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Oppose the Canadian Harp Seal Hunt

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For years WWF (now called the World Wide Fund for Nature) has endorsed the killing of hundreds of thousands of baby harp seals off eastern Canada. It is the largest marine mammal slaughter in the world. The WWF has claimed that this annual massacre does not threaten the survival of the species. BUT THAT DUBIOUS CLAIM CAN NO LONGER BE MADE. This year the Canadian government has blatantly gone against the recommendations of its own Marine Mammal scientific research, which has found harp seals to be in decline. The government has set a quota of 400,000 allowed to be killed in 2012. Seal pups are drowning in record numbers because of vanishing sea ice due to climate change, yet the hunt continues. Canada is in danger of decimating its own harp seal population!


Firstly, the Canadian government collaborates with WWF on ocean management. WWF has the power to influence the decisions of the Canadian government regarding the harp seal hunt.

Secondly, WWF partners with major grocery chains like Kroger and SuperValu to provide sustainable standards and practices. By supporting the Canadian seafood boycott and advising these businesses to join, WWF can add to the more than 5,500 restaurants and grocery stores who have refused to buy Canadian seafood until the hunt ends permanently. The boycott can be an effective strategy in ending the annual slaughter of harp seals if enough individuals and companies join.

Please urge WWF to oppose the Canadian harp seal hunt. Please urge WWF to make good on its mission to mobilize people in the service of protecting nature. The 2012 hunt has already begun and the harp seals need your help.

The petition letter is being sent to:

James P. Leape, Director General, WWF-International

Gerald Butts, President and CEO, WWF Canada, and

Carter Roberts, President and CEO, WWF U.S.

Links for more info:


Department of Fisheries and Oceans


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