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Grey Seal Cull is Science Fraud

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/grey-seal-cull-is-science-fraud.html

Background (Preamble):
As usual the Canadian government is using the seals as a political ruse to satisfy the sealers and they say the seal cull is based on science (contained in some private ‘committee report’) . This is nonsense and the government and the DFO knows it . The seal cull would cost 35 million and would be the worst thing for Canada . It would be a national embarrassment , a purely political exercise and an environmental disaster ; it would likely also be an economic disaster , damaging any potential tourism to the region , as no one wants to visit an open air slaughterhouse .

Petition:

This slaughter needs to stop and the government needs to know that Canadians will not tolerate such action against the seals .

Please sign this petition and let the fisheries minister and the DFO know that there will be serious consequences for this seal cull if it were to go though . The time to end to this is now .

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Minister says proposed grey seal cull based on science

The Canadian Press
Date: Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011 4:22 PM ET
FREDERICTON — Canada’s fisheries minister is shrugging off accusations that a proposed cull of 140,000 Atlantic grey seals is being driven by politics, not science, saying “seals aren’t vegetarians or vegans — they eat fish.”

Keith Ashfield

Keith Ashfield

Keith Ashfield responded Tuesday to four marine biologists at Dalhousie University in Halifax who say the five-year plan submitted for his approval is aimed only at appeasing fishermen as they struggle with dwindling cod stocks.

The scientists wrote an open letter to the minister in September, saying the proposal can’t be justified by existing scientific evidence. They said the proposal, drafted by a group of federal scientists and industry representatives, was biased because it focused only on the negative impact of grey seals.

The minister, in Fredericton for a funding announcement, said Tuesday the proposal is based on rigorous scientific research that concludes hungry grey seals are the most likely reason why cod stocks are not recovering in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.

“The information we received, based on science through a committee report, was that on the grey seal issue that they are having an impact on the cod stocks,” Ashfield told reporters.

“They have suggested up to 70,000 seals per year should be removed from the herd. It has grown exponentially.”

There are between 330,000 and 410,000 grey seals living off the Atlantic coast — a 30-fold increase since the 1960s, the Fisheries Department says.

“When you look at it, seals aren’t vegetarians or vegans — they eat fish,” Ashfield said. “They do have an impact.”
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Withdraw Reckless WTO Challenge

Canadian and European Parliamentarians Join HSI Canada in Calling for Withdrawal of Reckless WTO Challenge Against EU Seal Product Trade Ban

More Parliamentarians are supporting our efforts to end the seal hunt. HSI

More Parliamentarians are supporting our efforts to end the seal hunt. HSI

Humane Society International/Canada
November 2, 2011
OTTAWA — Humane Society International/Canada, joined by the Honourable Mac Harb, Senator; Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament; and the Honourable David Martin, Member of the European Parliament; called upon the Canadian government to withdraw its World Trade Organisation challenge against the EU ban on seal product trade. The Parliamentarians urged the Canadian government to support Atlantic Canadian sealers and their families by implementing a federal buyout of the commercial sealing industry.
“As long as the Canadian government continues with its groundless WTO challenge against the EU prohibition on seal product trade, many members of the European Parliament are loath to ratify a free-trade agreement with Canada,” said David Martin, Member of the European Parliament and member of the Committee on International Trade of the European Parliament. “Not only does Canada’s challenge at the WTO jeopardise a multibillion dollar trade deal with Europe, but it is a complete attack on European values and democratic processes.”
“Canadians are increasingly frustrated at the refusal of the Harper government to respect the right of the EU to domestically ban its trade in products of commercial seal hunts,” said Senator Harb. “Canada’s cruel commercial seal slaughter produces little economic benefit, and now threatens relations with Canada’s second largest trading partner.”
“It is time for the Canadian government to stop throwing away millions of taxpayer dollars at the commercial seal hunt,” said Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament and leader of the Green Party of Canada. “Instead of propping up this dying industry with massive government subsidies, the Canadian government, for much less money, could buy out sealing licenses and develop sustainable economic alternatives for communities, such as seal watching.”
“With this WTO challenge, the Canadian government is putting the sealing industry above all others who may benefit from CETA,” said Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of Humane Society International/Canada. “The Canadian government must stop playing regional politics with the lives of baby seals, and listen to the overwhelming majority of Canadians that support the right of the EU to ban seal product trade.”
Background
Though polling shows 86 percent of Canadians supported the right of the EU to prohibit seal product trade, the Canadian government challenged the ban at the WTO in November 2009, and requested a dispute panel in February 2011 after consultations failed to resolve the matter.
In June 2011, the European Parliament adopted a Resolution threatening to block ratification of CETA if Canada fails to withdraw its WTO challenge. More than 100 MEPs have signed an open letter to the Canadian government saying the EU Parliament should not ratify CETA until Canada drops its challenge.
Canadian legal experts have estimated the cost of the WTO challenge to be about $10 million – more than thirteen times the landed value of the seal slaughter this year.

