2006 Death Toll is 335 000:
The figures are in for the unsustainable
2006 seal massacre. The quota to kill
335 000 baby seals has been reached.
While these seals are not whitecoats,
they are all under 3 months of age. The
above numbers do not reflect how many
seals slipped under the ice, or deaths
that went unreported.
2006 was a difficult year. The
conservative government proved itself as
heartless as the former Liberal
government. At the same time this year
proved to be beneficial, as more people
than ever before became aware of the
seal hunt. Celebrities such as Pamela
Anderson spoke out against the Canadian
Government. There was a discussion on
Larry King concerning the hunt. The
media did it's job.
Various organizations such as
Sea Shepherd, and the
Humane Society of the United States
were vocal and attacked the hunt from
Some disappointments surfaced such as
Costco choosing to profit from
selling sealing products.
Meanwhile some victories were reached
such as Croatia banning the import of
seal pelts. Croatia joined the ranks of
Mexico, the United States, Greenland,
the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and
the United Kingdom. All these countries
have recognized that the seal hunt is
inhumane. It is due to groups such as
Ifaw and the WSPA that these countries
have recognized how barbaric this hunt
is and we applaud these organizations.
While the hunt may be over for 2006, the
kill quota for 2007 has not yet been
announced. Unfortunately hunting isn't
the exclusive problem that seals face.
Bottom trawling, water pollution, and
global warming is affecting all forms of
If we expect seals to survive we must
take better care of our ecosystem.
We urge those who are concerned about
animal welfare to learn more about
various animal cruelty issues.
Bear Farming - Thousands of bears
across China, Korea, and Vietnam
suffer every minute. Bears are
confined in tiny cages unable to turn
around or stand up. The bears are
farmed for bear bile which is used in
'traditional medicines' It is unknown
the total number of bears who suffer
but in Vietnam alone over 3000 bears
Polar Bear Hunting - Canada continues
to sell licenses to wealthy Americans.
For $50 000 an American can visit
Canada, shoot a bear, and get a
Whaling - Japan, Iceland, and Norway
have increased the quota of whales
that they are planning on killing.
Fins and Humpback whales are to be
targeted. Japan claims that the
killing is for scientific research and
that it must sell the 'whale meat' as
to use every part of the whale.
Of course there are many more abuses
than the ones listed above, but if you
are interested in ending animal cruelty
it is a place to start. If you are
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