Canada celebrated its 150th Birthday on Saturday so three PETA supporters wearing just underwear and a ‘dead seal’ stood outside the High Commission of Canada to protest the country’s seal slaughter. This kills tens of thousands of harp seals each year.
The women held signs that read- "Canada's Shame: Seals Beaten to Death" and "Stop the Bloody Seal Slaughter."
"Canada Day celebrates national pride, but no one should feel proud of a country that condones the largest massacre of marine mammals on the planet," says PETA Director Elisa Allen. "PETA is calling on government officials to mark Canada's 150th birthday by finally shutting down this shameful slaughter."
According to PETA, sealers kill the animals with wooden clubs, ice picks and guns. Sometimes the seals are left severely wounded and left to die slowly and in pain.
Veterinarians have investigated into the sealers’ actions and found that they often fail to comply with Canada's animal-welfare legislation.
PETA’s motto is, in part, that "animals are not ours to abuse in any way" and reminds us that there's no market for seal meat. There are also only a few remaining major markets for seal fur, as the EU, Russia, and the US have all banned it.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.