April 10, 2007/© The HSUS
Our ProtectSeals team has moved out of Newfoundland (map) and our efforts to document the commercial seal hunt in 2007 have come to a close. This was my ninth year of observing the seal hunt and it was one of the most devastating. From our helicopters, we watched and filmed in horror.
The cruelty we witnessed brought home exactly why this slaughter must be ended forever. The baby seals targeted for their fur were no match for the sealers who ran across the ice, armed with deadly weapons and greed. Wounded pups tried pathetically to escape, dragging their bleeding bodies toward the edges of the ice. But the sealers reached them, stabbed them with metal hooks, and dragged them back to their grim fate.
Each year, I come away from this slaughter more determined than ever to shut this "industry" down for good. And this year, the ProtectSeals team leaves knowing that we will succeed in that monumental task. For as much as the Canadian government - my government - continues to lie to its own public, to foreign governments, and even to itself, there is simply no defense against what we have documented this year.
April 5, 2007/© The HSUS
This is a battle of wills, and it is a battle we are poised to win.
We have the truth and compassion on our side, and we are not alone. We are joined by governments the world over and international seafood distributors who are using their power to ensure this is the last baby seal slaughter any of us will ever have to witness.
And most importantly, we have you. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a key part of our seal hunt expedition in 2007. It is never easy to bear witness to slaughter, but in doing so, you have helped us spread the word about the plight of the baby seals.
Now comes the hardest part - our ongoing campaign to stop this brutality from repeating. We all need to do more. We must increase the number of people and companies boycotting Canadian seafood to step up the pressure on the Canadian government and fishing industry. And we must ensure that the European Union follows through on its intent to ban the trade in seal products.
This will be my final journal entry, but please continue to stand with us. Together, we will ensure this slaughter is ended for good.