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Proposed Seal Cull In St. Lawrence Gulf Draws Fire From Top Scientists

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/09/25/proposed-seal-cull-slaughter-draws-criticism_n_979960.html

Posted: 9/25/11

From Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Two of Canada’s leading marine biologists and a conservation group say a five-year proposal to slaughter 140,000 grey seals in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence is being driven by politics, not science.

“I don’t support it,” said Hal Whitehead, a professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax who specializes in the study of whales. “From what I’ve seen of the rationale, it doesn’t make much sense to me.”

Earlier this month, a federal advisory panel urged Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield to approve the cull, which would result in the killing of 70 per cent of the grey seals that feed in an area that stretches from Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula to the east side of Cape Breton.

The Fisheries Resource Conservation Council, made up of scientists and fishing industry representatives appointed by the minister, said the proposed cull is an experiment that will test indirect scientific evidence suggesting grey seals are impeding the recovery of cod stocks.

Whitehead said the council’s description of the project as an experiment is laughable.

“There’s no control group,” he said in an interview, referring to the unaltered group in a scientific experiment that allows for comparison of results.

“In this case, there’s just one lot and you’re killing a large part of them. If the cod population goes up, it doesn’t necessarily mean the seals were to blame. … Disentangling relationships in the ocean is really tough.”

The professor also said that even though other predators eat cod, including some species of whales, the federal government seems intent on taking aim at seals to appease the fishing industry.

“In this part of the world … a substantial part of the population really dislikes seals,” Whitehead said.
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Seal cull recommended for southern Gulf of St. Lawrence

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A cull of thousands of grey seals in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence was among the recommendations made Thursday to federal Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield in an effort to bolster groundfish stocks in the region.

The Fisheries Resource Conservation Council released its report aimed at recovering and sustaining the groundfish population. Eliminating 70 per cent of grey seals in the southern Gulf was identified among the 31 suggestions as a way to restore healthier groundfish stocks.

The southern Gulf ranges from New Brunswick to Nova Scotia.

In the report, the FRCC said that to protect existing groundfish numbers in the region, a reduction of the grey seal population to about 31,000 animals would be necessary, with an “initial reduction” of about 73,000 seals “within a year or two.”

Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of Humane Society International/Canada, said it is “absolutely reprehensible” to suggest such a measure.

“A cull of 70 per cent of the population would not be sustainable and could lead to the extrication of this species off our east coast,” Aldworth said Thursday. “The fact the FRCC would call for such a reckless move . . . speaks to the political motives of the FRCC . . . and is, in my opinion, the fishing industry attempting to divert attention from the irresponsible fishing practices that continue today.”

She insists there is a lack of scientific evidence to suggest that the grey seal population has a negative effect on the health of groundfish stocks and that overfishing remains the largest threat against cod and other fish in the region.
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Humane Society International Calls for Immediate Action to End the Seal Hunt With the Release of Disturbing New Footage

http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/humane-society-international-calls-immediate-action-end-seal-hunt-with-release-disturbing-1526514.htm

June 14, 2011 10:00 ET

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – June 14, 2011) -

This document corrects and replaces the press release that was sent today at 10:00 am ET.

