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kerryclair
04-06-2005, 09:19 PM
The Harp Seal Hunt is now taking place in Canada and may last until the end of May. The hunt allows the killing of over 300,000 baby harp seals, many as young as 12-14 weeks. This is the largest marine mammal hunt in the world. The way these young animals are killed is extremely inhumane. The animals' fur is then sold.

For more information, an article from the http://www.bbc.co.uk
is in the attachment; warning: this article contains graphic details that you may find very disturbing. If you wish to skip the article, you may go straight to the sample letter below, which contains no graphic details.

A boycott of Canadian seafood is being organized by a number of organizations.

For more information on this, please go to:
http://www.hsus.org or http://www.protectseals.org (web sites of the Humane society of the United States)

Please write, call, or e-mail the contacts below.


Contact Information:
(provided by Nathan Winograd of No Kill Solutions,
www.nokillsolutions.com <http://www.nokillsolutions.com>)


The Honorable Frank McKenna
Office of the Ambassador
Canadian Embassy
501 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 682-1740
Fax: (202) 682-7701, (202) 682-7678
(salutation: Dear Ambassador McKenna:)


Prime Minister's Office
Right Honorable Paul Martin
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa
Ontario, Canada K1A OA2
Fax: (613) 941-6900
E-mail: pm@pm.gc.ca <mailto:pm@pm.gc.ca>
(salutation: Dear Prime Minister Martin:)



Canadian Tourism Commission
55 Metcalfe Street
Suite 600
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1P 6L5
(613) 946-1000
E-mail: Use the Contact Us form on the www.canadiantourism.com
<http://www.canadiantourism.com>



Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's. NL Canada A1B 4J6
1-800-563-6363
E-mail: toursiminfo@gov.nl.ca


Sample Letter:
(You may either use this letter or write your own letter; if you use this sample letter please modify it, in some way, so that the computer server will not return it to you as a duplicate.)

Dear Ambassador McKenna: (for others, see above)

I am writing to ask that action be taken that will lead to the immediate,
permanent halt to the killing of Harp Seals, for this year
and all future years.

Canada is regarded by many as being among the most enlightened, peaceful and civilized nations on earth.

I note with sadness that the photos distributed across the world of extreme brutality being carried out against defenseless, innocent baby Harp Seals erode this positive image of Canada and do irreparable
harm to the reputation of your country.

The seal hunt is the world's largest mass hunt of marine mammal life, killing over 300,000 seals each year in a way that is unimaginably cruel and inhumane.

It is becoming impossible now to think of Canada, without seeing a horrifying image of the slaughter of baby Harp Seals.

Thank you for your time and for your serious consideration of these comments.

Sincerely,
(Your name)

vectra
04-14-2005, 09:33 AM
Once again the circus of the annual seal hunt has begun off the coast of Newfoundland. For anyone who is following the play between the sealers and the protestors, it is pretty interesting stuff. On the sea shephed web page, there are daily updates from one Paul Watson, the supposed captain of the Farley Mowat. After reading his reports one has to wonder if they have some really good drugs on board.

1 - He says in one report that he is north of Fogo and
"It was 93 years ago this week, and in this very area that the legendary Cunard liner Titanic sank. It was April 15, 1912, when 1,500 passengers and crew died in the frigid ice strewn waters off of Newfoundland."
That position puts them over 900 nautical miles (or 1600 km) to the north northwest of where the Titanic actually sank. (Ooops that is the wrong side of NEwfoundland) Actually it would be great for Nfld tourism if the titanic did sink north of fogo, what a boost.

2 - This "Captain" is only a figure head as his certification does not allow him to actually be the captain of the Farley Mowat. Someone else is actually legally in command

3 - He is constantly criticizing the Coast Guard for harassing him and helping the sealers. The sealers would probably say the same thing. The coast guard is there to help anyone whose vessel becomes disabled. If all the vessels sank as the sea shepherd people wish, the damage to the marine environment would be great. Don't forget that when the Farley Mowat became a SAR case herself and declared a mayday, two Coast Guard ships were dispatched to her immediately and escorted her to the nearest safe port in order to effect here repairs. I see no mention of thanks by Cpt Watson only paranoid delusions of a grand conspiracy against them. Its too bad people can't see that these people are there to help everybody. They don't escort ships to the seals, They bring them to open water when they become stuck, they do this to prevent damage to the ships and marine environment.

