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Media Advisory/Available for Comment: Humane Society International on Location to Document Commercial Seal Hunt

Apr 9 2013 12:00AM



MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwired) -- 04/09/13 -- The Humane Society International Protect Seals Team is on location to document the cruelty of Canada's commercial seal slaughter.

WHAT: Canada's commercial seal slaughter opened in the "front" half an hour before sunrise on Tuesday, April 9. Broadcast quality video and stills will be available for media download.

WHERE: The "front" (waters northeast of Newfoundland, Canada).

WHO: Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of Humane Society International/Canada has witnessed the seal slaughter for the past 15 years.

HOW: Email or call media contact below to receive broadcast quality b-roll and stills.


- With global markets for seal products closing, Canada increasingly stands alone in its promotion of the seal slaughter.

- National polling consistently shows the overwhelming majority of Canadians want the commercial seal slaughter to end, and oppose the Canadian government using tax dollars to promote the sealing industry.

- 2010 Ipsos Reid polling shows that 50 percent of Newfoundland sealers holding an opinion support a federal sealing industry buyout, a plan in which sealers would be compensated for their licenses, and funds invested in economic alternatives in the communities involved.

- Government landings reports confirm that more than 98 percent of seals killed in Canada's annual slaughter are less than 3 months old.

- Veterinary reports consistently reveal high levels of animal suffering in commercial sealing, and a landmark veterinary study released in Oct. 2012 concluded bans on seal product trade are justified on ethical grounds.

- A leading Canadian government scientist has publicly called for a reduction in the harp seal quota of at least 100,000 to address the impacts of climate change on ice-dependent harp seals in recent years.

- Independent scientists warn that reckless kill levels authorized by the Canadian government, paired with the impacts of climate change on the ice dependent harp seals, poses a serious ecological threat to the survival of harp seal populations.

- Sealers are commercial fishermen who, on average, earn less than 5 percent of their annual incomes from sealing; the remainder comes from seafood such as crab, shrimp and lobster.

Humane Society International/Canada is a leading force for animal protection, with active programs in companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, marine mammal preservation, farm animal welfare and animals in research. HSI/Canada is proud to be a part of Humane Society International which, together with its partners, constitutes one of the world's largest animal protection organizations. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide - on the Web at

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Dean Pogas

Source: Marketwire

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