06-seal-hunting
by ecorazzicontributor
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Ellen DeGeneres has increasingly become an ally to animals, and now she has posted a plea on her show’s website for viewers to help her end the seal hunt in Canada.

“Seal hunting is one of the most atrocious and inhumane acts against animals allowed by any government. Canada is allowing the slaughter of a record number of seals in their 2011 hunting season, which is going on right now. The seals are often younger than 3 months old.”

DeGeneres then continued, “This has to stop. To my friends and fans in Canada: please help put a stop to this. Follow the link below to make a donation and send the message that killing innocent animals is wrong. Thank you for your support. Click here!

Currently the Canadian government sanctions the killing of baby harp seals, where their skin is harvested for its fur and use in fashion.

The link takes you to PETA’s website, where they’ve coined the slogan “Stop Seal Hunting in Canada Now.” Donations are accepted on the website, and close to $45, 000 has already been contributed.

  • romika3

    The estimated biomass (population) of harp seal is expected to be 9.5 million animals in 2011, up from 2.5 million in the early ninities. The harvest (not slaughter) is sustainable, legal, and managed. Seals are now requried to be shot and white coats have not been harvested since 1987, that is over 24 years ago. Equating human age and seal age is incorrect. Over 17 organiztions use the Canadain seal hunt to raise funds. These inclucd PETA, HSUS and the SSCS. These organizations make their annual trip to the front to look for the worst video and images to support thier fundraising programs.

    • Phoebe S.

      Killing a sentient being is NOT a harvest; if you choose to call it that you should look at your morals and maybe wonder what has happened to them. Seals are not apples that can be picked up from the ground or plucked from a tree. Killing any seal (be it baby or adult) is NOT necessary. If you look at scientific research it is actually detrimental to the cod stock since the diet of a harp seals consists of only about 3% cod, the remainder of its diet consists of other fishes that actually eat cod and are not commercially fished. Killing seals–in combination with over-fishin–will eventually wipe out your commercial fish stock, much like in Namibia.

      • crumpets are yummy

        Romika3 looks at his morals every day, Im sure we all wish he would get his hand off them. Romika3 vs Ellen DG…I wonder who holds the most sway and will have the most influence?

      • romika3

        “If you look at scientific research it is actually detrimental to the cod stock since the diet of a harp seals consists of only about 3% cod, the remainder of its diet consists of other fishes that actually eat cod and are not commercially fished.” like all the SSCS, PETA etc supporters you get you facts out of a Cracker Jack box.

        archive.nafo.int/open/studies/s21/lawson.pdf

    • Cheryl

      It’s a slaughter. Living beings are being killed. Play with the words anyway you like, it’s a slaughter.

      • romika3

        If you insist, then tomorrow morning I will slaugher the grass in both my front and backyard. Then for lunch I shall slaugher a head cabbage, a tomato, and celery for a salad. I will garnish it with slaughered peppercorns. Thank god I didn’t have to slaugher the salt, it’s a mineral,non living. I don’t want to play with words when I am doing gardening or having lunch.

    • georgina

      Hey romika, how can you make a good video of a seal nursery butchery spree?

      In my opinion, the killing of any sentient being (specially for profit) will always make a horrifying video, but that’s just me romika. Maybe you can share your knowledge on how to make a great video while you kill an infant animal?

      • romika3

        There is no such thing as a “seal nursery butchery spree” that is a reference you have made up for your own purpose. It is referred to as the Canadain seal hunt or in some cases harvest. Regarding videos, fishermen are required to follow a protcal when harvesting. Any hunt is not pretty nor is the processing of animals (cows, sheep, pigs, chickens etc.). One can make two kinds of videos of any of these, one that shows the process or on that is selectively edited to distort the process. PETA, SSCS, HSUS etc choose the latter as it brings in the bucks. If you don’t like the harvest then to bad. Perhaps you live in the midwest and might want to take a hard look at how domestic animals are raised and keep you nose out of the east coast of Canada where most likely you have never set foot and have only learned about the people, the culture, the landscape, the history and the economy by reading PETA, SSCS and HSUS web pages.