4 - Paul Watson has publicly admitted that the seal hunt is the most profitable of all the activist activities and that is how Greenpeace used to raise the bulk of their money. That is one of the reasons he left GReenpeace. Is it possible that the sea shepherd society is using the same tactics.
follow this link to cbc

http://stjohns.cbc.ca/clips/Stjohns/ram-audio/frum_watson_1978.ram

this interview is a bit of an eye opener as to just how honest a man Paul Watson is.


These are just a few examples of Paul Watson's attempts to sway his supporters away from the truth. Its too bad that a man with such a public persona has to rely on misinformation and half truths.

kerryclair
04-14-2005, 09:25 PM
I rec'd a follow-up to the original post above. Here it is:
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We are re-sending this request to you, and we apologize for two mistakes we made
in the e-mail addresses.

We have now simplified the contact information. If you've already sent letters
to the Canadian Ambassador Frank McKenna and to the
Prime Minister of Canada, Paul Martin, these addresses were correct and will
have reached them.

We have deleted the two incorrect addresses and have added one new one that we
believe will be more effective: The Minister for
Fisheries and Oceans, Geoff Regan. It is this ministry that sets the seal
hunting quotas.

Again, we're sorry for any inconvenience caused by the mistakes in the e-mail
addresses. Many thanks for acting on this issue and
for helping the seals!

The Harp Seal Hunt is now taking place in Canada and may last until the end of
May. The hunt allows the killing of over 300,000
baby harp seals, many as young as 12-14 weeks. This is the largest marine
mammal hunt in the world. The way these young animals
are killed is extremely inhumane. The animals' fur is then sold.

For more information, you may go to: www.seashepherd.org

There are also a large number of other animal organization web sites with good,
up to date information on the Harp Seal Hunt. An
article from the www.bbc.co.uk <http://www.bbc.co.uk> is in the attachment;
warning: this article contains graphic details that you
may find very disturbing. If you wish to skip the article, you may go straight
to the sample letter below, which contains no
graphic details.

A boycott of Canadian seafood is being organized by a number of organizations.
For more information on this, please go to:

www.hsus.org <http://www.hsus.org> or www.protectseals.org
<http://www.protectseals.org> (web sites of the Humane society of the
United States)

There is another protest planned at the entrance to the Tunnel to Canada in
Detroit this Saturday from 12 -2. Information can be
found at http://animalrights.meetup.com/4/about/.

Please write, call, or e-mail the contacts below.

Thank you for helping the baby Harp Seals and for being part of the Best Friends
Network!

Contact Information:

(provided thanks to Nathan Winograd of No Kill Solutions,
www.nokillsolutions.com <http://www.nokillsolutions.com> and
www.seashepherd.org Sea Shepherd Conservation Society)

The Honorable Frank McKenna
Office of the Ambassador
Canadian Embassy
501 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 682-1740
Fax: (202) 682-7701, (202) 682-7678
(salutation: Dear Ambassador McKenna:)

Prime Minister's Office
Right Honorable Paul Martin
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa
Ontario, Canada K1A OA2
Fax: (613) 941-6900
E-mail: pm@pm.gc.ca <mailto:pm@pm.gc.ca>
(salutation: Dear Prime Minister Martin:)

The Hon. Mr. Geoff Regan
House of Commons
Minister, Fisheries and Oceans
Parliament Buildings, Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Canada
Tel: 613-996-3085
Fax: 613-996-6988
E-mail: regan.g@parl.gc.ca

Sample Letter:

(You may either use this letter or write your own letter; if you use this sample
letter please modify it, in some way, so that the
computer server will not return it to you as a duplicate.)

Dear Ambassador McKenna: (for others, see above) I am writing to ask that action
be taken that will lead to the immediate, permanent
halt to the killing of Harp Seals, for this year and all future years. Canada
is regarded by many as being among the most
enlightened, peaceful and civilized nations on earth.

I note with sadness that the photos distributed across the world of extreme
brutality being carried out against defenseless,
innocent baby Harp Seals erode this positive image of Canada and do irreparable
harm to the reputation of your country.

The seal hunt is the world's largest mass hunt of marine mammal life, killing
over 300,000 seals each year in a way that is
unimaginably cruel and inhumane.

It is becoming difficult now to think of Canada, without seeing a horrifying
image of the slaughter of baby Harp Seals. I believe
that it is also the wish of most Canadians that the Harp Seal Hunt be stopped
now.

Thank you for your time and for your serious consideration of these comments.

Sincerely,
(Your name)