Most people think that the slaughter of baby seals in Canada is over. It is not. In fact it is worse than ever.
In the last four years the Canadian government has allowed over one and a quarter million baby seals to be brutally slaughtered by clubbing and shooting, with the majority of seals killed aged three months or younger.
This is the largest most brutal slaughter of marine mammals on the planet and brings shame upon Canada. Respect for Animals is committed to ending this brutality.
Opinion polls show that the majority of people in Europe, the US and Canada are opposed to the seal hunt and 73% of British people support a ban on the import of seal products into the UK.
An independent veterinary study concluded that 42% of seals may have been skinned whilst still conscious. The Canadian government not only defends but also promotes this cruelty.
In May 2009 the European Union voted to ban the trade in seal products. This is a very welcome step forward and we hope it sends a clear and loud message to Canada that the brutal act of clubbing and shooting baby seals will no longer be tolerated.
08 April 2010
Twenty-three boats went out to begin killing seals as dawn broke. Despite poor weather conditions earlier on, observers were able to witness the killing.
05 May 2009
Respect for Animals Welcomes Historic Legislation. Strasbourg, 5 May 2009 - Today the European Parliament voted by a large majority to ban the placing on the market of seal products throughout the 27 countries of the EU.
23 March 2009
Despite freezing fog and driving snow observers made it to the ice to witness the carnage. Mark Glover, Respect for Animals’ campaign director was one of the small team of people who made it out to witness the killing.
2 March 2009
As harp seal pups are being born on the ice floes off Canada’s east coast, and seal hunters are preparing for another commercial-scale slaughter at the end of this month,