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Canadian Seal Slaughter

Cruel Canadian seal hunt begins again :(

Cruel Canadian seal hunt begins again :(

Posted 23 April 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: seals, fur, Canada, Canadian seal slaughter, take action

Every Spring, large numbers of pregnant harp seals come together on the Canadian ice floes to give birth to their pups. Baby harp seals are born with soft white fluffy fur. This white coat will protect them for the first two weeks of their life ...

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At around 12 days of age, a baby harp seal starts shedding his fuzzy white coat for a darker, sleeker one. However, he will still need to spend some time on the ice, saving his energy and losing his baby blubber before he can swim with the other seals. It's during this time that the annual Canadian seal hunt begins.

And I hate to be the one to tell you this, but that time is now.

Can you believe that as soon as baby seals start shedding their white coats, they can legally be killed by seal hunters? And as if killing helpless baby animals wasn't bad enough, the way they are killed is horrific. Seals are brutally beaten to death or shot by hunters. They will then be skinned for their furs.

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We can do something to help stop this cruel seal hunt. Please sign the petition to show Canada what Aussies think of this horrific slaughter, and most importantly – spread the word. The more people that know about this, and speak out against it, the greater impact we can have for seals.

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But seals are not the only animals to be killed for their skins. You might be shocked to learn that millions of animals you would consider to be loved family members – cats, dogs and rabbits for example – are killed for their fur. What's more, a cow needs her skin just as much as a dog, cat, rabbit or seal needs theirs. Leather costs lives too :(

ALL animals killed for their skins need us to step up and refuse to buy products that deal in cruelty and suffering. And with so many cruelty-free options out there, there's no reason not to! If you're with me on this, take the pledge to wear your own skin and let animals keep theirs.

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Show Canadian Seals: Aussies Care Too!

Show Canadian Seals: Aussies Care Too!

Posted 18 March 2010   by Sim         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: Canadian seal slaughter, seals, fur, Canada, take action, petition

Hi! I'm Sim, I'm new to Unleashed and let me just say, the brutal killing of baby seals before they aren't even two weeks old really upsets me!

See, every year the Canadian government allows hundreds of thousands of baby seals to be killed by hunters on the ice floes of Canada. It's basically the largest mass killing of marine mammals anywhere in the world. But that's not the worst of it -- the way these seals are killed is absolutely horrific -- clubbed on the head or shot for their pelts -- and due to the carelessness of hunters, some are even skinned alive.

PHOTOS: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Last month Matt.Y had a great idea by suggesting we contact the Vancouver Olympic Committee and asking them to put pressure on the Canadian Government to stop the slaughter. But with the hunt about to start, and the Olympics now over, these seal pups still desperately need our help.

Here in Australia we can do something else to help end this killing. Please sign the petition to show Canada what Aussies think of this cruel slaughter -- and get as many of your friends as you can to also sign.

Most importantly, seals, like all animals killed for their fur, need us to step up and refuse to buy any products with fur on them. If you're with me on this, take the pledge to wear your own skin -- and let the seals keep theirs!

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This Olympic Snowboarder Saves Lives

This Olympic Snowboarder Saves Lives

Posted 24 February 2010   by Jesse         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: Hannah Teter, sport, snowboarding, Winter Olympics, veg, Canadian seal slaughter, seals

So the Winter Olympics are coming to a close. I don't know about you, but I keep watching The Games thinking how much fun it would be to try some of those sports out. I think I've decided the skeleton is for me :-P

Anyway, with one very impressive run down the halfpipe and a gold medal around her neck, Torah Bright has become a household name. Not to mention scoring herself a place on a stamp. Top marks to her.

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But I wanted to take a moment to tip my hat to the girl who won the silver medal in the halfpipe, Hannah Teter. This warm-hearted winter Olympian is a passionate vegetarian, and has said: "My plant-based diet has opened up more doors to being an athlete. It's a whole other level that I'm elevating to. I stopped eating animals about a year ago, and it's a new life. I feel like a new person, a new athlete."

And for this veggie powered athlete her compassion doesn't stop at her plate. When she's not busting out 360's on the halfpipe Hannah is busy endorsing eco-friendly sponsors, raising funds to help homeless AIDS victims in Kenya, donating her prize money to the Haiti relief appeal, and speaking out against the Canadian seal slaughter.

Way to go Hannah! I may not have a gold medal to give you, but you definitely deserve a gold star for your efforts.

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Help Save Seals' Skins!

Help Save Seals' Skins!

Posted 14 February 2010   by _Matt         Permalink | 8 Comments

Tags: Canadian seal slaughter, seals, fur, Winter Olympics, Canada, take action, guest blog

The Winter Olympic Games: It's an event scribbled in bold on every Australian's calendar, counted down to, day-by-day, from the closing ceremony 4 years ago. For 2 weeks straight, Australians sit glued to the television, with little on their mind other than the absolute excitement that is curling, being beamed from the other (and much colder) side of the world.

OK! So maybe it's not! But the location of The Games this year offers us, and more importantly animals, a potentially life saving opportunity.

Last year in Canada, over 60,000 baby harp seals were run-down by sealers and mercilessly bludgeoned to death on the ice, their parents watching on in terror and crying in horror. It's estimated that over 95% of the seals clubbed to death last year were less than 3 months old. These animals will never learn to swim and will never chew on their first solid meal.

PHOTOS: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

So what can we do about it?

Well, just like any major event, the organizers want it to run as smoothly as possible - and the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee is no different. One thing they don't want is for the good reputation of the Winter Olympic Games to be tarnished by this cruellest-of-the-cruel hunt, which already hangs over Canada's international reputation.

The Committee carries a lot of political clout, and with their pressure on the Canadian government, we'll be all the closer to having the seal fur industry right where we want them: off the ice for good!

Please write to the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee ([email protected]) and urge them to help bring an immediate end to the seal slaughter by pressuring the Canadian government to end this brutal slaughter for good.

See you guys on the slopes,

Matt. (Guest blogger)

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