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Canada’s Seal Hunt – Bloody Business

If you happen to come upon this blog, you already know the seal hunt is WRONG. Here are some pictures from Rebecca Aldworth (HSI/Canada) who has been writing and documenting the atrocity on the ice. It is simply heartbreaking. Read her full entries here.

An excerpt:

“So often the suffering of the seals during this slaughter is viewed at a distance.

“It takes a special kind of person to club and shoot helpless baby seals.” © HSI/Sanchez, 04-03-09

From the air, from thousands of feet, somehow the pain of the animals does not transmit properly.

You see them wriggling across the ice, blood trailing behind them. You see their mouths open in a silent scream through the camera lens.

But from the ice it is different. You hear their cries, you see them try to escape, you smell the blood and you feel their terror.

Yesterday, the ProtectSeals team travelled to the seal killing area by our boat (a small, rigid, inflatable vessel), documenting the slaughter from 30 meters away. We witnessed so many seals dying a horrible death, as sealers shot at the terrified babies, and then descended on the wounded, struggling animals with wooden bats.

I will never be able to forget the agonizing assault on one seal. The pup was in front of our boat, and a nearby sealing vessel approached. The pup sniffed the air as if sensing danger.

He looked around, and then the first bullet slammed into him. His scream could be heard all across the water. He tried to crawl away but another bullet ripped through his flesh.

His outraged cries echoed as a third and fourth and fifth bullet hit him. Finally, he dove into the water. He did not come back up. The sealers shrugged nonchalantly and moved on.

We looked around frantically for him but he did not surface. Likely, this baby seal would have bled to death slowly and painfully under the water, like tens of thousands of other seals that are “struck and lost” each year in this cruel slaughter.

I want the world to remember this brave seal. His cries of protest are echoing in my mind and I want them to sound across the world. I want everyone to hear as I did the mortal cries of a wounded baby seal who doesn’t understand why he is being hurt.

And hearing those cries, know as I do that this slaughter simply has to stop.”

Images of the bloody business (via Humane Society of the United States):

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3 Responses

  1. wendy schedel says:

    i have never been so ashamed of canadians in my life!

  2. Toni McCarson says:

    These Canadian hunters should really be ashamed of themselves! This is sad and it has to stop! Do they really think they make Canada look good when the once beautiful snow is covered in ugly blood! And killing these innocent helpless babies for money?! How selfish and cruel of these people. Im not completely against hunting, i know the circumstances. But seal hunting is absolutely pointless and pure selfishness. Seals ARE NOT overpopulated. These sealers know the reason they do it is for the money. Every time they exceed the quota and the government doesn’t do anything about it. This hunt is sick and cruel and the people who participate in it must have some bizarre liking to killing. This is one of the saddest things I have ever felt strongly against. I hope sealers are one day very ashamed of what they do. This is my opinion and no one will change or influence it. I will not quit fighting for this until it is completely done! S.O.S! SAVE OUR SEALS!!!

  3. Leena says:

    I am a canadian and I am ashamed to be one!!!!!!!!!! These people should stop this now! Stop the seal hunt now!!! Stupid canadians. Poor seals. I hope these canadians do not rest in peace!

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