Humane Society International/Canada, joined by leading international veterinary expert, Dr Andy Butterworth, MRCVS held a news conference to release new video evidence of the cruelty at the 2011 commercial seal slaughter, which reveals flagrant violations of Canadian law and accepted guidelines on international humane killing standards. HSI/Canada is calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take immediate action to end Canada’s commercial seal slaughter.

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You can’t keep your pet? Really?

Posted on November 19, 2010 by Amy

BY A Shelter Director

I think our society needs a huge “Wake-up” call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all…a view from the inside if you will. First off, all of you people who have ever surrendered a pet to a shelter or humane society should be made to work in the “back” of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would stop flagging the ads on craigslist and help these animals find homes. That puppy you just bought will most likely end up in my shelter when it’s not a cute little puppy anymore. Just so you know there’s a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it’s dumped at? Purebred or not! About 25% of all of the dogs that are “owner surrenders” or “strays”, that come into a shelter are purebred dogs.
The most common excuses: “We are moving and we can’t take our dog (or cat).” Really? Where are you moving too that doesn’t allow pets? Or they say “The dog got bigger than we thought it would”. How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? “We don’t have time for her”. Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! “She’s tearing up our yard”. How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me “We just don’t want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she’ll get adopted, she’s a good dog”.
Odds are your pet won’t get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn’t full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don’t, your pet won’t get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose. If your dog is big, black or any of the “Bully” breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. Those dogs just don’t get adopted. It doesn’t matter how ‘sweet’ or ‘well behaved’ they are.
If your dog doesn’t get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed. If the shelter isn’t full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long . Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment. If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because the shelter gets paid a fee to euthanize each animal and making money is better than spending money to take this animal to the vet.
Here’s a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being “put-down”. First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk happy, wagging their tails. Until they get to “The Room”, every one of them freaks out and puts on the brakes when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it’s strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 shelter workers depending on the size and how freaked out they are. Then a shelter worker who we call a euthanasia tech (not a vet) find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the “pink stuff”. Hopefully your pet doesn’t panic from being restrained and jerk. I’ve seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams. They all don’t just “go to sleep”, sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves. You see shelters are trying to make money to pay employee pay checks and don’t forget the board of directors needs to be paid too, so we don’t spend our funds to tranquilize the animal before injecting them with the lethal drug, we just put the burning lethal drug in the vein and let them suffer until dead. If it were not a “making money issue” and we had to have a licensed vet do this procedure, the animal would be sedated or tranquilized and then euthanized, but to do this procedure correctly would cost more money so we do not follow what is right for the animal, we just follow what is the fastest way we can make a dollar. Shelters do not have to have a vet perform their euthanasia’s so even if it takes our employee 50 pokes with a needle and 3 hours to get the vein that is what we do. Making money is the issue here not loosing money.
When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed waiting to be picked up like garbage. What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? Or used for the schools to dissect and experiment on? You’ll never know and it probably won’t even cross your mind. It was just an animal and you can always buy another one, right!
I hope that those of you who still have a beating heart and have read this are bawling your eyes out and can’t get the pictures out of your head, I deal with this everyday. I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and start educating the public. Do research, do your homework, and know exactly what you are getting into before getting a pet. These shelters and humane societies exist because people just do not care about animals anymore. Animals were not intended to be disposable but somehow that is what they are these days. Animal shelters are an easy way out when you get tired of your dog (or cat).
Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about taking their dog to a shelter, a humane society, or buying a dog. For those of you that care— please repost this to at least one other craiglist in another city/state.

Let’s see if we can get this all around the US and have an impact.

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Animals and Shelters

please read and circulate to everyone you know.  thanks
Anita Kuhn Shecter?A S K Designs
www.jewlz076.etsy.com
Posted on January 24, 2011 by Amy

You can’t keep your pet? Really?

