McCartneys make renewed appeal to end East Coast seal slaughter
Published: Friday, March 24, 2006,
Chris Morris, Canadian Press,
CHARLOTTETOWN (CP) - Canada's East Coast seal
hunt begins at dawn Saturday against a backdrop of emotional
celebrities, angry protesters and hunters determined to
maintain their way of life.
Animal rights groups, led by the Humane Society of the United States,
continued their anti-hunt campaigns Friday by warning that global boycotts
against Canadian seafood are taking hold and costing the nation both money and
"People all around the world are boycotting Canadian seafood until the seal
hunt is ended for good," music legend Paul McCartney said in a video message
from London that was released in Charlottetown.
"Already that seafood boycott has cost Canada many times more than what the
seal hunt brings in."
The former Beatle and his wife, Heather, appealed to the federal government
to end the hunt by implementing a licence buy-back program for hunters.
Both industry and government officials have strongly denied that the boycott
has had any impact on the Canadian seafood industry.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper quickly dismissed the McCartney's comments.
"Unfortunately, we're to some degree the victim of a bit of an international
propaganda campaign," Harper said during a visit to Moncton, N.B.
The McCartneys said they had to
come before the hunt began because it would have broken
their hearts to see such beautiful animals clubbed and
Heather McCartney said she is
shocked the Canadian government has turned a blind eye
to all the protests, boycotts and appeals to end the
"We actually pleaded to the
Canadian government to stop the seal hunt, but they have
refused," she said.
"We're devastated to learn that
325,000 of these harp seals, almost all of them
defenceless babies, will be clubbed and shot to death."
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"We believe the country is acting responsibly and we'll make sure all rules
Fed up sealers on the Iles de la Madeleine are trying to get their own
boycott going, this one against hunt protesters.
Jean-Claude LaPierre, a veteran sealer on the Quebec islands, said hunters
will be asking Atlantic businesses such as helicopter and airplane charters,
restaurants and hotels to consider closing their doors to hunt protesters,
beginning next year.
"We really want to protect our hunt and we believe other people in this
region want to help us," LaPierre said in an interview.
"We're all Canadians. This way we can stand up for our rights."
Although LaPierre said the boycott of hunt protesters would begin in earnest
next year, he said the major fuel supplier at the only airport on Iles de la
Madeleine has already agreed not to refuel helicopters carrying hunt protesters.
However, that may not be a factor in this year's protest.
Members of the Humane Society of the United States, the organization that
brought the McCartneys to the Gulf of St. Lawrence seal nursery earlier this
month, left by boat from North Sydney, N.S., on Friday to be in place on the
gulf ice when the hunt opens.
There is little or no ice in the southern gulf this year, so it appears the
bulk of the hunt will be conducted more to the north, closer to Newfoundland and
Labrador where most of the hunters are from.
At least 325,000 seals, most of them between two weeks and three months old,
will be harvested in this year's hunt, 91,000 of them in the gulf hunt.
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just type "seals, killing, slaughter, petition" in your favorite
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/Call to Canada's New Prime
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www.thepetitionsite.com/Save the Baby Harp Seals
www.thepetitionsite.com/Stop Killing of Seals in Canada
www.thepetitionsite.com/Codie's (11 year old) Save the Seals
Canadian Sea Food
The Annual Slaughter,
Whole Foods Market Defends the Seals,
Sea Shepherd News,
How Whole Foods Market is Enabling Canada's Seal Hunt,
Friends of Animal, 09/04/2005
Restaurants and Chefs Join Canadian Seafood Boycott to Save
on January 11, 2006