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International Day of Protest Against the Canadian Seal Hunt

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    How you can help by writing emails and letters (sample letter enclosed): March 15 More information and resources on website: www.seashepherd.org or
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      How you can help by writing emails and letters (sample letter
      enclosed):

      March 15 More information and resources on website:
      www.seashepherd.org
      or http://www.harpseals.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@... and the Ministry of Fisheries & Oceans Canada
      min@...

      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@...

      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@...

      This is what Mr. Efford really thinks of seals and fisheries
      management! "Mr. Speaker, I would like to see the six millionÂ…
      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@... min@...
      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@...,
      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@...
      rwanger@...
      letters@...

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

      Ottawa Citizen
      1101 Baxter Road
      Box 5020
      Ottawa, ON
      letters@...

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

      The Toronto Star
      One Yonge Street
      Toronto,Ontario
      M5E 1E6
      lettertoed@...

      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@...
      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,
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