Although, I knew of some of this,  it was very hard to read. It should be posted on all RESCUE SITES, PET STORES, VET OFFICES, CRAIGSLIST, PETFINDER, FACEBOOK, TWITTER,  NEWS SITES, EVERYWHERE!!!!  Hopefully people reading this will adopt more rescue animals from the shelter, Humane Societies as well as rescues,  and enable the rescues to continue to pull animals from the shelters to save as many lives as they can.  I feel that each person that brings their animal to the shelter should be given this to read.  Hopefully it will get to their heart, and they will change their mind or take the time to find the animal a good home and let others know of their possible fate by taking them to the shelters.  Making the public take ownership for their actions and understand the horrible end these animals go through once they turn their back on their “pet” and walk out that door.
Cindy
Antonette Maldonato <Antonette.Maldonato@starwoodhotels.com>;
PLEASE – forward to EVERYONE YOU KNOW!  and think about the “No Kill” Advocay!  The responsibilityto change the system belongs to ALL of us!!!!!!!!
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You can’t keep your pet? Really? BY A Shelter Director
I think our society needs a huge “Wake-up” call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all…a view from the inside if you will. First off, all of you people who have ever surrendered a pet to a shelter or humane society should be made to work in the “back” of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would stop flagging the ads on craigslist and help these animals find homes. That puppy you just bought will most likely end up in my shelter when it’s not a cute little puppy anymore. Just so you know there’s a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it’s dumped at? Purebred or not! About 25% of all of the dogs that are “owner surrenders” or “strays”, that come into a shelter are purebred dogs.
The most common excuses: “We are moving and we can’t take our dog (or cat).” Really? Where are you moving too that doesn’t allow pets? Or they say “The dog got bigger than we thought it would”. How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? “We don’t have time for her”. Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! “She’s tearing up our yard”. How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me “We just don’t want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she’ll get adopted, she’s a good dog”.

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Free Spay and Neuter Month (LA)

Posted on January 27, 2011 by Amy
Lisa Zito in Central CA
<http://www.examiner.com/charity-in-san-jose/san-francisco-spca-offer-free-spay-and-neuter-procedures-during-february-photo>

The San Francisco SPCA is offering free spay and neuter procedures during the month of February
The San Francisco SPCA, which is a volunteer and non-profit animal welfare organization, announced today that they are offering free spay and neuter procedures throughout the month of February for cats and dogs of local residents only. The event is part of national Spay/Neuter Month and it is one of the largest investments in the welfare of animals that the San Francisco SPCA has invested time and money into.
The San Francisco SPCA feels that spaying and neutering pets is an important way to control the animal population since many animals can end up stray or homeless. The SPCA expects to spay and neuter over 550 cats and dogs during the month of February. Appointments will be given on a first come first served basis.
The procedures will be done at the state-of-the-art San Francisco SPCA spay/neuter clinic which is part of the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center.
To schedule a procedure or for more information  please visit sfspca.org <http://sfspca.org> .

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Japan’s annual dolphin cull disrupted by activists

By Julian Ryall in Tokyo 7:00AM BST 02 Sep 2009

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/6124489/Japans-annual-dolphin-cull-disrupted-by-activists.html
An animal rights campaigner who trained dolphins for the 1960s television series Flipper has managed to disrupt the first two days of the annual dolphin hunt in the Japanese town of Taiji, but accepts that as soon as he leaves the fishermen will resume the killing.

“There were no dolphins taken on the first two days because we have managed to focus so much media attention on the slaughter,” Ric O’Barry told The Daily Telegraph from Taiji. “I feel great, but I know it’s only temporary.
“It’s very expensive for me be here and I can’t stay for the whole six months of the season,”
Mr O’Barry plans to remain in the town for a week, but has already had a showdown with local people angry at what they perceive to be interference in the industry.
On Tuesday morning, as he tried to enter a grocery store, the head of the fishing union blocked his way and refused to allow him to buy any food.
“It has been an exciting morning and the people here are very hostile,” he said. “But as long as this goes on and we keep the pressure on, they cannot hunt the dolphins.”

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