are his five things you can do to help end the Canadian seal slaughter, slightly edited here:
1. Write letters to Canada
Corrie Rabbe of IFAW-Canada recommends people write to both Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Gail Shea, to express your disapproval of the annual slaughter:
The Honorable Stephen Harper
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington St.
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/default.asp
The Honorable Gail Shea
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
House of Commons
441-S Centre Block
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Canadian residents: Please write to your local MP on this issue.
2. Boycott Canadian “seafood” and Red Lobster
Red Lobster is the number-one seafood restaurant in the U.S. and the world’s largest purchaser of Canadian seafood. Red Lobster purchases millions of dollars worth of Canadian seafood each year, including lobster, shrimp, crab, scallops and salmon ― animals caught by fishermen who also club and shoot baby seals or pressure the government for increased seal quotas. Despite repeated requests from animal protection organizations, Red Lobster refuses to join the boycott of Canadian seafood or take responsibility for their role in enabling the seal massacre to continue. You can learn more, and contact Red Lobster.
“It is individual citizens who have the most power to make this campaign a success and also help us end the seal hunt,” says AAC’s Karen Levenson. “By using their purchasing power, and by letting the restaurants and grocery stores know when they do so, they can pressure companies to stop purchasing some or all Canadian seafood until the seal hunt ends.”
3. Send letters to editors
The Letters page is one of the most highly read sections of newspapers and magazines, so a letter to the editor is one of the best tools animal activists have for making our message heard. You can send letters on the seal slaughter now, expressing your outrage; please do not wait until the killing begins this year. Click here for tips on writing letters.
4. Educate others
Unfortunately, many people believe that Canada banned the killing of seals for their fur years ago. Talk to family and friends about what is happening; let them know this is an ongoing issue that you’re concerned about. And don’t forget to post campaign information and undercover videos on MySpace, Facebook and other social-networking sites.
5. Contact animal protection organizations
The killing of seals each spring in Canada is one of the few issues that animal rights, animal welfare and environmental groups all seem to agree must be stopped. Contact one or more of the following organizations to learn more on this issue, and, if they take contributions, consider making a donation to further their work on behalf of seals.
- Animal Alliance of Canada
- Animal Aid UK
- Animal Rights Action Network
- Anti-Fur Society
- Atlantic Canadian Anti-Sealing Coalition
- Campaigns Against The Cruelty To Animals
- Harp Seals
- Humane Society of the United States
- International Fund for Animal Welfare
- Respect for Animals
- Scandinavian Anti-Sealing Coalition
- Sea Shepherd Conservation Society