April 13, 2011
The Sun Sets on Seal Slaughter
Together, we must stop it
by Rebecca Aldworth
Today has been tough. We've seen cruelty that brought us to tears, horrible images that will stay in our minds forever.
Exhausted and terrified baby seals trying to crawl across melting ice to escape those killing them for their fur.
A wounded baby seal just two weeks of age trying in vain to defend himself against a club-wielding sealer.
A baby seal shot in the face, crying in agony, slipping beneath the surface of the water and abandoned by the sealers. She died horribly and painfully, for no reason.
It is too much to bear.
The sun is setting and the sealing boats are shutting down for the day, so we too are heading back. Out on the ice floes, only the blood and the few seals left alive remain.
As we leave the sealing grounds, we fly towards the area I grew up in. The bay sparkles in the setting sun, and from the air, it all still looks the way it used to. But the positive feelings are hard to reconcile with the merciless killing we filmed. I wonder if I'll ever feel the same about this place, even long after the seal hunt has ended.
Help restore peace to this landscape and its inhabitants. Take action to save the seals.
Rebecca Aldworth is executive director of Humane Society International/Canada.