      • http://a cool

        Its murdered!!Imagine your own babies being killed in front of you. How will you feel sealers?? How will you feel??!!

  • mister jingles

    ellen de generes is great! hopefully all together united we can stop this criminal murder of innocent seal babies and stop canada’s shame!

    • Vicky

      Get your facts right. IF you didn your research, you would fin dout that Newfoundland does NOT murder baby seals. Years ago they did and they also clubed them. Now it is law to kill MATURED seals by shooting them. What is the difference in shooting a seal and snapping a chickens neck? Not only is the fur used, but every other part of the seal is used as well. Seal meat is a great tasting meat. So many family’s in newfoundland depend on the seal hunt to put food on the table.

      • Phoebe S.

        I think it is you who needs to get the facts straight. Most of the seals killed are under the age of 3 months. Considering that seals have an average life expectancy of about 35 years and seals are genetically every close to dogs, a seal under two years is actually considered to be a pup. A seal at age 3 months is a baby.

        Also, whether the seals are shot or clubbed depends mostly on the preference of the “hunter.” By the way, a scientific study has shown that 41% of the seals are skinned while still alive and conscious.

        And hardly anybody eats the meat of those seals. The carcasses are left on the ice to rot.

        So please get your facts straight before you publish online. You are hurting your credibility big time.

  • Michael Raymer

    http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/editorial-110401-1.html

    “In the interest of appeasing the ecologically ignorant fishermen who have been impoverished by the gross management incompetence of the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), the government has set the highest kill quota ever imposed on the seals with an allowable slaughter of 468,200 harp, Grey, and hood seals. This is an increase of 148,200 over the ridiculously high kill quota of 330,000 seals in 2010.

    Strangely, every year the government sets the quotas higher, although the actual kills have been in general decline each year. The DFO kill quota in 2007 was 275,000 seals and the actual kill was 82,800. In 2008, the DFO raised the quota to 280,000, allowing the sealers, in their last real effort, to kill 217,800 seals thanks to a huge boost in subsidies and government support by former Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn. But in 2009, despite a kill quota of 280,000, the actual kill fell to 72,400. Last year the DFO raised the quota to 330,000, an all time high, and the sealers took their lowest numbers ever with 67,000 kills.”

    Much more, continued at link.

    • romika3

      http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/editorial-110401-1.html

      The above is a link to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society web page. Thier leader Paul Watson, writes in his book “Earthforce” that lies and distorting data is acceptable; he instructs his members to do the same. Based on this alone this site is not a valid source of information on the Canadain Seal Hunt. The poster of this link is also a supporter of SSCS and is a paid poster by the SSCS. It is his job to run interference and post distored data.

      • Michael Raymer

        romika3 is telling his latest lie and distorting the truth. I am not a “paid” supporter of SSCS. romika has said in the past that he has proof, yet he has never provided any. Why? Because he is lying in his teeth. As such, he has absolutely no credibility on this or any subject.

      • crumpets are yummy

        romika3 is simply a supporter of baby seal bashing and will say anything to try and support his cause, all the while trying to bash the people who support the ending of this atrocity.

    • romika3

      ” the ecologically ignorant fishermen ” sorry sir, but you are dead wrong. They know more about the sea through local knowledge that you will ever know. That’s the problem with you arm-chair pretent environmentalists from away, you think you know something, but you know nothing.

  • Isabella M Igloliorte

    The fox hunt in England (formerly), the Bull Run in Spain…innocent animals…we hunt the seal for food and clothing. The Europeans do all this stuff for fun and pleasure…we do this for our existence. Come and live with us and see how much we have to pay, for “white people’s” food and then be thankful for a bit of seal meat for a meal! We have to make a living too, and it’s not for fun!!! Just my thoughts!

