Canadian Seal Hunt Ends Early

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It ended early as a result of low demand for pelts (due to the European ban on seal products) and the lack of ice floes. Tags: canada europe seal hunt seals

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Newfoundland Seal Hunt Extended

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Earlier this week, Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea extended the end date of the annual seal hunt from May 15 to May 31. Poor, poor seal hunters. Tags: canada seal hunters seals This is because of the poor "harvest" due to bad ice conditions. I'm sorry, but I don't care who makes money off this barbaric practice. It's cruel.

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PETA Issues Anti-Seal Hunt Video

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Tags: canada seal hunt seals PETA

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Journalists Arrested During Namibian Seal Hunt

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Ugly stuff in Namibia, the country with the seal hunting that no one talks about because so few know about it (I mean who thinks about seal hunting in Namibia?) Secret footage smuggled out of Namibia has revealed the brutal reality of the Namibian seal hunt - and the subsequent attack on British journalist Jim Wickens and South African cameraman Bart Smithers. Tags: animal cruelty africa seal hunters seals namibia hunting

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Canada Okays Matching Seal Quota

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This despite a dry market for seal products and a warming climate that is hurting the species? The market for Canadian seal pelts has gone dry but the federal government will still allow sealers to kill 400,000 of the marine mammals when the annual hunt opens next Monday. canada seal hunt sealsReally, Canada? Really? For the full article, go to The Globe and Mail here.

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Russia Bans Canadian Seal Imports!

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Russia does have its own seal hunt, but apparently they banned killings of animals under one year old. I don't see what they get out of it, unless they want to impress Europe, which has already banned seal products. Russia and two of its neighbours have informed the World Trade Organization that they are banning the import and export of harp seal pelts – a move that animal-rights activists are celebrating as the death knell of Canada’s commercial seal industry.

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Swiss Activists Try to Ban Seal Products

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Therefore, the EU's ban on seal products does not apply to them. canada seal hunt seal hunters SwitzerlandI had no idea that Switzerland is NOT part of the EU. But activists are trying to change that.

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Canada and Greenland Defend Seal Hunting

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They are testifying with Canada against an EU ban on seal products. Canadian fisheries ministry representative Garry Stenson said the hunt “is humane, well regulated and sustainable” and that new rules for the hunt were under review to strengthen inspections, monitoring and enforcement of animal welfare rules. It said a ban would decimate isolated east coast communities that are heavily dependent on the annual hunt. Oh, yeah, I forgot about Greenland.

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PETA to Target Vancouver Olympics Over Seal Hunts

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says Vancouver's Olympic organizers have the clout to convince the Canadian government to end the controversial seal hunt on the East Coast. The group will launch a new campaign on Wednesday featuring the 2010 Inukshuk logo clubbing a seal, with the five Olympic rings dripping blood. Tags: indigenous hunting canada seals PETA hunting It will be PETA's first Olympics!

Canada Reaches Seal Product Deal with China

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In order to offset the loss of the seal product market in Europe, Canada has made a deal with China. canada europe seal hunt seals chinaI'm not surprised. China as a whole still doesn't have a national conscience about these issues. Although 40 Chinese animal rights groups have protested, they don't really have any political or financial clout to change anything.

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Commissioned Study Shows Namibian Seals Worth More Alive than Dead

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Seal tourism brings in more revenue for the African country than the seal hunt. Each year, up to 85,000 seals are killed in Namibia to make just a few dollars from their furs, when they would be worth so much more to the Namibian economy alive," said Claire Bass, WSPA International Oceans Campaign Leader. economics seal hunt africa economic development seals namibia hunting

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Seal Industry Tries to Capitalize on Medical Researchers Conjectures

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But the seal industry doesn't care. Dr. Philippe Pibarot has been studying seal heart valves to see if they might be a better transplant option for humans than those from cows or pigs, believing they may be more durable than the other animal tissue. Despite that, a Quebec-based seal fur company has begun championing Pibarot's hypothesis, seeing the research as a buoy for Canada's beleaguered seal harvest. canada seal hunt seal hunters quebec seals

