Endangered Species: In Canada, "clubbing" refers to seals, not partying

In the 2009 seal hunt, Canada's commercial sealers slaughtered just over 72,000 seals, most of them babies. Sealers clubbed, shot, and skinned seal pups as young as 12 days old in the largest hunt of marine mammals in the world. Seal hunting is an off-season activity for Canada's east coast commercial fishermen. They earn a small fraction of their incomes from selling seal skins to the fur industry.

The connection between the commercial fishing industry and the seal hunt gives consumers all over the world the power to end the cruel slaughter of seals. The Canadian fishing industry has suffered a $750 million (Canadian) decline in the value of snow crab exports to the United States since the boycott began. That's more than $200 million a year.

Action: Sign the Human Society's pledge not to buy Canadian seafood until they stop the slaughter of seals.

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