Kinship Circle: ACT/ The Other Canadian Seal Hunt

August 7th, 2008 9:14 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Tue, Aug 5, 2008 at 5:59 PM
Subject: ACT/ The Other Canadian Seal Hunt

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8/5/08: The Other Canadian Seal Hunt: Grey Seals Of Nova Scotia

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SLAUGHTER OF GREY SEALS IN NOVA SCOTIA

There is another slaughter of baby seals on the east coast of Canada each year. This slaughter…happens very quietly, but the nature of the slaughter is the same. Fishermen…descend on recently weaned defenseless seal pups and proceed to shoot and bludgeon them to death. The pups’ skin is then ripped from their bodies and oftentimes the carcasses are left to rot…

http://www.antisealingcoalition.ca/GreySeals/index.php

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The Honourable Rodney MacDonald, Premier of Nova Scotia
Office of the Premier
P.O. Box 726; Halifax, NS B3J 2T3
ph: 902-424-6600; email: premier [at] gov.ns.ca

The Honourable Ron Chisholm, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture
1741 Brunswick St. 3rd Floor
P.O. Box 2223; Halifax, NS B3J 3C4
ph: 902-424-8953; fax: 902-424-0699/0698
email: MIN_DFA [at] gov.ns.ca

The Honourable Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour
PO Box 697
5151 Terminal Road; Halifax, NS B3J 2T8
ph: 902-424-6647; fax: 902-424-0575
email: min_env [at] gov.ns.ca

The Honourable David Morse, Minister of Natural Resources
1701 Hollis Street
P.O. Box 698; Halifax, NS B3J 2T9
ph: 902-424-4037; fax: 902-424-0594
email: MIN_DNR [at] gov.ns.ca

MORE CANADIAN OFFICIALS
* Hon. Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans: min [at] dfo-mpo.gc.ca
* Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister: pm [at] pm.gc.ca
* Sterling Belliveau, MLA, NDP Fisheries Critic (NS): mlashelburne [at] eastlink.ca
* Harold Theriault, MLA, Liberal Fisheries Critic (NS): theriahe [at] gov.ns.ca
* Peter Stoffer, MP, NDP Fisheries Critic (Canada): stoffp [at] parl.gc.ca
* Scott Simms, MP, Liberal Fisheries Critic (Canada): Simms.S [at] parl.gc.ca
* Ryan Watson, Green Party leader (NS): ryan [at] ryanwatson.ca
* Darrell Dexter, NDP Party leader (NS): ddexter [at] ns.sympatico.ca
* Stephen McNeil, Liberal Party leader (NS): mcneilsr [at] gov.ns.ca
* Elizabeth May, Green Party leader (Canada): leader [at] greenparty.ca
* Jack Layton, NDP Party leader (Canada): laytoj [at] parl.gc.ca
* Stephan Dion, Liberal Party leader (Canada): Dion.S [at] parl.gc.ca

CANADIANS ONLY
LOCAL MLA (if in Nova Scotia): http://www.gov.ns.ca/legislature/members/directory/alpha.html
YOUR MP: http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Lists/Members.aspx

SOURCE FOR ALL CONTACTION INFORMATION:
http://www.antisealingcoalition.ca/GreySeals/email_for_grey_seals.php

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TO: MIN_DFA [at] gov.ns.ca, min [at] dfo-mpo.gc.ca, premier [at] gov.ns.ca, pm [at] pm.gc.ca

CC: min_env [at] gov.ns.ca, MIN_DNR [at] gov.ns.ca, mlashelburne [at] eastlink.ca, theriahe [at] gov.ns.ca, stoffp [at] parl.gc.ca, Simms.S [at] parl.gc.ca, ryan [at] ryanwatson.ca, ddexter [at] ns.sympatico.ca, mcneilsr [at] gov.ns.ca, leader [at] greenparty.ca, laytoj [at] parl.gc.ca, Dion.S [at] parl.gc.ca

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Honourable Officials of Nova Scotia and Canada:

Please deny Fisheries Minister Ron Chisholm’s appeal to expand the grey seal hunt in Nova Scotia and permit sealing in Sable Island. Polls indicate most Americans and Europeans condemn Canada’s harp seal hunt, with many prepared to boycott Canadian seafood until it ends. The unwarranted slaughter of grey seals further disgraces Canada and its treatment of marine wildlife.

Nova Scotia fishermen annually destroy grey seal pups by the thousands. During the ambush on nursery grounds, thick-sculled pups are clubbed with wooden bats.

As you know, the European Commission is evaluating a seal products ban for the entire European Union. A scientific review from the European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) revealed critical flaws in Canada’s Marine Mammal Regulations. Kill tactics for both grey and harp seal hunts are denounced in EFSA’s “Animal Welfare Aspects of the Killing and Skinning of Seals.”

Despite the European Commission’s call for a prohibition on seal goods from countries that engage in inhumane slaughter — Minister Chisholm wants to inflate the yearly grey-seal quota and broaden the commercial hunt. Minister Chisholm concedes there is no conclusive evidence linking grey seals to diminishing fish stock. DFO scientists have no decisive proof that culling seals will help cod recovery. In fact, cod represents 2% of the seals’ intake and they actually consume other species that prey on cod.

Sable Island is safeguarded as the world’s largest grey seal breeding colony. Public wilderness areas do not belong to a small number of fishermen intent on killing seals they say eat “their” fish.

Canada’s grey seal hunt (like its harp seal hunt) lacks ecological, financial or ethical justification. I encourage authorities to terminate the slaughter of grey seals in Nova Scotia.

Sincerely,

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS

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TAKE ACTION! WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP THE GREY SEALS
http://www.antisealingcoalition.ca/GreySeals/takeaction.php

TELL NOVA SCOTIAN & CANADIAN GOVERNMENTS: HANDS OFF GREY SEALS!
http://www.antisealingcoalition.ca/GreySeals/email_for_grey_seals.php

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