2007 Kill Quota Announced:
On March 29th, 2007 Canada's department
of Fisheries and Oceans released a
'management' plan that consists of
setting the quota of seals to be killed
at 270 000. This is despite the worst
ice conditions in recorded history
The hunt commenced on April 2nd, 2007.
The ice conditions are so horrible that
up to 90% of newborn seals are
perishing. Seals require ice to give
birth and without this ice newborns
The good news is that this years hunt is
smaller than last years which was set at
335 000 (nonetheless the reported catch
exceeded 354 000) this is good news for
the seals. It's because of pressure from
activists that the government had to
take a look at the ice floes and lower
the kill quota. Unfortunately the 270
000 quota is not much more sustainable
than last years.
When Canada was discovered there was an
estimated seal population of 30 million.
5 years ago the population was estimated
to be at less than 5 million, and even
that number was considered optimistic.
Since then over 1 million seals have
been killed, including many seals in the
1-5 months rage. (seals are legally
allowed to be killed after they shed
their white coat which is at 3
weeks). Last year was a difficult year
for seals due to the high kill quota and
the terrible ice conditions. This year
the ice conditions are much worse with
far less survivors.
It is unknown how many seals are still
alive, but a very optimistic number
would be between 2 and 3 million. That
means the Canadian government is
allowing approximately 10% of a wild
population to be killed. This does not
include the unreported kills from seals
that are shot or clubbed and slip into
It's unfortunate but the Canadian
government has yet again decided to
ignore the worlds opinion. In return
there cannot be anymore playing around.
It's a fact that Canada could care less
about what the world thinks. From now on
it's going to be war between activists
and our government.
We require that:
1. All Canadians avoid consuming any
seafood from Eastern Canada. People
residing outside of Canada should
boycott Canadian seafood all together,
and this includes chains that serve
Canadian seafood such as Red Lobster.
2. No one needs to travel to
Newfoundland. Many people go there for
Humpback whale watching. Humpbacks are
returning to the coast of Vancouver
Island in higher numbers. If you plan on
going whale watching please go there.
Canada is a big country and there are
many other places to visit.
3. Please donate to
organizations that are
actively fighting the hunt.
4. We still recommend that you sign
petitions and send letters when
possible, but unfortunately it is
unclear if this is having any positive
affect. Nonetheless we still recommend
that you try.
As a Canadian I can only say that I am
yet again very disappointed with my
government. In October 2006 Canada was
the only first world country to refuse
to sign a ban on bottom trawling, a
practice that is very devastating to our
worlds oceans. Canada also still allows
polar bear trophy hunting. In Eastern
Canada the cod industry has been
destroyed from mismanagement. It appears
that this same mismanagement is going to
take away some of the beautiful wildlife
that Canada has to offer. At this rate
unless some serious changes are made
there will be no fish, polar bears, or
seals left in 20 years time.
Thank you to everyone who has tried to
stop the hunt. We especially give a big
thank you to those who risk imprisonment
and receive large fines for attempting
to film or intervene with the hunt. Read
Canadian Injustice to learn
about how Canada is against free speech
and protecting the environment.