Humane Society of the United States

Humane Society of the United States

March 29, 2005 11:32 ET

Interview Availability with Eyewitness to Canadian Seal Hunt

Attention: City Editor, Environment Editor CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I., MARCH 29 --(CCNMatthews - March 29, 2005) - Interview Availability with Eyewitness to Canadian Seal Hunt
To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor, Environment Reporter
Contact: Belinda Mager, 240-888-1910 (cellular) or
bmager(At)hsus.org, (in Charlottetown); or
Tracey McIntire, 301-548-7793 or tmcintire(At)hsus.org
(in Washington), both of
Humane Society of United States

News Advisory:

WHO:

Rebecca Aldworth is leading a 10-person team of observers from
The Humane Society of the United States who are documenting
today's killing of thousands of baby seals on the ice floes in
Eastern Canada.

WHAT:

Up-to-the-minute reports of the Canadian seal hunt from the
ice and nearby Prince Edward Island.

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I., March 29 -- The Humane Society of the
United States (HSUS) has issued the following statement from
Rebecca Aldworth, HSUS director of Canadian wildlife issues:

"Starting at dawn today, boats carrying hundreds of seal
hunters converged in the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The
baby seals we've watched for the last several days are being
killed as Canada's gruesome seal hunt begins again. Over the next
few weeks, thousands more seals, totaling over 300,000, will be
shot or clubbed to death.

"The hunt is inhumane and cruel. Veterinary studies have shown
that humane killing guidelines are not enforced and in many cases
seals are skinned while conscious. Each year, parliamentarians,
journalists and animal welfare observers report incredible
cruelty at the hunt, including dragging conscious seals across
the ice with boathooks, shooting seals and leaving them to suffer
in agony and skinning seals alive.

"Today's killing levels meet and even exceed those of the
1950's and 60's, when close to two-thirds of the harp seal
population was wiped out.

"Together with a powerful alliance of like-minded organization
The HSUS is now calling for a boycott of all Canadian seafood.
Almost three-quarters of Canadian seafood is exported to the
United States each year, contributing $3 billion for the Canadian
economy annually. This dwarfs the few million dollars brought in
by the seal hunt each year. We believe the Canadian fishing
industry will soon see that the price of an international seafood
boycott is not worth continuing this cruel commercial seal hunt."

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's
largest animal protection organization. On the web at
http://www.hsus.org . For more information on the seal hunt, go
to http://www.protectseals.org .

EDITORS NOTE:

High-resolution photographs and video b-roll available upon
request via secure FTP server.

/For further information: http://www.hsus.org / IN: ENVIRONMENT, FISHERIES

Contact Information

  • Belinda Mager, Humane Society of the United States
    Primary Phone: 240-888-1910
    Secondary Phone: 301-548-7793
    E-mail: bmager@hsus.org