    • Michael Raymer

      I would ask that you provide bonafides to support your statements. Who, exactly, is “us”? How is your “existence” compromised, here in the 21st century, by a lack of seal products? Who is THAT thankful for “a bit of seal meat”? And, considering that this is about the Canadian seal hunt, please explain, “We have to make a living too,” as it relates to your country or region.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Mitsuk/714675057 Jennifer Mitsuk

        Northern Canada…….some food is not readily available….fresh meat is a source of food. Perhaps you should study the price of food in the north before you criticize any habits. Luckily there is a hunt in the south to not only support the hunters but to ensure a fish supply

        . …and canada also sells meat, its not just fashion, No babies are killes thats been outlawed for decades, get your facts straight

      • Michael Raymer

        If it’s me you’re replying to, and you didn’t make it clear that it was, what “facts” do I need to get straight? My post was an interogatory to someone I haven’t seen before and a request for clarification. In other words, why are you lashing out at me? I’m just asking some honest and relevant questions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Mitsuk/714675057 Jennifer Mitsuk

    did you see the show? The video? I didn’t…another reason why a PETA member gets a bad rep for their inconsistencies. Not to mention the problems with this article, one has to research the truth for an opinion. Shame on you for posting lies on your site.

  • Vicky

    I think this is the most UNRESEARCHED post i have ever seen. People think newfoundlander’s kill baby seals. WE DONT. People think we club them. WE DONT. What is the difference in killng seals and in killing chickens or cow? Years ago, they did kill baby seals and they did club them, but that is no longer allowed. Now the seal has to be matured, and is shot. There is not difference is going out in boat and shooting a seal and going out and shooting a duck. The videos they show of hunter clubing baby white coats are old and outdated. People need to get their facts RIGHT!!!!

    • crumpets are yummy

      The facts are that the sealers club young seals that are fresh off the boat. To most people they are young, baby seals. of course the Canadians put some spin on this and claim that an adult seal is any seal over 2 weeks old. What a joke!!!!!!!!

  • romika3

    Examples of how organizations use the seal hunt.
    PETA continues to host demonstrations with people dressed up in white sheets (representing white coats), covered in red paint, and being clubbed with a stick. White coats have not been harvested since 1987, 24 years ago, seals are required to be shot!!!!
    In 2010 representatives of the HSUS make one trip to Newfoundland and filmed a white coats crushed in the ice and tried to link it to the seal hunt. They then filmed one boat harvesting and selectively edited to make viewers think that the seals were being clubbed and then left the island. The following week a request for $100,000.00 appeared on their web page.
    The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society SSCS still asks for donations towards their efforts to stop the seal hunt. By admission from Paul Watson they are no longer involved in this protest and have not been to the ice for three years. Where does the money go? It has been suggested by some individuals that it is funnelled to a sub group Seal shepherd based in Toronto Ontario. This is a hate organization that threatens to kill and skin children of fishermen, burn down their houses and set their boats afire.

    • Michael Raymer

      ” It has been suggested by some individuals that it is funnelled to a sub group Seal shepherd based in Toronto Ontario.”

      No, romika, it has been suggested by you. That’s it. You and people like you who spend their time spewing bile that has absolutely no basis in fact or reality. You have no proof for any of your nonsense claims and you make stuff up as you go.

      Personally, I’m to the point where I doubt that anyone at all has threatened any seal murderers, let alone their children. This is just one more fabrication from your fevered imagination.

      Move along folks, nothing to see here.

      • romika3

        Perhaps throught freedom of information you could requst information on that topic from the RCMP and the RNC. That is all I can say on that one. There is no imagination here fella.

      • Michael Raymer

        So, you’re saying that the RCMP and the RNC has proof that SSCS has given money to third-party organizations for the purpose of threatening the lives, families and property of Canadian citizens? Yes or no, is this what you are saying?

        What are the links to this information? Where is it posted? Why have you not, previously, provided these links? Has the RCMP filed criminal charges pertaining to these crimes, and against who? What individuals or organizations have been indicted for these crimes?

        Do you have answers for these romika? No, you don’t, do you?

        And one more question: Can I have a dollar for every time you have whined about the lies and distortions of truth committed by someone OTHER than you?

      • romika3

        “Personally, I’m to the point where I doubt that anyone at all has threatened any seal murderers, let alone their children. This is just one more fabrication from your fevered imagination” It told you where to go to get a record of the reports. However like most of you clowns you avoid any facts that does not support your brainwashed views.

