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      Canada's cruel seal hunt set for March, HELP STOP IT:

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      I have distressing news: Late this March, Canada will again proceed with the largest commercial slaughter of marine mammals on the planet. During last year's hunt, nearly 318,000 seals were killed on Canadian ice. A shocking 98.5% were just two months of age or younger -- many of them were probably skinned while still conscious and able to feel pain.

      You stood with The Humane Society of the United States in 2005 as we mobilized thousands of supporters to send a clear message to the Canadian government and the fishing industry it tacitly supports: We will not tolerate the cruel slaughter of more than 300,000 seals every year, and we will do whatever it takes to stop it.

      Once again, The HSUS will be on the front lines in Canada, fighting this atrocity. You've already signed our pledge to boycott Canadian seafood, and today we need your help to spread the word. Please take just a minute to send a message to your friends and family, asking them to sign the pledge to boycott Canadian seafood.

      Don't Buy While Seals Die: Boycott Canadian Seafood.

      Help save the baby seals by asking your friends to sign the pledge to boycott Canadian seafood. Your simple act could help end the seal hunt forever.

      Every person who signs the pledge adds to the growing number of concerned and outraged individuals worldwide who want this hunt stopped forever. Their collective power is already having an impact. Consider what's happened since last year's hunt:

      a.. The number of restaurants and seafood businesses who have pledged to limit or eliminate their purchases of Canadian seafood has grown to more than 400. They are joined by more than 140,000 individuals.

      b.. The value of Canadian snow crab exports to the United States has plummeted by more than $160 million -- nearly ten times the value of the seal hunt and a 34% drop since the seafood boycott began.

      c.. Since the boycott was announced, some of Canada's largest fishing companies have released financial reports revealing drops in profits. Fisheries Products International, Newfoundland's largest fishing company, is losing so much money that it is considering selling off most of its fishing rights.

      d.. In Europe, where almost all Canadian seal skins are shipped for processing and resale, several nations are taking steps to ban those shipments. At the forefront is Belgium, which has already banned the import of all seal products.

      e.. Just 23 hours after The HSUS's 2005 seal hunt footage was aired on national TV, Greenland's government announced it would stop imports of Canadian seal skins. Canada has exported more than 90,000 seal skins to Greenland over the past two years.
      Canada is sensitive to world opinion, and its fishing industry -- which hunts seals in its off-season -- is vulnerable to the choice of hundreds of thousands of people to boycott Canadian seafood. Although we've made progress, our work is clearly not finished. Taking the pledge is simple and effective. The more people who participate, the better chance we have of ending this slaughter once and for all. Click here to urge your friends to sign the pledge!

      The first stage of the hunt, set to start in late March, will unfold quickly. Once again, The HSUS will be there with our cameras, showing the world the ugly truth of what happens on the ice. We hope that the newly elected Conservative Party government in Canada will work with us to stop the hunt of hundreds of thousands of baby seals.

      You can stay in touch with one of our major animal protection campaigns of the year at www.ProtectSeals.org. There you'll find up-to-the-minute news, videos, and actions throughout the hunt.

      I know that it's painful to think about this awful abuse, but your involvement and action are critical to ending it. Thank you for joining us today in our fight to abolish the cruel seal hunt forever.


      Wayne Pacelle
      President & CEO
      The Humane Society of the United States

      P.S. During the hunt, you can get frequent updates from Rebecca Aldworth, our Director of Canadian Wildlife Issues, who will be on the ice to witness and report on the slaughter. Click here to subscribe to Seal Watch.

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