SEAL HUNT IN THE MEDIA
Recent Media Attention and Articles from Past Years
MEDIA ATTENTION: 2008
We will try to keep up with the media on the seals and make it available to you here.
Canada's Boycott Counter-offensive. Canadian Government dives into American political and commercial affairs.
Seal Population Declines. Global warming and the annual massacre take their toll on the seals. DFO and IFAW reports.
European Commission Refuses to Ban Seal Product Imports. Commission rejects European Parliament's request.
MEDIA ATTENTION: 2006
Jimmy Buffett Joins Canadian Seafood Boycott. Cafes no longer will carry Canadian seafood.
Germany Bans Seal Product Imports. And advocates EU-wide ban.
Canadian government to further restrict seal "hunt" observation. Loyola Hearn's damage control attempts...
Green Party of Canada set to abandon seal protection. New leader seeks "conciliatory stance".
Hooded seals stray to Florida. Scientists baffled.
EU Parliament supports seal import ban. Declaration voted on in Belgium.
Kangas proposes seal license buy back. Latest philanthropic attempt to end the seal slaughter.
Canada Fisheries Minister tries to avoid EU seal skin ban. Invites EU MEP's to see the "hunt."
Sealers killed seals illegally this year. They are charged with 'jumping the gun.' This is really just the tip of the Canadian iceberg.
Sealer finally charged for assaulting observer in 2005 kill. It wasn't the one who attacked Harpseals.org's Ian Robichaud. The RCMP would like to dismiss this case, but they have another thing coming...
Canada claims banner year for sealers. The Canadian government said this year's sealing revenues may be double last year's.
Norway burns seal skins. Norway is the biggest importer of Canadian seal skins. Is there a glut on the market?
Greenland repeals ban on seal skin imports. Canadian DFO convinces them to reverse decision. Moral of the story: Always remain vigilant and follow up on victories!
UK Ministers back European ban on seal skin imports. Ministers urged to ban imports to UK without delay.
DFO considers tightening restrictions on "hunt" observers. Fisheries officials dismayed at publicity consider further restricting access by observers.
Seal pelt prices rise as "hunt" ends. Sealers celebrate unexpectedly high prices.
Canadian fishermen clamor for new commercial hunt of grey seals. Once again, Canadian fishermen claim the seals are eating up their livelihood.
Patti Davis comments on the seal "hunt" again in Newsweek. See the 2005 media below for her commentary at the time of the 2005 "hunt."
The Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, finally responds to the celebrity calls for the "hunt" to end after snubbing Pam Anderson, Brigitte Bardot, and Sir Paul and Heather Mills McCartney. Pamela hits back. All on Entertainment Tonight Canada, April 6, 7 pm ET/Pt.
Maryland restaurants boycott Canadian seafood. The Washington Post reports on restaurants in Maryland that have joined the Canadian seafood boycott.
Gulf "hunt" ends with sealers killing over quota The CBC reports an official kill of 19,500, which they say is 1,000 over quota.
Pam Anderson speak out against the seal "hunt" at the Juno Awards Pam's request to meet with the Prime Minister was turned down, but she still got to say her piece to Canada at this award show (much like the American Grammy Awards).
Croatia Bans Seal Skin Imports Adding their country to the growing list of nations off limits to Canada's slaughtered seal products.
Singer Morissey Boycotts Canada British rock singer Morissey won't perform in Canada because of the seal "hunt."
CBC Coverage of the seal "hunt" The Canadian Broadcast Corp., a mouthpiece of the Canadian government has been reporting on the "hunt". Here we reprint their skewed coverage.
News reports from Miami: WFOR Ch. 4's Jennifer Santiago visited the ice with HSUS and put together a moving report on the seal "hunt." Ch. 4 and Ch. 10 covered Harpseals.org's vigil and street theater at the Canadian consulate in Miami on March 30, 2006.
Paul and Heather Mills McCartney visit Canada and debate NL Premier -
(Mixed articles and press about Paul and
Heather Mills McCartney joining the hunt opposition- CNN Transcripts, USA
Today, Associated Press, PEI Guardian, Nova Scotia Daily News, and related
commentary- March 2nd-4th, 2006, plus the Irish Examiner.com and Ireland
Online- Dec. 2nd, 2005)
bans imports of Canadian seal skins -(Article
from Agence France Presse: "Greenland has forbidden its state-run
tannery from buying Canadian seal skins because of the "barbaric" killing
methods used...", Jan. 6, 2006)
Perhaps the BIGGEST
story, in terms of reaching people and overall public recognition was
the fact that National Geographic magazine did a cover story about harpseals
in March, 2004.
GEOGRAPHIC COVER STORY- (link takes you
to the search page for "harp seals" for which there are many
articles relating to the story: "Harp Seals: the Hunt for Balance"-
National Geographic magazine- March 2004)
FISHERIES OFFICIALS WILL ALLOW THE HUNTING AND KILLING OF 975,000 HARP SEALS IN ATLANTIC CANADA OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS. (February 2, 2003 Sunday, Toronto Globe and Mail Story)- Article - Toronto Globe, by Jeff Gray
New Democratic Party Chief of Staff Resigns Because of His Opposition to the Canadian Seal Slaughter January 5th, 2003)- Article- Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Over the years, there have been quite a few celebrities that have offered their name, dollars, and efforts to the anti seal-hunt cause in varying capacities.
These celebrities have tremendous power to be effective activists due to the influence they have over the media and are always sought after by anti-sealing organizations.
A list of celebrities that have been involved in seal hunt opposition are: Brigitte Bardot and Franz Weber, (they're back with us in 2005! See press, 2005), Pierce Brosnan, Mick Jagger, John Paul DeJoria, Ed Bagley Jr., Martin Sheen, Dave Foreman, Farley Mowat, Linda Blair, Berkeley Breathed, Richard Dean Anderson, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and most recently in 2006- Paul and Heather McCartney, among others. (See press, 2006.)
Harpseals.org is ALWAYS on the lookout for more celebrities or well known people to join in the fight for the seals!
If you are one of these people, or know someone who is, please contact us for more information.
* If anyone comes across any other stories in the media, please send them to us and we'll post it here!
Archive note: For those interested, the reason we make our own pages out of these stories instead of linking directly to the media sites where they are found is that the original articles are often moved (and very difficult to find again) after just a few weeks. By doing it this way, we archive them for future reference. Sorry about the dead links, thats part of the game...