      • Michael Raymer

        No one but you is avoiding facts. It is the responsibility of the accuser to provide them. And then there’s romika. Accusation after accusation with no supporting evidence whatsoever. Just BS little quips like, “It has been suggested by some individuals…”. What individuals? You brought up the RCMP. Now back it up with verifiable facts or shut up.

      • romika3

        Sorry to hurt your feeling. Ask you buddy Paul Watson, perhaps he will give you the answer!!!

      • Michael Raymer

        Paul Watson has given the answers. All that anyone requires. And I’m too busy laughing at you and your feeble attempts at defamation to have any hurt feelings.

      • romika3

        “Paul Watson has given the answers.” sorry to upset you again but by his own admission Paul Watson is a lier. He states this in his book “Earthforce”. From this we can couclude that if Waston says he doesn’t support other organizations then it is a lie, therefore the truth is that he does.

      • Michael Raymer

        romika, why are you calling other people liars? It has been established time after time that you and honesty have parted company, never to reunite. And the fact that you would carry on this charade after the blatant lies you have told about me in particular is mind-boggling. Give it up. The only liar anyone needs to worry about around here is you.

        Now, provide proof for your claims above or shut up.

      • Michael Raymer

        And BTW, SSCS has been given 4 Stars again by Charity Navigator.

        http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/news-110411-1.html

        http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=5784

        So keep prattling on about an organization that has more integrity than you do. No one is listening, but that never stopped you before.

        And with that, I’m giving you a 2 week vacation. I have an out of town job and I won’t be able to check in to see what latest stunt you’re trying to pull. I’m sure it will be worth a lot of yucks when I get back though. I’m under no illusions that you are going to actually answer the direct questions put to you.

      • romika3

        http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=5784

        This review is only based on thier books and nothing else. Watson takes $96,000. He says he takes no salary, looks like we have caught him in another lie.

        http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/news-110411-1.html

        This link is to the SSCS web page. As pointed out in previous posts by myself and others everything on this page is stilted, adjusted, outright lies, dated video and photos, selectively edited videos, tall tales, a collection of Watson’s babblings and at least 30 donate buttons.

  • AnimuX

    I always have to laugh when I see posts from people who support the seal hunt claiming every statement made by environmentalists is “not researched” when the DFO actually limits the number of observers every year and suppresses scientists to prevent further “research”.

    Apparently the EU found there was plenty enough “research” to deem the hunt inherently cruel and ban the import of seal products from Canada.

    Even calling this slaughter a “hunt” is ridiculous. These animals don’t get an opportunity to run away. They’re much too young to avoid human beings which is why you can watch a seal killing bastard walk right up to a baby seal before he bashes in its skull. This is no more a hunt than stepping on puppies or kittens and crushing their heads could be considered a hunt.

    The sick individuals who kill baby seals have been filmed shooting, and wounding – not instantly killing, the animals. They’ve been recorded bashing in the skulls of the baby seals with haikpiks which _IS_ a practice still done today in places where a rifle is not permitted. They’ve been recorded skinning the animals alive in their haste to get as many skins as quickly as possible. They’ve been recorded leaving most of the bleeding carcasses out on the ice because, after all, the slaughter is for a niche market for the fashion industry. It’s for the skin and NOT for nutritional subsistence (although the DFO has tried desperately to find buyers for the seal meat so it can claim otherwise).

    The DFO also produces propaganda in order to justify its political backing of this completely unnecessary slaughter by claiming the seals are preventing the recovery of cod (after the cod was wiped out by overfishing thanks to the DFO’s lax regulations). Of course, there is no actual “peer reviewed” proof that seals prevent cod from recovering and the scientists that suggest seals are NOT negatively affecting cod are silenced by the government.

    The government of Canada has subsidized this trade for decades in opposition to the majority of Canadian citizens who want this to stop. Yet, every season the money is wasted because the seal skin industry is a failed industry. Regardless, the government will continue making up reasons to justify the slaughter because it wins votes from the sick people of Newfoundland. The kind of sick people who take pleasure in crushing the skulls of baby animals for money.

    “…there is no evidence that increased seal predation of juvenile cod led to the recent decline and subsequent closures of several cod fisheries.”
    - A. Sinclair, R.Myers and J.Hutchings, 1995; Also see R.Myers and N.Cadigan, 1995.

