~ SEALING FICTION VS SEALING FACTS ~
Seals are a significant source of income for thousands of families in remote coastal communities in Eastern Canada, at a time of year when employment opportunities are extremely limited.
6,000 individuals hold sealing licenses in Canada. Less than 3,000 individuals in all of the Eastern Canadian provinces combined, participate in the slaughter of seals each season. Regardless of what the DFO and special interests are saying, wind, hydro, oil and other technologies are available RIGHT NOW in Newfoundland & Labrador and
elsewhere in Atlantic Canada, to provide FULL-TIME jobs for those who would lose SEASONAL work amounting to less than a few thousand dollars, if sealing ended tomorrow. Sealers have turned down offers to buy back their sealing licenses and have REFUSED all-expenses' paid training programs, which would prepare them for professions other than sealing.
Sealers have stated that their income from sealing represents from 25-35%
of their total income.
The annual seal massacre represents less than 3% of sealers' yearly income,
with fishing making up the rest.
The sealing industry is worth over $55 million to our provincial economy.
The seal slaughter actually brings in less than $1 million annually. Factor in taxpayer subsidies to the sealing industry and that figure drops to ZERO, with the government in the red to the tune of $9 million, yearly.
The DFO historically stockpiles 100s of thousands of seal pelts in warehouses, which are then burned or buried in landfills at taxpayers' expense. Why? To keep the price of pelts artificially high in an attempt to CREATE a market for seal products few want. The Canadian government continues to use taxpayer money to subsidize a "hunt" that less than 3,000 individuals participate in each season, and which represents less than 3% of their yearly income. However, the cost of this BUTCHERFEST to Canadian taxpayers' living outside of Atlantic Canada's sealing provinces, is at least $10 MILLION, ANNUALLY. [Sealers claim they do not receive subsidies -- another whopping lie.]
The harp seal population is healthy, sustainable and rapidly growing.
Official estimates for harp seal populations released by the DFO, vary WILDLY,
from 5.4 million up to 9 million.These figures are completely unreliable
"guesstimates" based on erroneous, unscientific and biased information.
Final "kill counts" for years 2006-2010 do not support the DFO's fantasy of a growing, healthy population of seals. The kill quota was dropped from a high of 350,000 seals in 2006, to 280,000 in 2007. And only 70% of the 280,000 quota was reached in 2008. The 2010 kill quota of 330,000 set by the DFO, yielded less than 20% of that number. Kill quotas for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 were all DOWN by TENS OF THOUSANDS OF SEALS -- for each of those years.
Seal populations have dramatically declined due to mass slaughter, global warming and other negative environmental factors, as well as depleted food sources caused by irresponsible and rapacious fishing practices--DFO policies--which continue to blame the seals for lower fish yields.
No ice pans were reported in the areas around the Magdalen Islands in 2007, a scenario which continues to be repeated as ice floes melt earlier each year. As a result, adult females who need the ice for nurseries, are instead forced to give birth to their seal pups in the open sea. 100s of thousands of infants have drowned. 2011 is no exception, as a recent fly-over by DFO biologists confirmed; the Gulf of St. Lawrence is nearly ice free. Infant mortality rates are expected to be astronomical -- yet the slaughter will go on, regardless.
Harvesting whitecoats and bluebacks is illegal and has been since 1987.
Whitecoats are allowed an extra WEEK OR TWO OF LIFE [approximately 14 days total] before being brutalized and murdered; unlike their predecessors who were slaughtered within the first 4 days, before showing signs of shedding their pristine white coats.
Research on the modern sealing industry by veterinary experts has concluded that seals are harvested in a humane manner.
There IS no "modern" sealing industry. Seals have been killed by using the exact same barbaric methods utilized for the last 500 years. These so-called vet "experts" are hired by the DFO. They can hardly be expected to give truthful and unbiased opinions which conflict with their employer-- not if they ever want to practice in Atlantic Canada again.
If the DFO truly BELIEVED seals have a history of being killed humanely, why did they decide in 2008 to allegedly implement a new "technique" requiring the severing of the main arteries behind the seals' flippers, ensuring the animals bleed out prior to being skinned? A method which is virtually unenforceable because no "officials" oversee the slaughter.
There are reams of photographic evidence showing seals being skinned alive or repeatedly bashed with their skulls crushed in, as they wail in agony and attempt to drag themselves away. This is the very reason why animal advocates have been arrested, imprisoned and banned for photographing this bloodfest. There IS NO SUCH THING AS HUMANE SLAUGHTER, particularly when it occurs en masse, and the DFO knows it.
