of freedom, fairness, decency, subsidized slaughter?
you know that YOUR TAX DOLLARS are used to skin animals ALIVE?
The International Fund for
Animal Welfare (IFAW) unveiled a major media campaign to help stop Canada's
commercial seal hunt. Although most people believe the hunt for "baby
seals" ended in the 1980s, Canada is now killing more seals than it has in
nearly 30 years. The Canadian government is paying hunters multi-million dollar
subsidies to kill harp and hooded seals.
IFAW directors from the U.S.
and Canada briefed reporters on efforts in both countries to stop the renewed
slaughter of seal pups in Canada. IFAW released the results of its national poll
of American attitudes and awareness of Canada's commercial seal hunt -- and
previewed their new television commercials and print ads. This represents one of
the largest campaigns ever launched by an animal protection organization.
The television ads, with
heaviest concentrations in Boston, New England and Washington, D.C., began on
October 22, 1997...The commercials will also run nationally on the Discovery and
Animal Planet cable networks. The print buy includes 2 ads in the national
edition of the New York Times.
"The U.S. campaign
follows on the heels of the formation of Canadians Against the Commercial Seal
Hunt (CATCSH) in Toronto on Oct. 9," said IFAW- U.S. Director Tom Moliterno.
CATCSH is a group of high profile Canadians including actor William Shatner,
film director Norman Jewison and Michael Ondaatje, author of The English Patient
who joined together to publicly declare their opposition to the commercial seal
"As a Canadian, I think
the commercial seal hunt sends the wrong image of our country. To slaughter
those baby seals in what is supposed to be an enlightened age is totally
inexcusable," declared Shatner.
"Canadians are deeply
troubled by the evidence of widespread cruelty in the commercial seal
hunt," stated IFAW-Canada Director Rick Smith. "This is the largest
slaughter of marine mammals in the world. CATCSH also released a new independent
analysis of the sealing industry which concluded that the commercial seal hunt
brings no net economic benefit to Canada," said Smith.
Results of the nationwide poll
revealed at least 8 out of 10 New Englanders oppose Canada's commercial seal
hunt. "When Americans learn a few details -- for instance that over 200,000
harp seal pups were killed last year and that some seals are skinned alive,
impaled on metal hooks, clubbed to death with illegal weapons or wounded with
gun shots and left to die -- their opposition increases," said Joel
Benenson, Vice President of the polling firm of Penn, Schoen, Berland &
Associates. "Once aware of these facts, 9 out of 10 Americans oppose the
killing," said Benenson.
"IFAW hopes Americans
will get involved by signing a petition, writing to the Canadian Ambassador or
contacting their own elected officials," said Moliterno. "Canadians
and Americans have always shared a deep concern for animals and their
environment. Most Canadians want to end this hunt, and so do most Americans --
with 74% saying the U.S. government should take action to stop it," stated
The International Fund for
Animal Welfare, based in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts, is recognized as one of
the most effective animal welfare organizations in the world, with over 250,000
supporters in the U.S. and 1.7 million around the globe. One of the
organization's primary goals is to protect marine mammals and other wildlife
from commercial exploitation. IFAW encourages New Englanders and all Americans
to support Canada's effort to stop the commercial seal hunt. They can receive a
free campaign information pack (including campaign sticker and petition form) by
calling toll free 1-888-201-1111.
SOURCE: International Fund for
CONTACT: Susan Bennett or
Ellen Beard, 703-518-5170, or Julie Burns, 617-367-9929, all for the
International Fund for Animal Welfare / CO: International Fund for Animal
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