    “All scientific efforts to find an effect of seal predation on Canadian groundfish stocks have failed to show any impact. Overfishing remains the only scientifically demonstrated conservation problem related to fish stock collapse.”
    - From a petition signed by 97 scientists from 15 countries at the 11th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Dec.1995

    “The collapse of the cod stocks was due to over-fishing. It had nothing to do with the environment and nothing to do with seals.”
    - Ransom Myers, former Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans scientist.

  • romika3

    A few points:

    - The EU vote came on the eave of an election.

    - “These animals don’t get an opportunity to run away.” seals do not have legs, they have fippers

    - “The sick individuals who kill baby seals have been filmed shooting, and wounding – not instantly killing, the animals.” PETA, HSUS, SSCS etc look for the worst and selectively edit.

    - ” They’ve been recorded bashing in the skulls of the baby seals with haikpiks which _IS_ a practice still done today in places where a rifle is not permitted.” seals are requried to be shot and there is no place where rifles are not permitted.

    - There is now a strong market for fur, oil, and a develping market for meat.

    - The harvest has nothing to do with cod fish, it is about harvesting a sustainable resource. Seals do eat cod, there was a video showing such posted on this site in January.

    - There is not such term as “baby seal”. That term is used to pull at heart strings an generate more donations.

    - “it wins votes from the sick people of Newfoundland. The kind of sick people who take pleasure in crushing the skulls of baby animals for money.” The population of Newfoundland and Labrador is only 500,000 the government doesn’t need our votes. The people of Newfoundland and Labrador are not sick and do not take pleasure in crushing skulls of baby animals for money, this is your statement meant to create hate and demonize a people. This tactic is used by PETA, SSCS, HSUS and other groups as a way of justifying their cause.

    • Michael Raymer

      A few more points:

      “- The EU vote came on the eave of an election.”

      Yup, it’s called the will of the people. You find that sort of thing in a democracy.

      “PETA, HSUS, SSCS etc look for the worst and selectively edit.”

      Why is the worst so easy to find? If these atrocities aren’t happening, there wouldn’t be anything to edit, selectively or otherwise.

      “- There is now a strong market for fur, oil, and a develping market for meat.”

      The EU and China would seem to disagree with you.

      “- The harvest has nothing to do with cod fish,”

      Your seal-clubbing buddies disagree with you.

      “- There is not such term as “baby seal”.”

      Yes there is. It applies to seals who are still babies.

      ” The people of Newfoundland and Labrador are not sick and do not take pleasure in crushing skulls of baby animals for money,”

      “Mr. Speaker, I would like to see the 6 million seals, or whatever number is out there, killed and sold, or destroyed and burned. I do not care what happens to them…the more they kill the better I will love it.” – John Efford, former Newfoundland Fisheries Minister and Federal Minister of Natural Resources

      • romika3

        Sorry, but your’re trying to fit a square pegs in round holes. it doesn’t work.

  • crumpets are yummy

    - There is now a strong market for fur, oil, and a develping market for meat.

    In your dreams. Eu has bbanned seal products and it looks as though China is about to follow suit.

    - “These animals don’t get an opportunity to run away.” seals do not have legs, they have fippers

    Wow, what major point you just made there. Desperate.

    • romika3

      Really!!!!!

  • crumpets are yummy

    $46,601.27 raised already…thats probably more than what the Canadian seal hunt is worth to the Canadian economy. No wait…when you take into account the $ amount of seafood boycotts that takes away from the Canadian economy, this donation money is way more!

    • romika3

      So what are you trying to say? You know nothing about the fishing sector.

  • Gil Theriault

    Degeneres is just another celebrity that was fooled by animalists groups so they can fill their bank account… she doesn’t know a thing about the seal hunt and it shows.
    You want to learn about it, watch “The Hidden Faces of The Seal Hunt”, watch that topo by Rex Murphy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9O8Ea0ejAs
    or the interview given by Paul Watson in 1978 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_gTBDFTXE0

    You’re still against it? Fine, but then, become vegan and be against all use of every animal.

    Other than that, only manipulators and misinformed people are against the seal hunt.