Here’s Why PETA Activists Crashed London’s Canada Day Celebration
As Canada celebrated its 150th birthday today, activists crashed the party to condemn the country’s annual commercial seal slaughter.
Three “beaten and bloodied” activists holding a “dead seal” – representing the more than 80,000 gentle harp seals who were killed during the 2017 season – protested outside the High Commission of Canada in London’s Trafalgar Square.
Sealers use wooden clubs and guns to bludgeon and shoot the seals, often managing merely to wound them before leaving them to endure a slow, agonising death on the ice. Most of these animals are just pups, whose lives are viciously ended so that their soft fur can be torn off and sold. Unsurprisingly, veterinarians who have investigated the carnage found that sealers routinely fail to comply with Canada’s animal-welfare legislation.
The commercial seal slaughter is just a shadow of what it used to be, as more and more people around the world reject the cruelty. In April, Switzerland became the 35th nation to ban seal-derived products, joining the European Union member states, Russia, and the US. But despite the sharp decline in demand, the Canadian government refuses to ban this archaic industry.
What You Can Do
PETA is calling on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to put an end to this unjustifiable cruelty. Please sign our petition to show that compassionate people around the world condemn this barbaric practice: