International Seal Hunt Protest
March 15th marked the day of the
international protest against the
Canadian seal hunt. Many organizations
cooperated to oppose this cruel hunt.
Harp Seals.org, the Sea Shepherd
Society, and Animal Liberation Front
were some of the groups that protested.
Protests were on a global Scale.
A protest was conducted in front of
Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Further
protests occurred in key American cities
such as Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles,
Portland, New York, San Diego, San
Francisco, Seattle, Washington, Honolulu
and Salt Lake City.
Canadians proved that the majority are
against this heartless slaughter with
protests occurring in Calgary, Halifax,
Kelowna, Nanaimo, Toronto, Vancouver,
Windsor, and Winnipeg.
To prove how international of an effort
this protest was felt as far as Europe
and Australia. In Europe protests
occurred in Vienna (Austria), Antwerp
(Belgium), Zagreb (Croatia), Paris, Nice
Toulouse, and Nice (France), Berlin
(Germany), Budapest (Hungary), Dublin
(Ireland), Den Haag (Netherlands),
Warsaw (Poland), Moscow and St.
Petersburg (Russia), & London (United
Protests in Australia were in Melbourne
and Sydney. The above cities are not
meant to be a comprehensive list. Many
more protests were felt from all around
the world including in Cape Town, South
Africa, and in India and Israel. One
thing that all of the protests had in
common regardless of ethnicity and
location is that they consisted of brave
animal lovers who are appalled at the
barbarity of the Canadian Seal Hunt.
Far more people are opposed to the seal
hunt, than the minority who profit from
it. While in Sydney Australia I had the
pleasure of meeting with the Animal
Liberation Front who protested on March
15th. They were both very organized and
simply outraged that such inhumane
treatment of animals still occurs in a
first world country like Canada.
While March 15th was in the
international day of protest, it doesn't
mean the end of the struggle. All over
the world petitions are being signed,
Canadian sea food boycotts, as well as
tourism boycotts (mainly of Eastern
Canada) are being conducted. Politicians
are being contacted to oppose the
imports of seal products.
It's amazing to see that people from all
over the world can overlook cultural
differences to oppose what they
rightfully view as wrong. If anything
good can be said to come from the seal
hunt, is that while it shows the worse
of what humanity is capable of, on the
opposite spectrum it shows the best of
The hunt is set to begin in late March.
This year the government has made it
extremely difficult to directly
intervene against the hunt. In Canada
the 'Seal Protection Act' makes it
illegal to witness or document the
slaughter of a seal pup without a permit
from the government of Canada, who are
known to not hand out permits to those
who are opposed to the killing of seals.
Those who show up without a permit will
immediately be arrested, fined a minimum
of $1000, and face the possibility of
Arresting individuals for protesting and
documenting the seal hunt directly goes
against the Canadian charter of Rights
and Freedoms. Certain organizations such
as the Sea Shepherd society are taking
the government to court because of this.
Since the courts are operated by the
government it makes the case extremely
difficult, and they will need the best
of luck to repel the draconian 'Canadian
A great thank you to everyone who
opposed the seal hunt on March 15th,
2007 and who continue to do so. Below is
a great picture from a seal hunt protest
in Sydney conducted by the Animal
Liberation Front. It clearly shows the
vulnerability of the defenseless seals: