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PROGRESS REPORT: 2005
See what and how organizations all over the world are ramping up their efforts to end the bloody seal hunt once and for all:

SEAL PELT INDUSTRY:
EXPOSED!
Save the Seals!

See why the vanity of the fur industry keeps the seal slaughter alive and the seals without skins!
 
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Paul & Heather McCartney are the seal's new best friends in 2006!

MEDIA ATTENTION: 2008

We will try to keep up with the media on the seals and make it available to you here.

LATEST PRESS:

Seal hunt opinions. Op-ed's on the slaughter

Seal hunt begins. Early news on the slaughter

Sealers prepare for 2008 slaughter with concerns over pelt prices

PEI fishermen seek increase in grey seal kill quota

MEDIA ATTENTION: 2007

U.S. House of Representatives calls on Canada to end seal hunt

Canadian government to challenge seal import bans via WTO

Seal pelt prices dive in 2007

Canadian seafood tainted with melamine

Netherlands bans seal product imports

Sealing boats freed in last weeks of the slaughter of 2007

More European Seal Product Bans

Canadian journalist decries hunt

Sealing boats stuck in ice off Newfoundland

Heavy Ice makes for slow start to hunt on Front

860 seal pups killed in southern Gulf

Ice conditions cause extremely high pup mortality

Fisheries officials say poor ice in Gulf may affect this year's seal hunt

Neither Here nor There. NL Mismanagement of Nature

The hypocrisy of the DFO

Miami Joins Protest Of Harp Seal Hunt In Canada

Seal 'hunt' protests in Canada

Furor comes before the seal hunt

Protests to accompany baby seal hunt in Russia

Fisheries Minister announces fish export figures for 2006

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
The slaughter got quite a bit of media attention in the spring of 2006. The momentum started on March 2nd and 3rd when Heather and Paul McCartney visited the ice with the seals (c/o HSUS), and followed up with a stellar performance on the Larry King show.

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.

Businesswoman Cathy Kangas Offers Sealer Buyout to Stop Seal "Hunt" DFO says "no."

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.


Brigit Bardot fights for the seals in Ottawa
Brigitte Bardot travels to Ottawa to deliver thousands of petition signatures and ask PM Harper to stop the seal slaughter now. Capt. Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd held a press conference with her and actress Persia White on March 22.

Will there be enough ice in 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)

...and lots more: (Listed in order of most recent ones first, then descending in time. We hope for ever more press coverage in our attempt to make this year the last year of the hunt if we can't outright stop it! )

(Inuit Politicians Speak out as Pawns of the Canadian Government-
(Toronto Star Stories with commentary by Paul Watson - March 13th- 16th, A.M. "After McCartneys"- 2006)

Editorials on the seal "hunt" in Canadian newspapers
(late Jan. - Feb, 2006)

Canadian newspapers report on the threat seal pups face due to the lack of ice.
(Feb 14, 2006)

POOR ICE CONDITIONS THREATEN SEAL PUPS ... Demand a moratorium on the seal "hunt"! -
(News release, Feb 13, 2006)

Two more countries stop seal skin imports: Italy and Mexico -(News releases, Feb 06 and 13, 2006)

Greenland 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)

Check out the story
They're back making headlines in the US... and we're ecstatic!

MEDIA ATTENTION: 2005
2005 brought a lot of media to the annual slaughter of the baby seals for many reasons. It was the last year of the largest 3 year quota in history, sealers attacked activists and activists started lawsuits, the Canadian seafood boycott began, etc.

The following stories tell just a fraction of the story:
(Listed in order of most recent ones first, then descending in time.)


McCartney Blasts Canada over Seal Hunting- (Dual articles run about Paul and Heather McCartney joining the hunt opposition and writing to PM.- Irish Examiner.com and Ireland Online- Dec. 2nd, 2005)

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Richard Dean Anderson in a press conference with Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd in Canada

March 15th, 2005
News about the International Day of Protesting for the seals:

Seal Hunt Protests Held in 30 Countries-
(CBC News- Ottawa)

March 8th- 12th, 2005
A series of News Stories about the Sea Shepherd's boat in Canadian waters:


MacGyver Tackles Seal Hunt-

(CBC News)


Anti-Sealing Protestors Returning in Strength-
(CBC Canada- Prince Edward Island)

Stranded in Freezing Waters-
(The Bermuda Royal Gazette- March 12th)


Protest Ship Heads to Port after Taking on Water-
(The New Zealand Herald- March 8th)


DURING and PRIOR to the April- June killing season starting were these stories:

PATTI DAVIS on Canada's River of Blood -
(Letter to Newsweek on "why you should be concerned about Canada's biggest baby seal hunt in 50 years." April 6, 2005)

CANADIAN SEAFOOD BOYCOTT IS IMMININENT-
(Press release about the imminent seafood boycott from major environmental groups HSUS, WSPA, API, etc. - Toronto- January 26th, 2005)

CANADA'S COWARDLY FACE-

(Op ed peice by Matthew Scully, former speech writer for President George W. Bush- National Post, January 05, 2005)


MAN CLUBBING BABY SEAL- (News story about new Peta billboard in Denver- February 6th, 2005, Eventsquarterly.com)

WELCOME TO CLUB DEAD- (How sick can it get?)
(Canadian aren't the only ones killing harpseals... and now, thanks to Norway, YOU CAN CLUB A BABY SEAL TOO! Amazing but true story w/ links- 2005)

National Geographic
National Geographic did a cover story on harp seals in 2004

MEDIA ATTENTION: 2004
Many stories and media attention about the seal hunt came out in 2004, the second year of the new 3 year quota.

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.

WHO WILL DEFEND THE SEAL CLUBBERS?: The Canadian fisherman has as much right to go out clubbing as the average 18 year old, writes Boris Johnson (April 16, 2004)- Article - The Source- Australia

NATIONAL 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)

CANADIAN SEALER'S ASSOCIATION SHUT DOWN-
(what a pity)
(Article: St. Johns Telegram: "Sealers blasted for Office Closure"- March 31st, 2004)





View the transcriptMEDIA ATTENTION: 2003
Perhaps it is because the year 2003 was the largest slaughter of seals in over 150 years of the hunt that the seals had a few moments of public recognition. (Listed in order of most recent ones first, then descending in time.)

CANADIAN SEAL HUNT QUESTIONED ON FOX NEWS SHOW "THE FACTOR"-
(Transcript: Back of the book section- July 11th, 2003, with Humane Society's Wayne Pacelle)

SEAL HUNT FOES (HUMANE SOCIETY) URGE BOYCOTT OF CANADA WITH FULL SCALE ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN-
(Article about the Humane Society's most recent boycott campaign and advertisement in the New York Times- Toronto Star, June 17th, 2003)

SEALING REVENUE DECLINES WHILE CRUELTY MOUNTS
(Ottowa, June 17th, 2003)
Article - IFAW


The seals and whales never
had a better friend...
SEAL HUNT QUOTA TO RISE FOR ATLANTIC, ACTIVISTS FEAR (February 2, 2003 Sunday Edition; Pg. A9) Article - Montreal Gazette

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







Martin Sheen, Linda Blair, and Pierce Brosnan
congratulate Guest of Honor Paul Watson
at Ark Trust's Genesis Awards
OTHER CELEBRITIES THAT HAVE SPOKEN OUT FOR THE SEALS
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...


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