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Tell the DFO: No More Restrictions on Observing the Seal Hunt

Comments are due at the beginning of October -- please speak out for the seals today!

Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is proposing unconstitutional changes to the Marine Mammal Regulations -- amendments that would effectively block all independent parties from observing and documenting the commercial seal hunt.

The DFO wants to give the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans even more power to refuse any person an observation permit for the seal hunt -- for any reason -- for five years. Such a move would be in direct violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees freedom of the press.

It is outrageous that instead of stopping the cruelty that happens in the commercial seal hunt, the Canadian government is simply trying to hide it by blocking observation. Please tell the DFO right now that you will not accept these cynical amendments to the Regulations or this under-handed attempt by the Canadian government to cover up the cruelty of Canada's commercial seal hunt.

Use this link to submit your comments to the DFO. Please take time to personalize the letter -- it is important for the government to know that each letter comes from an individual concerned about the seal hunt.

Even if you live outside Canada, it is important that you send your opinion to the Canadian government. The Canadian government needs to be reminded that it is being monitored by the international community and that its clumsy attempts to hide the truth about the annual slaughter of baby seals will not be tolerated.

DFO IS ADVISING THAT COMMENTS ARE DUE AT THE BEGINNING OF OCTOBER BUT WILL NOT GIVE AN ACTUAL DEADLINE DATE, SO PLEASE SEND YOUR COMMENTS TO DFO NOW.

Please tell your friends! Thank you!

Gitte Thornberg
Scandinavian Anti-Sealing Coalition

RELATED LINKS:

DFO Reports and Publications -- Proposed Amendments to Section 32 and 33 of the
Marine Mammal Regulations
http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/communic/fish_man/consultations/MMR-RMM_e.htm

Sections 32 and 33 of the Marine Mammal Regulations
http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/showdoc/cr/SOR-93-56/bo-ga:l_II//en

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/charter/const_en.html#libertes

HSUS -- Canada's Cruel Seal Hunt: Video Evidence of the atrocities from the 2007
commercial seal hunt
http://video.hsus.org/?fr_chl=b14f29e830c81ae4030d6ce92e6d2b271882e4d0&r f=bm

HSUS --Tell the DFO: No More Restrictions on Observing the Seal Hunt
https://community.hsus.org/campaign/ global_dfo_seal_hunt/wg8uwi34f83bd5i

IFAW -- Don't Let DFO Get Away with This!
http://blog.stopthesealhunt.com/2007/09/dont-let-dfo-ge.html#comments



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