Humane Society International Congratulates Swiss National Council for Landslide Vote to Ban Commercial Seal Product Trade

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 Humane Society International applauds the Swiss National Council, for voting 132 to 28 in favour of a prohibition on commercial seal product trade on May 29. The Council noted the cruelty associated with commercial seal hunting, the opposition of many of its citizens to this practice, and the need to ensure the Swiss market does not operate as an alternative for the European Regulation banning commercial seal products trade. The Swiss National Council is the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Switzerland.

“Global markets for seal products are closing for good, climate change is devastating the seals’ sea ice habitat, and it is very clear there is no future in commercial sealing,” said Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of Humane Society International Canada. “Instead of providing artificial life support to this dying industry, our government should do as Canadians want and stop the senseless slaughter of baby seals for good.”

“I have personally observed Canada’s commercial seal slaughter since 2006, and both the cruelty of the killing and the serious impact of climate change on these ice dependent seals have been very difficult to witness,” said Vera Weber, vice president of the Franz Weber Foundation. “I am exceptionally proud of my government for taking action to stop our trade in seal products. While the Senate still has to vote on the ban, the people of Switzerland have been heard and my country will never be a market for seal fur.”

Last year, the Customs Union compromising the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and Belarus prohibited the import and export of fur from harp seals, the primary markets of Canada’s commercial seal slaughter. The United States and the European Union – Canada’s two largest trading partners also prohibit trade in commercial seal products. The Canadian government has confirmed that 70,000 seals were slaughtered in the 2012 commercial seal hunt. Local government financed the kill, funding a seal processor to purchase and stockpile seal skins, despite an apparent lack of markets.

HSI/Canada calls on the Canadian and provincial governments to support a federal buyout of the commercial sealing industry, which would involve ending the seal hunt, providing immediate compensation for sealers, and investing in economic alternatives in the communities involved.

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Parallels between seal and kangaroo slaughter: Canadian lawyer

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The slaughter of kangaroos in Australia is going largely unnoticed when compared with Canada’s widely condemned annual seal hunt, a prominent Canadian animal rights lawyer says.

Lesli Bisgould is embarking on a 12-stop tour of Australia, hosted by animal protection institute Voiceless, to highlight the plight of Australia’s icon.

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Voiceless says that the annual hunt of Australia’s kangaroos is the world’s largest commercial slaughter of land-based wildlife, with almost 90 million lawfully killed in the past 20 years.

By comparison, Canada’s harp seals are hunted in the world’s largest commercial slaughter of marine mammals, with almost 4 million killed lawfully in the past two decades.

This year, Voiceless will explore legal comparisons between the two hunts and the lessons Australia can learn from its Canadian counterpart in the 2012 Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series, starting in Sydney on Wednesday.

Seals and kangaroos are both slaughtered away from the public eye and many suffer for long periods of time before death, Voiceless says.

Ms Bisgould will share her legal insights and experiences of the seal hunt while local speakers will provide a legal perspective on the commercial hunting of kangaroos.

With the two countries holding such similar records, the presentations will also explore the legal parameters of the hunts and what the public can do.

Ms Bisgould

Ms Bisgould was the first lawyer in Canada to specialise in animal rights, she wrote the first Canadian text on the subject and has lectured widely throughout Canada and the US.

She has challenged the Canadian government, questioning its justifications of the hunt.

She was co-counsel in two lengthy court cases. The first challenged the sale of seal penises as they contain a controlled substance, testosterone.

The second challenged the Canadian government’s efforts to thwart observation of the hunt by independent observers. She claimed that the government did not want observers to document accurate images of the horrors of the hunt, which contradicted the government’s own assertions about it.

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Seals Need You Now More Than Ever

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WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT – Despite having almost no seal pelt market to sell to, the Canadian government continues to fund the cruel seal slaughter with taxpayer dollars. We’re close to winning the fight to save seals for good, and we need your help.

Meet the seals who need your help

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In just a few short weeks, Canadian fishermen will descend on the seals’ habitat to kill the babies for their fur. This comes despite habitat loss due to climate change. Rebecca Aldworth visits the harp seal nursery to witness this amazing place.

Please click here:- Sign Pamela Anderson’s Petition to Help End the Seal Slaughter

Each year, the Canadian government authorizes commercial fishermen to kill hundreds of thousands of seal pups off the East Coast of Canada. The HSUS Protect Seals campaign is part of an international effort to bring this cruel and needless hunt to an end.  The campaign is focused on pressing Canada’s fishing industry and its government to end the commercial seal hunt.

Seal hunting is an off-season activity of a few thousand fishermen from Canada’s east coast. They make, on average, about 5% of their income from sealing, and the rest from commercial fisheries. Roughly two-thirds of Canadian seafood exports go to the United States each year. Canada’s sealers make much more money from exporting seafood to the U.S. than they do from killing seal pups

Through the boycott of Canadian seafood, The HSUS and its supporters are sending a clear message to Canada’s fishing industry.  If the industry would like open access to our market, it needs to stop supporting and participating in the commercial seal hunt.  To date, more than 750,000 individuals and over 5,500 grocery stores, restaurants, casinos, and seafood suppliers in the United States have joined the seafood boycott.

Boycott participants

Mario Batali, Cat Cora, Kerry Simon, and hundreds of other chefs are joined by compassionate companies, including:

  • Battleground Restaurant Group
  • BI-LO Supermarkets
  • Bon Appétit Management Company
  • China Grill Management Group
  • Fireman Hospitality Group
  • The Forgeois Group
  • Gotham City Restaurant Group
  • Harris Teeter
  • Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Cafés
  • Legal Sea Foods
  • Lowe’s Foods
  • McGrath’s Fish House
  • Patina Restaurant Group
  • Ted Turner’s Ted’s Montana Grill
  • The Venetian and Palazzo Resorts
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory Restaurants
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Whole Foods
  • WinCo Foods

All chefs and companies participating in the Protect Seals campaign have pledged to avoid some or all Canadian seafood until Canadian fishermen from Canada’s East Coast end—once and for all—the commercial seal hunt.

Boycott Canadian seafood to save seals

Please sign at the link below – Thank you


Please sign:-Tell Canada’s Prime Minister to Call Off the Slaughter

Please Sign:-Thank the Russian Federation for Saving Seals 

“Hopefully this video, arranged & sung by my dear friend Louise du Toit; will touch your hearts! We have to stop the slaughter of innocent animals & protect their habitat” 

SAVE THE SEALS: May this video touch the hearts of those who are still not aware of the senseless and brutal killing of seals all over the world and convince them to raise their voices AGAINST this unforgivable and utterly atrocious practice of heartless humans! Like ALL living beings on earth, seals deserve to LIVE their lives in peace and harmony, without humans interfering and destroying them for their own egoistic gain.

The song, “Alright”, is written and performed by Louise du Toit and arranged by Louise du Toit, Spiros Papaspirou and Edmund Diolulu, with lyrics by Louise du Toit. “Alright” was produced at Horizon Studios in Athens and the digital mastering was done at Abbey Road Studios in London. Video produced and created by Louise du Toit in Greece, 2010. This video was made as a contribution to the salvation of seals, for nonprofit educational purposes, without any intention of commercial advantage or private financial gain. There is no intention of copyright infringement either.

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