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April 14, 2011

Protect Seals Team Grounded

Gale-force winds and low visibility keep us on land

Humane Society International/Canada

  • A trail of blood. Frank Loftus/The HSUS

by Rebecca Aldworth

Once again, very bad weather has kept our helicopter from the sealing grounds.

As painful as it is to observe the slaughter, that is our purpose here. And it is devastating for us to know the sealers are operating and we cannot be out there to film what they are doing to the baby seals.

Our one consolation is the knowledge that the weather has likely forced many of the boats back to their ports. High winds are dangerous for the sealers, whose vessels can become easily trapped in shifting sea ice. So we hope that there are few seals being killed right now.

We are standing by, hour-to-hour, waiting for the skies to clear.

Don't let this slaughter ever happen again. Take action now.

Rebecca Aldworth is executive director of Humane Society International/Canada (HSI Canada).

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