PETA Goes After Canada's Seal Hunt

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PETA has launched a spoof site for the Vancouver Olympic Games over seal hunting. I hate the seal slaughter. Seal hunting is just plain wrong. Warning, they have video of seal clubbing (and it starts automatically when you go to the site). I criticize PETA a lot, but in this case I think they are right on the money. I think it's barbaric and should be ended. You can go on and on about tradition, but just because something is old doesn't make it good.

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Apple Rejects Idiotic Seal Clubbing Game

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Tags: canada seal hunt Stupid entertainment seals

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EU Bans Seal Imports

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The New York Times reports that the ban will still allow seal products from traditional hunts by the Inuit people, also known as Eskimos, in Canada and Greenland. Tags: canada europe seal hunters seals And Canada is going to appeal the decision at the WTO. But still.a victory for now.

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Let the Bloodbath Begin: Canadian Seal Hunt Resumes

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The Canadian government has authorized the killing of 280,000 harp seals. Tags: canada barbarism seals I won't even bother asking the Canadians to stop this barbaric practice. The only way it will end is if the market for this product in Europe dries up. The US already has such a ban in place. From the article, animal activist group Equanimal is working on it from the European end. Here is a link to the Google translated page of this group (it's in Spanish).

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Canadian Seals In Big Trouble from Melting Ice

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Canadian seals are being screwed by an exceptionally warm winter and lack of ice. Tags: climate canada seal hunt seals I've been hearing about this from the Humane Society, but haven't posted about it yet. They are dying and starving. And that's not even mentioning the hunters that are after them.

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Canadian Prime Minister Eats Seal Meat

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He's doing it to show his opposition to the EU's ban on seal products. Tags: canada europe seals hunting Canada plans on appealing to the WTO. Stay classy Harper!

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Ottawa to Lobby EU Against Seal Ban

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Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea said Monday that Canadian officials will meet with EU politicians in a bid to convince them that Canada's commercial seal hunt is humane and should be exempt from a proposed seal import ban.A ban could deliver a devastating blow to Atlantic Canadian fishermen who rely on the annual hunt as a source of income, shutting down critical shipment points, including Holland and Germany. They must really be nervous.

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Alistair Darling Refuses to Eat Seal Meat at G7 Meeting

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He refused to eat the seal meat that the local Inuit community offered to the meeting participants, instead eating Arctic char. They're basically making participants choose between eating seal meat or pissing off the Inuits and risk being called racists. Tags: canada UK europe seal hunt inuit seals G7 Alistair Darling, the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer, is in Canada for a G-7 meeting.

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PETA Sets Up Web Site for Olympics

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Go to OlympicShame2010.com see PETA's seal hunt site. Tags: canada seal hunt seals olympics

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Seal Meat Served in Canada

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And this is despite the bad press received by the annual seal hunts. For time immemorial seal has been eaten -- raw -- as a traditional food by indigenous people such as the Inuit. Now, rustic seal has been carted out by back-to-basics foodies dressed up as a gourmet delight, particularly inspiring diners in mostly French-speaking Quebec province, where there is a devoted food-lovers' culture. Tags: canada meat seals restaurants

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Canada Up to Its Old Seal-Killing Tricks

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The amendments to the Marine Mammal Regulations, which include strengthened federal enforcement, come just over a month after newly appointed federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea said Canada is "going straight ahead for the 2009 hunt. No person shall use a club or a hakapik to strike a seal older than one year unless the seal has been shot with a firearm," states one of the new rules, posted Saturday in a government publication but not on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans website.

