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International Day of Protest Against the Canadian Seal Hunt TODAY!

International Day of Protest Against the Canadian Seal Hunt
March 15 More information and resources on our website: www.seashepherd.org
International Day of Protest Against the Canadian Seal Hunt
March 15 More information and resources on our website: www.seashepherd.org

Sea Shepherd supporters along with other caring and concerned citizens around the world will be faxing and e-mailing Canadian Government politicians and officials voicing their strong opposition to the slaughter of 350,000 baby harp and hood seals.

NOTE: new email address for John Efford, former Newfoundland MP  efford.j@parl.gc.ca and the Ministry of Fisheries & Oceans Canada  min@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Fax - email and or send your letters of protest to: (Sample letter at end of email.)
1. Paul Martin has the power to stop the hunt. Let him know he needs to do his job to protect our oceans!

Office of the Prime Minister - The Hon. Paul Martin

80 Wellington Street,

Ottawa, K1A 0A2

fax: 613-941-6900
e-mail:  pm@pm.gc.ca

2. Former NFLD Fisheries Minister & now the Minister of Natural Resources Canada. He is more dangerous to the seals than ever!

John Efford, MP

House of Commons,

Parliament Buildings

Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
T: 613-992-4133,

Fax: 613-992-7277,

email:  efford.j@parl.gc.ca

This is what Mr. Efford really thinks of seals and fisheries management! "Mr. Speaker, I would like to see the six million... whatever number is out there, killed or sold, or destroyed or burned. I do not care what happens to them. What they (the fishermen) wanted was to have the right to go out and kill the seals. They have that right, and the more they kill the better I will love it."

3. Ministry responsible for setting seal quotas and inforcing violations of the Marine Mammal Regulations.

Minister of Fisheries & Oceans Canada -

Mr. Geoff Regan

Station 13228, 200 Kent St, 13th Floor,

Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E6

Fax (613) 990-1866,

e-mail:  regan.g@parl.gc.ca  min@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca



4. Tina Fagan - The spokesperson for seal killing, she will defend any action a sealer takes on the ice.

The Canadian Sealers Association

Tina Fagan, Executive Director of CSA
P.O. Box 8005, St. John's, NL,

Canada A1B 3M7

Tel:(709)722-1721,

Fax:(709)738-1661

E-mail address:  sealers@canada.com,

Website:  http://www.sealers.nf.ca/





5. Send your letters, faxes and e-mails to Canadian Embassies and Consulates. Canadian Embassies and Consulates must report to the seat of parliament in Ottawa, Canada each month - let them send a report that the citizens of their host country are asking the Canadian government to STOP THE SLAUGHTER OF BABY HARP AND HOOD SEALS!
 http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/world/embassies/cra-en.asp

6. Letters to the Editor are very powerful! Your letters are important to them and have impact!



The Telegram
Columbus Drive - P.O. Box 5970

St. John's - Newfoundland

A1C 5X7 Canada

 jwalsh@thetelegram.com
 rwanger@thetelegram.com

 letters@thetelegram.com



The Globe and Mail
444 Front Street West,
Toronto, Ontario,
M5V 2S9

 Letters@GlobeAndMail.ca



Ottawa Citizen

1101 Baxter Road

Box 5020

Ottawa, ON

 letters@thecitizen.canwest.com



Vancouver Sun
Letters to the Editor
#1-200 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC
V6C 3N3

 sunletters@png.canwest.com



The Toronto Star

One Yonge Street

Toronto,Ontario

M5E 1E6

 lettertoed@thestar.ca



7. Contact your local, regional or federal representative. Set up a meeting to discuss your opposition to the Canadian Seal Hunt.
8. Forward this email on to those interested in saving our oceans!

THANK YOU! For Stopping this Bloodshed and FOR STANDING UP FOR THE RIGHTS OF BABY HARP AND HOOD SEALS TO LIVE IN PEACE ON THE ICE FLOES OF EASTERN CANADA.


