CANADIAN HARP SEAL SLAUGHTER
Some people are better with words than others. Constructing original letters is the best thing to do, but not everybody has the time, inclination, or skills to do so. If you want to write a letter or email, but don't want to spend time thinking about it, feel free to copy and/or cut and paste sentences from the example letters (below), as your own.
If you do not have time to write a letter, simply write STOP THE SEAL HUNT and e-mail it to the targeted person, company, or newspaper.
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Example #1- Template for writing to a Politician- Global Action Network
Dear Prime Minister Chrétien:
I am writing to express my condemnation of the commercial seal hunt.
It has become apparent that the Liberal Government of Canada holds no regard for the welfare, or the very survival of the harp and hooded seals species.Your recent decision to authorize the slaughter of more than a million seals over the next three years is outrageous and indefensible. Already, in 2002, you allowed more than 307,000 animals to be slaughtered - the highest kill level we have witnessed since 1967.
I was horrified to learn of the 2001 report produced by an international team of veterinarians, which concludes that up to 42% of seals are skinned alive. It is deplorable that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans received this report, and still has refused to address the problem.
Furthermore, I am aware that more than 660 thoroughly documented violations of the Canadian Criminal Code and Marine Mammal Regulations, including the skinning of live seals, have been submitted to the DFO -and that they have refused to lay a single charge in response.
Equally unacceptable are the recent revisions to the Marine Mammal Regulations, which call for the return of large vessels to the hunt, the establishment of licenses for culling seals, and the reopening of the hunt for blueback hooded seals. Moreover, rather than addressing the problem, the revised MMRs actually legitimize the established practice of shooting several seals prior to ensuring each one is dead.
It is absolutely unacceptable that the federal government of Canada has so deliberately and recklessly encouraged the decimation of a wildlife population that is beloved by people all over the world.
Recent polling clearly shows that close to 80% of Americans and Europeans oppose the seal hunt, with a substantial number willing to boycott Canadian products and tourism as a result. Certainly, your recent actions will guarantee a severe international backlash.
I demand that you act according to the will of the majority of Canadian people, 85% of whom believe that seals under a year of age should be protected from all hunting. End this cruel and unsustainable hunt for harp and hooded seals permanently.
Example #2- Template for writing to a Politician- (L.A. County worker and friend)
Policies regarding the environment seem to be those for which officials least
seek counsel from experts who have spent their professional careers studying
ecosystems, the environment, and practices we MUST implement in order to
sustain our own species's existence, indisputably and highly dependent on
limited natural resources.
You are an intelligent man. If you think about it
for a moment, I'm sure you would agree that it does not make economic,
political, nor ethical sense to make decisions about that which you do not
know. Indeed, elected officials make scores of important decisions and cannot
be expected to be experts on all the topics for which they implement
far-reaching and impactful policies. It is their responsibility, however, to
seek counsel from those who have more expertise than they so that those same
officals might carry out the job for which he or she was elected: that of
implementing informed, responsible decisions.
The Canadian fishing industry has been in crisis since the collapse of the
Northern cod populations in the early nineties. A plethora of evidence points
to the fact that this is due to overfishing. Wouldn't it then be in the
interest of the Canadian government to implement policies that would avoid this
plight- a plight which one of its own industries has brought about itself?
reason the cod population is so low is that the government has been
irresponsible in its policies that have not only allowed for, but have
encouraged over-fishing of the population. Killing harp seals will not bring
this population back. In fact, the opposite is true. The seals prey on a
primary predator of the cod. This is what happens when uninformed people make
decisions that threaten impactful negative effects.
irresponsible policies is cowardice. If and when the cod populations come
back- which will not happen nor be guaranteed by the subsequent killing of the
harp seal population, the government and the fishing industry will face the
same problem. A temporary scapegoat will not fix the problem. I'm sure an
educated gentleman like yourself can comprehend this. There are alternative
industries, potentially very profitable, that can be engaged in so as to avoid
and divert over fishing. I know a number of people with some very good
proposals in this way. It would, however, involve government officials
supporting participation in alternative, profitable industries that would allow
a more sustainable existence with limited natural resources.
I have copied this
message to a number of those officials.
Cherylynn Sara Hoff, L.A. County Commission on Human Relations- (
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