With tomorrow marking the end of this year’s annual seal hunt in Canada, Bill Maher submitted an opinion piece to the New York Daily News urging our neighbor to the north to stop the slaughter of seals once and for all.
Maher writes, “Canada’s seal ‘hunt’ – which happens every November to June off Canada’s east coast – is the largest slaughter of marine mammals on the planet, leaving tens of thousands of animals dead every year. And let’s be clear: The Canadian government may call it a ‘hunt,’ but impaling baby seals in the jaw with hooks, dragging them across the ice and throwing them into a pile where they choke on their own blood before being skinned isn’t a sport – it’s a massacre. The video of it is like a starter snuff film designed for serial killers.”
The passionate activist took the opportunity to remind readers that even the U.S. Senate, “a group of people who usually can’t agree that the sky is blue,” passed a resolution last year calling for the end of the yearly slaughter. Additionally the EU has banned the sale of seal products and after Russia outlawed the killing of baby harp seals, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said the industry should have been banned a long time ago.
While Maher says he is not typically one to call for boycotting a country, he believes that in light of Canada’s decision to continue the seal hunt, PETA’s “Explore Elsewhere” campaign, which encourages people to not travel to Canada, should be considered.
To read Maher’s letter in its entirety visit nydailynews.com.