Every year, the Canadian government allows sealers to shoot and smash in the heads of baby seals. As a result of international outrage, the commercial slaughter is now a shadow of what it used to be. Over the last few years, all major markets—including the U.S., the European Union, Mexico, Taiwan, and even Russia, which had been importing 95 percent of Canadian seal pelts—have banned seal fur imports. Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea admitted last year that China has said no to seal meat, despite years of effort to create a market there. The reason the Canadian government continues to defend and pour money into this dead industry is because political parties crave the region's swing seats in Parliament. But as this editorial shows, even local sentiment is turning, and lack of markets has led national Canadian officials to examine seriously whether the slaughter should end.
We've reached a tipping point in the campaign, and victory is in sight—but we need your help! Now is the time to urge Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea, Minister of Foreign Affairs Rob Nicholson, and Minister of International Trade Ed Fast to help bring the commercial seal slaughter to an immediate end by supporting a government buyout.
Dear [Decision Maker],