LARGE COALITION TO SAVE THE SEALS
Last November 25, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) launched an initiative called the International Campaign for the Seals, a coalition of more than 350 organizations around the world representing more than 10 million defenders of seals.
One Voice is the coalition's French representative and, at the launch, president Muriel Arnal answered a number of questions from the Quebec press. The massacre of seals in Canada is committed in large part by francophones who clearly chafe at the allegations of protestors condemning the violence of the seal hunt.
The objective of the IFAW/One Voice campaign in Canada: to stop the seal hunt. To begin with, we have written letters to the authorities protesting a proposal to raise hunting quotas this winter.
The Canadian government declined our request to join the quota negotiations that took place in November, in which only two community organizations participated, though more than 200 associations representing fishermen and industry were present.
Canadian authorities expect to permit hunters to once again start killing baby seals in less than three weeks’ time. Seal fur is a lucrative commodity, and the younger the seals, the easier they are to kill. It has even been proposed that baby hooded seals (of which we don't know the exact number) could be massacred at the age of only six days.
A number of efforts to help the seals are under way, and the letter campaign continues to attract new volunteers. We will keep you informed of the Canadian government’s decisions.