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Activists in Canada Found Not Guilty of Getting to Close to Seal Slaughter

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A judge has found five animal-rights activists not guilty of getting too close to seal hunters during the 2006 hunt off Canada's east coast. The five were charged with coming within 10 metres of seal hunters on March 26, 2006 while filming the annual slaughter in the Gulf of St. Tags: seal hunters humane society That's good news. Lawrence, not far from Cape Breton. They are representatives of Humane Society International and Humane Society of the United States.

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Seal Slaughter Stopped by Russia. Canada? Not So Much.

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Kudos for Russian leader Vladimir Putin for stopping the slaughter of seals. Activists accused Norwegian companies of encouraging the killing because seal hunting was no longer allowed in their own country Maybe Canada can learn something from the former KGB agent and avid hunter about compassion. The ministry said: “This is a serious step forward to protect Russia’s biological diversity.

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PETA Activist Pied in the Face

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A PETA anti seal hunt activist was hit in the face with a pie in Newfoundland. In other news, PETA received more publicity for their anti seal hunting campaign when one of their protesters was hit in the face with a pie. That's good, because I really hate Canada's odious seal hunt. Tags: seal hunters PETA This after a PETA activist hit Canada Fisheries Minister Gail Shae with a pie.

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Newfoundland MP Says PETA Pie Throw Could be Terrorism

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She's referring to the pie thrown in the face of Fisheries Minister Gail Shea by a PETA member protesting the Canadian seal hunt. Tags: canada animal enterprise terrorism act seals PETA It's pretty scary that a Liberal MP would actually question whether a pie in the face is terrorism. I'm wondering whether the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act in the US is making the rounds of Canadian politicians.

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Podcast Uploaded for Week Ending 02/06/10

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In this week's podcast ending February 6, 2010: **Willet Dairy the subject of a Mercy for Animals undercover investigation suspends a worker shown abusing cows; **The Humane Society applauds the Allergan Corporation for progress on the replacement of animal subjects in Botox testing; **PETA files a lawsuit to free Lucy the elephant from the Edmonton Zoo; **Mexican activists protest bullfights; **Canada steps up its support of seal hunting while hosting a G7 meeting.

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PETA and IFAW Plan 24 City Tour of Canada

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Both groups will be protesting the seal hunt using the Olympic torch ceremony as the backdrop. Crowds gathering across Canada to watch the Olympic torch pass through their towns will also be greeted by a 12-meter-tall baby "seal." PETA and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) are holding a joint news conference this week, and I would like to offer you an exclusive advance scoop on it.

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New Podcast for Week Ending February 13, 2009

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In this week’s podcast ending February 13, 2010: **Britain’s Ministry of Defense defends its use of pigs as subjects in explosives testing; **an elephant expert argues for the closing of the elephant exhibit at the Toronto Zoo; **the State of Hawaii seeks to toughen penalties for dog fighting; **Animal rights groups protest the Canadian seal hunt in the shadow of the 2010 Olympics.

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New Podcast Uploaded for 01/30/10

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In this week's podcast ending January 30, 2010: **A Mercy for Animals video spurs calls for a ban on tail docking in the State of New York; **Animal rights activists try to stop construction of a bullfighting ring in Beijing; **A PETA protestor gets a pie in the face for protesting against the Canadian seal hunt; **And legislation is proposed in China to ban the eating of cats and dogs.

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Podcast Uploaded for 01/09/10

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News from last week: *A US Federal Judge rejects claims that Ringling’s Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus mishandles endangered Asian elephants; *A primate at a Charles River laboratory facility dies from being run through a commercial washer; *Miss Newfoundland defends the Canadian seal hunt; *Cambodian prosecutions of illegal logging and wildlife smuggling have increased; and Sea Shepherd files piracy charges against a Japanese research vessel.

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Does Vick Deserve a Second Chance?

Animal Person

Is what he did like hunting? Like clubbing a seal to death? Do you agree with the New York Times ' William C. Rhoden in " The Case for a Second Chance for Michael Vick? " And I'm not just referring to Vick here. Let's deconstruct the concept: Do you think that people who have spent their lives harming animals by eating them, just like I did and much of my family still does, deserve a second chance? Is fighting and killing dogs the same thing?

