HSUS: Support Senate Resolution to End Seal Hunt

April 3rd, 2007 5:12 pm by Kelly Garbato

Via the Humane Society of the United States:

Support Senate Resolution to End Seal Hunt

The Canadian seal hunt is the largest commercial slaughter of marine mammals in the world.

Already, the disappearing ice caused by global warming has devastated seal populations in Canada’s North Atlantic waters. It’s estimated that more than a quarter of the seal pups have died, and the survivors are being targeted by the hunt. That’s because, despite these catastrophic ice conditions, the Canadian government is allowing fishermen to kill 270,000 seals in the 2007 hunt.

Last year, pups between just 12 days and 12 weeks of age made up more than 95 percent of the seals killed—either by clubbing or shooting. An independent team of veterinarians observed a previous seal hunt and concluded that the hunt failed to comply with Canada’s basic animal welfare regulations.

A Senate resolution (S. Res. 118), sponsored by Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Joseph Biden (D-DE), is calling on the Canadian government to end the brutal and senseless seal hunt. Please ask your senators to co-sponsor S. Res. 118. If they are already co-sponsors, please express your thanks.

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