Mar 16 2011

Seal Slaughter Protest in The D

Monday, March 14th, The International Day of Action for Seals,  I headed down to Detroit to protest Canada’s Slaughter of innocent, and insanely cute, seals. Protesters lined up near the Renaissance Center, right where the tunnel into Canada is located.

We lined the streets with signs, hoping to catch our neighbor’s attention as they were headed back home to Canada during rush hour.


There were about 25 of us. Enough to line Jefferson Avenue the distance of Old Mariner’s Church on both sides of the street.

We were greeted by a heart warming amount of horn blows, particularly by the city buses! Lots of people slowed down to ask for information, and were happy to receive pamphlets to learn more.

Every year during the month of March, the worst slaughter of marine animals in the entire world takes place. By the time it has ended, around 300,000 seals will have been shot or beaten to death.

Some won’t be as lucky and will be skinned alive- conscious, but unable to move. Others, those who have only been wounded, may slip under the ice and drown a slow, painful death.



Other points to mention:

– the ‘hunt’ brings in very little money for the people involved- even in Newfoundland where 90% of sealers live, income from sealing accounts for less than 1/10th of one percent of the (province’s) economy.
– 95% of the pups killed over the past several years have been 3 months old or younger and were completely helpless- the older seals killed were usually the parents who just watched their offspring being clubbed
– over 70% of Canadians and 80% of Americans are against the slaughter of seals

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