March 11, 2005: Headlines: COS - Swaziland: NGO's: Animal Rights: US Newswire: Fred O'Regan writes Op-Ed on the Canada seal hunt

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Swaziland: Special Report: Environmental Activist and Swaziland RPCV Fred O'Regan: February 9, 2005: Index: PCOL Exclusive: RPCV Fred O'Regan (Swaziland) : March 8, 2005: Headlines: COS - Swaziland: NGO's: Animal Rights: US Newswire: "The harp seal migration is one of the earth's last great wildlife spectacles," IFAW President Fred O'Regan said. "The herd should be respected as a global treasure, not slaughtered by the hundreds of thousands out for the sake of obtaining a luxury item." : March 11, 2005: Headlines: COS - Swaziland: NGO's: Animal Rights: US Newswire: Fred O'Regan writes Op-Ed on the Canada seal hunt

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Fred O'Regan writes Op-Ed on the Canada seal hunt

Fred O'Regan writes Op-Ed on the Canada seal hunt

Fred O'Regan writes Op-Ed on the Canada seal hunt

Canada Seal Hunt

By Fred O'Regan, IFAW president

Each year across Canada's glistening and desolate ice floes, herds of female harp seals give birth to beautiful pups in what has been described as one of the world's greatest natural wildlife wonders.

Only weeks later, this spectacular scene is replaced by one that many Americans, and even many Canadians, think ended in the 1980s - one of savage brutality.

For each year, baby harp seals - some as young as 12 days old, are slaughtered in Canada in the world's largest commercial marine mammal hunt. Over the last three years, nearly one million seals have been killed by the Canadian government's own count. Look back a decade and that figure reaches well over a staggering two million.

And killed for what? Their fur is sold to European buyers for cheap embellishments on clothing, while males' penises are removed and sold to countries where they are considered aphrodisiacs.

Has Canada not advanced enough to see the absurdity of this? Have we not?

In today's world where we pride ourselves on being global citizens, promoters of democracy and freedom, and guardians of the earth - we allow the brutal killing of wild seals by men wielding clubs with metal hooks, hakapiks.

Let us move forward. Let us end this cruel hunt once and forever.

Fred O'Regan

IFAW president -- http://www.ifaw.org





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By simply misinformed (hlfxns0145w-142167151130.ns.aliant.net - 142.167.151.130) on Sunday, October 30, 2005 - 11:34 am: Edit Post

Please educate yourself about the seal hunt. I am from newfoundland where the seal hunt continues. I notice you never complain about the moose hunt. I guess the cause is only noble if it can draw media attention, and we all know how cute those little seals are. Those who educate ourselves also know how seals destroy fisheries and are a valuable source of food for many families. I also noticed that was not mentioned in your letter, focus on the 'bad' I guess and ignore the truth.....you almost sound like the US gov..
Seals are an important source of food, and I have never seen a piece of clothing made from seal skin in my life, and I am from the land of the hunt.
Maybe you should protest the salmon hunt, or maybe the moose hunt, or even the trout slaughter...... cant see that happening though, they dont have those pretty little eyes.

By bibek roy (59.93.245.64) on Thursday, February 09, 2006 - 9:20 am: Edit Post

I am 43 yrs single in India,having a small business work,I am willing to work with some
organisation working for animals on sparetime
kindly suggest.

Bibek Roy
Kolkata India


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