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!
WWF CAN MAKE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE DECLINING HARP SEAL POPULATION BY OPPOSING THE HUNT.
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.
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There has been global condemnation of the hunt. The 27 member countries of the European Union imposed a ban on commercial seal products in 2010, and, most recently, the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and Belarus, who up until now were major importers of seal products, have banned the importation of harp seal pelts across their borders as well. Markets have practically disappeared. In reality, the hunt has been subsidized by the Canadian government for years. Hundreds of thousands of pelts are already stockpiled, purchased with taxpayer dollars, with no potential buyers. Yet the hunt continues even though the species is now threatened.
WWF can make a significant impact on the falling harp seal population. Your collaboration with the DFO on ocean management puts you in a unique position to influence the decision-making process of the Canadian government concerning the commercial harp seal hunt. Furthermore, your partnership with major grocery chains like Kroger and SuperValu to provide sustainable standards and practices allows WWF to influence their decisions as well. I urge you to advise these companies to join the Canadian Seafood Boycott.
In light of the effects of climate change, ending the harp seal hunt must be a priority. Your strong opposition to the hunt would be an important addition to the actions of WWF in carrying out its mission to mobilize people in the service of protecting nature.