International Day of Protest Against the Canadian Seal Hunt
- How you can help by writing emails and letters (sample letter
March 15 More information and resources on website:
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
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
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,
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
This is what Mr. Efford really thinks of seals and fisheries
management! "Mr. Speaker, I would like to see the six million
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@...
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
E-mail address: sealers@...,
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
6. Letters to the Editor are very powerful! Your letters are
important to them and have impact!
Columbus Drive - P.O. Box 5970
St. John's - Newfoundland
A1C 5X7 Canada
The Globe and Mail
444 Front Street West,
1101 Baxter Road
Letters to the Editor
#1-200 Granville Street
The Toronto Star
One Yonge Street
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
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
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
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
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
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.