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Activists strip off in protest of Canadian seal hunt

March 15, 2010

ANIMAL liberationists have stripped off for a protest in Canberra, showing some skin to raise awareness of the skinning of seals.

The four protesters rallied in front of the Canadian High Commission in Canberra today, with only a small banner, flesh coloured underwear and splatters of fake blood to protect their modesty.

Animal Liberation ACT spokesman Bernie Brennan said the protest was part of a global day of action aimed at ending Canada's annual hunt.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says more than 330,000 harp seals were killed in Canada last year, with most of them under three months old.

Mr Brennan said it was a brutal hunt, with many animals skinned alive and their carcasses left to rot, because there was no market for seal meat.

"It's pretty extreme what they do up there, so it's a very fitting protest," he said.

"We're talking about babies here that are still dependent on their mums, haven't had any life at all, and here we are, clubbing them to death at 14 days old."

Protester Jo Morgan said she did not hesitate to undress for the cause - but she was glad it was an unusually warm Canberra day.

"It's nothing compared to what the seals have to go through," she said.

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