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U.S. Senate Resolution Calls for End to Inhumane Canadian Seal Hunt
Date: Sunday, March 25 2007
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U.S. Senate Resolution Calls for End to Inhumane Canadian Seal Hunt
Author: The Humane Society of the United States
Published on Mar 24, 2007, 08:14

With hunters heading to the Canadian ice floes as soon as next week to kill hundreds of thousands of baby seals, Senators Carl Levin (D - MI) and Susan Collins (R ME) have introduced a resolution calling for the end to the carnage. The Humane Society of the United States applauds Sens. Levin and Collins for taking this action. The hunt, sanctioned by the Canadian government, is the largest commercial slaughter of marine mammals on the planet.

"The clubbing of baby seals cannot be defended or justified," said Sen. Levin. "Canada should end it, just as we ended the commercial Alaska seal hunt more than 20 years ago."

The resolution notes that more than one million seals have been killed over the past three years. In the last five years, 95 percent of the seals killed were pups between 12 days and 12 weeks of age, many of them too young to have eaten their first solid meal or taken their first swim.

"This hunt is cruel and the Canadian government's own regulations regarding humane killing are not respected or enforced," said John W. Grandy, senior vice president of wildlife and habitat protection for The Humane Society of the United States. "It is heartening that the U.S. Senate is speaking to the annual bloodletting."

The resolution will be referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations, chaired by Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) and ranking minority member Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN). Sen. Biden is an original co-sponsor.


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