Report on seal slaughter: Numbers killed down but cruelty on the increase

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The season’s horrible East Coast seal hunt season draws to a close, the Canadian Press is reporting the number of pups beaten, shot and killed through any means possible was down significantly.

From the story: “” The total number of harp seals killed in the 2011 commercial slaughter was about 38,000 — less than 10 per cent of the allowable catch, set at 400,000. “”

The European Union banned the importation of most seal products last year and the thankfully the United States banned it in 1972. But sadly, with the backing of the Canadian government, the hunt goes on.

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What is cited as the ‘most humane method’ of killing seal pups is anything but humane

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I read this article with disbelief. Headline on Canada.com – “Sealers accused of breaking humane-harvest rules.”

The lead to the article reports some seal hunters have been seen not using “accepted and humane methods in this year’s cull, say animal-welfare groups who have monitored the hunt.” So I thought – ‘What are these accepted and humane methods?’

We know THE humane method of euthanizing sick or injured animals is injection. But I for one was shocked to read the accepted and humane method cited in story is the following: (Warning – very graphic.)

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Young Jackie Evancho sings for the seals

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Talented singer Jackie Evancho, at age 10, has become a spokesperson for stopping the slaughter of baby seals. She possesses compassion for other living things.

How is that this young person can see so clearly what it means to be compassionate – when at the same time we also see people who offer such a stark contradiction to this thought process?

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Why is the Canadian government becoming increasingly anti-animals?

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I recall reading about a recent poll that indicated the Canadian people have a high level of concern for animal welfare. But if this is the case, why is the Canadian government turning – at a seemingly increased level – against animal welfare.

I posted Sunday about the Canadian fisheries division’s outspoken support for beating seal pups to death. Now, a new proposal is in the works to silence animal-welfare charities from speaking out against acts of cruelty, if they want to keep their charitable status.

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Canada’s fisheries division continues to defend its support for cruelty to seal pups

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After a decade of writing about all things animal and concerning stories relating to the abuse of animals, I’ve run across the gamut of story lines. But the people who attempt to defend cruel acts perpetrated against  animals take the prize for putrid punditry.

There are a list of acts on this planet that have no defense. So when some people try to defend dog fighting or greyhound racing or puppy mills or clubbing seal pups to death for profit, they have nothing logical at all to use to support their positions.

This is the case for Canada’s fisheries division and its leader, Gail Shea. I pointed to this story on Saturday, but I found another article this morning about her putrid punditry.

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Canadian Fisheries Minister increases the number of seal pups that can be beaten to death

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The Pack of Putrid Punditry Award for the day goes to Canadian Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, who increased the level of seal pups that can be brutally beaten to death this “season.”

It is callously mislabeled as the “total allowable catch” and the cap now stands at 400,000. It should be called the total allowable brutality.

Sheryl Fink, the Director of International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Seal Program, is quoted in a MarketWire article as saying –

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