For the Oceans!
Capt. Paul Watson
Sea Shepherd/ORCAForce Canada

P.O Box 2616, Friday Harbor WA 98250 t: 360.370.5650
P.O. Box 48446, Vancouver BC V7X 1A2 t: 604.688.7325
Email:  info@seashepherd.org
www.seashepherd.org



SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Prime Minister Paul Martin:

I write to you as a supporter of Sea Shepherd and along with millions of supporters worldwide to call your immediate attention to Stop the Seal Hunt that is currently being conducted on the east coast of Canada primarily off the shores of Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Prince Edward Island.

In this "seal cull", small baby harp and hood seals are hunted down in their nurseries on the ice floes then systematically slaughtered with clubs, hakapiks, rifles and shotguns. Sanctioned by the government of Canada, and permitted by provincial authorities, up to 350,000 defenseless baby seals are killed annually in this manner. In addition, tens of thousands of these beautiful mammals are killed and not accounted for as they are clubbed or shot and slip into the ice to their deaths by drowning.

I oppose this hunt on both welfare and conservation grounds. The unsustainable slaughter of these newborns will one day leave the coasts of Canada bereft of the beauty these animals bring to your people. It is unclear whether these migrating populations of harp and hood seals can survive the intensity of this hunt that is poorly regulated, unsustainable and breathtakingly cruel.

The killing floes where the slaughter occurs are a devastating trail of endless red as sealers slaughter babies in front of their nursing mothers. Whether they bleed to death from a hakapik, club, or are shot with rifles and shotguns, the seals suffer an agonizing and terrifying death through these methods.

Although the hunt occurs largely out of public sight on the ice floes, crewmembers of Sea Shepherd have witnessed first hand the inhumanity of the killing methods used in Canada on these sentient marine mammals.

As you will be aware, seal watching on the ice floes is growing in eastern Canada, where it is not only a popular activity for locals and tourists alike, but is also a financially viable alternative to butchering baby seals. No public relations campaign within Canada can hide what is occurring on the killing floes, even if the public rarely sees what happens.

The 'Seal Hunt' turns Canada's pristine wilderness into a bloodbath, and as such, are a direct threat to a real and valuable seal watching industry that is growing worldwide, along with a growing respect and care for marine life.

This hunt is an archaic and traditional practice that has to be heavily subsidized by the federal Canadian government in order to be sustained. In some communities, the seal hunt is maintained merely to satisfy the needs of a few fishermen who supplement their incomes from this brutal practice.

Your Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) insists that the seals must die so that cod populations can increase. The DFO's position is that the harp seal is a major predator of the cod, yet there is little scientific justification for this position.

When the first European explorers landed on the East coast of Canada there was no shortage of cod, and there were an estimated 30 million seals. Today, there are under 5 million and numbers continue to decline.

With cod populations at less than 1% of pre-Columbian levels, and with the collapse of the cod industry, the seal has become the scapegoat for the excesses of the Canadian and foreign drag trawler fleets that plundered the Grand Banks for decades, and left very little behind.

This bureaucratic ordered destruction of the seals has no place in the 21st Century.

We are calling for an end to the baby harp and hood seal hunt. The public outcry that occurs worldwide whenever the images from this slaughtering of seals are publicized will not go away.

The dedication of individuals committed to ending this barbaric practice will not go away.

Sea Shepherd is working to raise the awareness of the people of the world and in particular in Canada, most of whom do not realize that this hunt still takes place within their country. And, who are outraged when they learn their tax dollar is supporting this hunt.

I appreciate your immediate attention to my concerns.

Yours truly,
Seal Cull? Hang your head in shame Canada! 11.Apr.2004 21:46

S Thorp

To the Government of Canada - have you no shame? You are, supposedly, amongst the most civilised countries of the world. Do not let yourself down and the citizens within. Do not spoil the wonderful image which the rest of the world has of you by allowing this savage, brutal, cruel and unnecessary act of murdering seals and their babies. It isn't necessary - it's down to money at the end of the day. If you are trying to do this for the benefit of the citizens of Canada then I suggest you have a poll and see just how many people would want this action on their behalf. If you do go ahead with this, then maybe you should started allowing young children to work down the mines, or take the right to vote off women. How about bringing back aparthide. After all, this cull will just show how uncivilised you are.