Every year, at the start of Canada’s annual commercial seal slaughter, sealers begin beating or shooting baby harp seals to death for their soft fur. PETA and kind people all over the world have spoken out against the slaughter, and we’re making great progress. In 2006, sealers killed about 350,000 seals. In just 10 years, that number had dropped to 35,000. Only a few hundred sealers have participated in the slaughter in recent years. Because of a lack of markets for seal products, the slaughter is costing Canada millions more to support than it earns, and seal fur processors admit that they are stockpiling pelts because they can’t sell them. Still, tens of thousands of seals are expected to be killed in the coming weeks.
This is the year that we can stop the slaughter.
Canada’s new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, supports many progressive social issues, and now we’re urging him to extend his compassion further and usher in a new era of kindness and fiscal responsibility by ending federal subsidies of the commercial seal slaughter.
Even if you have spoken up for seals before, please send a message to Prime Minister Trudeau and let him know that the power to stop this atrocity is in his hands—and that the world is ready for Canada to stop slaughtering baby seals.