Outdoor/Feral Cat Problem? Call the SWAT Team

10,000 Birds

Instead of Special Weapons and Tactics, think: Sealed With A Trap. Neighbor B tells her that his cats wouldn’t be happy indoors, that cats’ hunting is “natural,” and that he has no intention of keeping his cats inside. Sealed With A Trap. What do you do when you – a citizen whose rights are protected by the U.S. government – are threatened with harm and/or death by armed criminals, and their apprehension is beyond the scope of the local police?

People of a Feather

10,000 Birds

As a result the sea ice has become more unstable, endangering the Inuit who hunt and work on the bay and the ducks who can no longer rely on their instincts to find open water. There are some scenes that may be tough for some viewers, including a seal hunt and a mass die-off of eiders, but the documentary is the more powerful for them. A loud chirp rang from the side of the mountain, and a handful of stones skittered down the talus slope.

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White-throated Dipper in Switzerland

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They have their own unique hunting technique – they”dip” their heads in the water and walk on the bottom of streams, using their tail and wings to get downward pressure and even “swim” underwater. Their aquatic adaptations include dense plumage and a membrane that seals the bird’s nostrils during dives like the one above. Francois Portmann is a professional photographer with an impressive portfolio.

Birding a flooded highway

10,000 Birds

Unfortunately we have only ever seen dead Barn Owls in the Broome area and one day it would be nice to see a bird hunting over the land. The road was under water in three sections and the Masked Lapwings and Black-winged Stilts were using the clarity of the water over the sealed road and the lack of hiding places to their advantage. The track onto the station property from the sealed road.

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Holy Island, Northumberland

10,000 Birds

It was hunting season and the men appeared to be mostly targeting the Eurasian Wigeon. The following morning we were up early to make a crossing and were delighted to see a Grey Seal lounging around beside the causeway and another actually on the causeway, which soon moved for pedestrians! There were hundreds of Grey Seals between the mainland and the island and every “boulder” on the sand was in fact a seal! Grey Seal.

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Why Do Penguins Wear Tuxedos?

10,000 Birds

And, they wear tuxedos, which seem to provide camouflage while they are swimming, where leopard seals, sharks, and other creatures would like to make a meal of them. So, which came first, the underwater flight, the ability to hunt fish, the exceptional ability to live in the cold, or the tuxedo-camouflage? In other words, those ancient Penguins almost certainly swam underwater and given their other features, hunted there as well. Penguins.

Survival of the Flexible

10,000 Birds

These two species make a good living eating seal carcasses and even hunting the chicks of other seabirds, and are correspondingly among the strongest legged of any of the petrels. It is easy to forget sometimes that birds can do weird things.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

But most important, they are beginning to starve, because the sea ice they depend on for hunting seals, their main food, is melting at a very rapid rate because of global warming. Though hunting still plays a role and led to a bilateral treaty with Russia, ratified last September, climate change is the major threat to polar bears today. To the Editor: Re “ Bearing Up ” (Op-Ed, Jan. 5): In contrast to the arguments made by Gov.

Book Review: Spillover – Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

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The bacteria that laid me low earlier this year is a zoonosis, causing problems for New Zealand’s endemic seals as well as visitors to Borneo. Hunting, the bush meat trade, habitat loss, population increases, they all have a part to play in this story. It’s six weeks to the day till I go to Africa, and of late conversations about the subject have taken a reliable and predictable detour. “Aren’t I worried about Ebola?”

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Sperm Whales in Kaikoura

10,000 Birds

Sperm Whales feed deep, diving to the bottom of the trench, hunting for a while, then rising again to catch a breath. The boat moves quickly past interesting things; Northern Giant Petrels , Buller’s Shearwaters , White-capped Albatrosses , New Zealand Fur Seals (I understand they will pause to see dolphins).