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Alexandra Morton Walk for Wild Salmon on May Day

Please join Alexandra Morton, Elizabeth May, Edith Loring-Kuhanga, Denise Savoie, Lana Popham and the Wild Salmon People walking to Victoria on May Day(1st May).Join the Facebook event page via:!/event.php?eid=217449918265512

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Until salmon farms get out of BC‘s pristine waters every day is a Mayday for Wild Salmon.

Remember to Vote Salmon on 2nd May:

Best fishes!

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Message From Senator Mac Harb on the Seal Hunt

March 2011

Dear Friend, I have recently tabled a Notice of Motion directing the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans to find specific ways to help support Canada’s Inuit and aboriginal hunters affected by the European Union ban on commercial seal products.

I am pleased to report that the motion was seconded by Senator Charlie Watt, who represents Northern Quebec in the Senate. Senator Watt also sits on the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. Along with looking at ways to help these Canadians take advantage of their unique exemption as subsistence hunters, I believe that this motion will compel the government to move past its futile efforts to challenge the EU ban on commercial seal products at the World Trade Organization. As we know, this challenge will take several years, will cost millions of dollars and is unlikely to overturn the carefully drafted EU ban.

Senator Watt and I will need the support of our colleagues in the Senate to ensure the motion passes and this issue is studied at the Committee. I would therefore encourage you to contact the members of the Senate, by email or letter using the link and address below, urging them to support Canada’s Inuit and aboriginal communities by voting in favour of the motion.

Canadians living in Canada’s Northern and Atlantic communities expect and deserve a proactive, viable strategy from their government as the commercial seal hunt comes to an end once and for all. I thank you for your interest and contribution to achieving this goal. Sincerely, Senator Mac Harb List of Senators:

E Mail may be sent postage-free to any Senator at the following address:

The Senate of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1A 0A4. __________________________________________________________________________________

Mars 2011

Madame, Monsieur,

J’ai récemment déposé un avis de motion demandant au Comité sénatorial permanent des pêches et des océans d’examiner des mesures précises pour appuyer les chasseurs inuits et autochtones du Canada touchés par l’interdiction du commerce des produits du phoque qu’a imposée l’Union Européenne (UE). Je suis heureux d’annoncer que la motion a été appuyée par le sénateur Charlie Watt, qui représente le Nord du Québec au Sénat et qui siège au Comité permanent des pêches et des océans.

Je crois qu’en plus de permettre de trouver des façons d’aider ces Canadiens à tirer profit de l’exemption dont ils jouissent en tant que chasseurs de subsistance, cette motion obligera le gouvernement à cesser de déployer inutilement des efforts pour contester auprès de l’Organisation mondiale du commerce l’interdiction du commerce des produits du phoque imposée par l’UE.

Comme nous le savons, cette contestation sera tranchée dans plusieurs années, coûtera des millions de dollars et n’aboutira probablement pas à une invalidation de l’interdiction soigneusement rédigée par l’UE. Pour que la motion soit adoptée, et la question étudiée par le Comité, le sénateur Watt et moi aurons besoin de l’appui de nos collègues du Sénat. Je vous encourage donc à communiquer avec les sénateurs, par courriel ou par la poste (hyperlien et adresse ci-après), afin de les engager à appuyer les collectivités inuites et autochtones du Canada en votant en faveur de la motion.

Les Canadiens qui vivent dans les collectivités du Nord et de l’Atlantique attendent et méritent que leur gouvernement adopte une stratégie viable et proactive alors que la chasse commerciale du phoque tire à sa fin. Je vous remercie de votre intérêt et de votre aide pour atteindre cet objectif. Je vous prie de recevoir, Madame, Monsieur, mes salutations les meilleures. Mac Harb, sénateur Liste des sénateurs :

Vous pouvez écrire à tout sénateur, sans affranchir, à l’adresse suivante :

Le Sénat du Canada, Ottawa (Ontario) K1A 0A4.

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Ellen DeGeneres Asks Fans to Help Stop Canadian Seal Slaughter

Ellen DeGeneres Asks Fans to Help Stop Canadian Seal Slaughter

Ellen DeGeneres has over one million fans on Facebook, but I’m pretty sure I’m her #1 fan after her latest move of animal activism:the vegan talk show host recently asked her viewers to help end the Canadian commercial seal hunt.

On her show’s webpage, DeGeneres writes: “Seal hunting is one of the most atrocious and inhumane acts against animals allowed by any government. Canada is allowing the slaughter of a record number of seals in their 2011 hunting season, which is going on right now. The seals are often younger than 3 months old.”

DeGeneres then links fans to PETA’s website, where donations are accepted to help stop the seal hunt. Close to $45,000 has already been contributed from seal-lovers worldwide.

Ellen’s call to action is timely, as the seal hunt is just getting underway. This year, the Canadian government has sanctioned the slaughter of 468,200 seals, a 20 percent increase from 2010 slaughter numbers.

As Ellen DeGeneres suggested, donating to PETA’s anti-fur campaign is a wonderful way to help the seals, who are killed for their pelts, meat, and oil. But you can also save seals without involving your credit card: The Humane Society of the United States has called for a boycott of Canadian seafood, as many Canadian fishermen hunt seals during the fishing off-season.

In order to help eaters avoid supporting the seal slaughter unknowingly, HSUS has thoughtfully put together a search engine for restaurants in the U.S. that participate in the Canadian seafood boycott.

And seal-lovers everywhere should be aware of one restaurant that doesn’t make HSUS’s list of eateries: Red Lobster. The seafood chain is the world’s largest purchaser of Canadian seafood, and is thus a huge supporter of the commercial seal hunt.

Right now, Red Lobster is the least seal-friendly eatery in the United States. But the restaurant could quickly go from zero to hero: With its 690 North American locations, Red Lobster would pack a powerful punch for seals if they joined the boycott of Canadian seafood.

Sign our petition to tell Red Lobster to stop selling Canadian seafood until the commercial seal slaughter ends for good.

Photo Credit: ronpaulrevolt2008

Annie Hartnett is a writer and animal advocate who has worked for several wildlife rehabilitation centers and environmental programs.


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