Right now, mother harp seals are nursing their young pups on sea ice off Canada’s East Coast.
But the peace on the ice is about to be shattered. Climate change is quickly destroying the seals’ habitat, melting the sea ice before the pups are strong enough to survive in open water.
Then, in just weeks, the seal pups who survive will be subjected to the largest slaughter of marine mammals on earth, in which they will be clubbed and shot for their fur, despite seal products being banned in many markets.
No one can reverse the impacts of climate change in the immediate term, but a responsible government can and should take urgent action to stop the commercial seal hunt.
Please ask Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to act now to save seals.
My comment: For millennia, female seals have been migrating from the Arctic to the east coast of Canada in spring to give birth to their young. Due to global warming, fewer and fewer ice floes are forming on which the animals can be born safely. As a result, many seal mothers have to give birth in the water and drown their baby seals.
In addition to this already precarious situation comes the annual seal massacre, which drastically decimates and endangers the seal population.
The seal hunters go on ice with firearms and barbarian clubs called hakapiks.
Hakapiks are thick wooden bats with a pointed metal hook at the end. Many seals do not succumb to the first blow.
Then the animals throw themselves wildly and scream in pain.
Other completely frightened seals facing the same terrible end must watch.
Hunting against seals has been on the verge of collapse since the EU banned the import of seal products in 2009. Canada has unsuccessfully opposed this ban to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
According to IFAW, the number of active seal hunters has declined dramatically since 2006: 5,594 in 2006, but by 2016 the number of active hunters had dropped to less than 1,000.
The trade ban is only a first step, a general ban on seal hunting must follow.
The fishermen who hunt for the seals earn an average of 5% of their total income from the seal hunt. This is only a small part of their income – and is out of proportion to the damage they cause.
Canadian seal slaughter is one of the most brutal and inhumane things you can imagine.
We cannot allow this to continue. That has to stop.
Activists had repeatedly pushed Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to completely ban the controversial seal hunt.
Seal hunting is already banned in 36 countries around the world. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could change it to make 37 countries.
We have to fight for that.
Please sign this Petition too: https://www.peta.de/robbenjagd-kanada-petition#anchor-Petition
My best regards to all, Venus