[According to sealers every bit of footage has been expertly edited by AR people in order to make them look like monsters.]
The Canadian Government invited the whole world to observe the "hunt" and when their international guests were repulsed and openly critical of the extreme, twisted viciousness they witnessed, the DFO immediately BANNED ALL MEDIA AND OUTSIDERS, making it a crime to observe and photograph this grotesquely obscene act of mass depravity.
Boycotting ***ONLY EASTERN CANADA*** is the MOST effective means to stop commercial sealing for good, because it is the ONLY approach that takes money DIRECTLY FROM THE POCKETS OF SEALERS, and the small businesses within their communities which support sealing.
~WHY THE CANADIAN SEAFOOD BOYCOTT HAS FAILED AND WILL NEVER WORK~
7 years have passed since the boycott began. Boycotting Canadian seafood has proven ineffective. WHY? Because many commercial fishers /sealers have other lucrative markets for their seafood -- Europe being the largest. Therefore they will never be "broken" financially by an American boycott of their 'products.'
~WHY A GENERAL BOYCOTT OF CANADA WILL NEVER WORK~
Boycotting all of Canada is not only unfair, it DILUTES the power of such a strategy because it does NOT target the GUILTY! It will not work because it does NOTHING to hone in on, and financially penalize the REAL culprits -- those doing the killing -- specifically, EASTERN CANADA!
~WHY PLEADING TO THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT WILL NOT WORK~
The Canadian government supports sealing by giving away $10 million in tax subsidies, yearly, to an industry consisting of 3,000 individuals. They have historically, consistently and belligerently, PROTECTED the sealing industry while the majority of Canadians are AGAINST IT. They are OBSTACLES and must be BYPASSED, NOT PANDERED TO.
TARGETING SEALERS FOR BOYCOTT, WITH THEIR SMALL TOWN ECONOMIES, DIRECTLY BYPASSES GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION!
It doesn't matter how much the government subsidizes sealers for the few weeks they are out rampaging on the ice, if a sealer isn't able to survive the rest of the year, he will be forced to give up sealing and get a REAL JOB! And make no mistake, there are plenty of good jobs to be had in Newfoundland/Labrador [unlike the absolute lies told by the DFO and locals]. Hydro and wind technologies are high paying positions -- and they are looking for trainees!
Sealers murder because it is THEIR CHOICE and for NO OTHER REASON
BOYCOTT SEAFOOD -- ALL SEAFOOD -- NOT JUST CANADIAN
Buying seafood--ANY seafood--supports seal, dolphin and whale slaughter,
worldwide. Better yet -- GO VEGAN!
Concentrate the boycott on EASTERN CANADA--sealing provinces ONLY.
They are the ones KILLING and they are the ones which MUST BE HELD
Let EASTERN CANADIAN tourism boards KNOW you are boycotting seafood,
tourism, goods/services and internet trade to their provinces until the slaughter is outlawed:
[info at bonjourquebec dot com]
NOVA SCOTIA TOURISM
[info at nstourism dot com]
MAGDALEN ISLANDS TOURISM
[info at tourismeilesdelamadeleine dot com]
NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR TOURISM
[tourisminfo at mail dot gov dot nf dot ca]
I, my friends, family and associates will be boycotting ALL goods, services and travel to Canada's EAST COAST PROVINCES. We will do everything within our power to force an end to your mindless destruction of Harp and Grey seal populations. I sincerely hope that the specter of a sharp economic decline will help you realize that these animals are
valuable; they are revered, not for the currency their body parts bring, but because they have a right to their lives; to a peaceful existence, the same right which you so arrogantly afford yourselves, but deny your victims. When the slaughter stops, the money will flow.
SEALERS PROPAGANDA WEBSITE
EMAIL SEALERS AND TELL THEM WHAT YOU THINK!
EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR THE SEALING NETWORK:
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Office of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter."
~ Martin Luther King Jr.
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
~ George Orwell
Animal Rights--Rational, not Radical.
~ Brennan Browne
The concept of 'animal rights' values the simple premise that ALL living
creatures have a "right" to be allowed to live their lives without
victimization--free from brutality. It is a right that EVERY being
~ Brennan Browne
THE GOVERNMENT’S COVERT, BUT TRUE, DEFINITION OF TERRORISM:
Any act which threatens to take political or corporate power/profits
from the status quo.
~ Brennan Browne
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