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April 8, 2010

Seal Hunt 2010: The Killing Begins

A "Live from the Ice" dispatch from Rebecca Aldworth, director of Humane Society International/Canada

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  • A sealer drags a clubbed, bloody seal back to the boat. Gray Mitchell/HSI

  • A weeks-old baby seal is clubbed to death in Canada. Gray Mitchell/HSI

  • We captured this image of a sealer slaughtering two baby seals from our helicopter. Frank Loftus/HSI

  • The boats were covered in the blood of baby seals. Gray Mitchell/HSI

  • Seal pups on the ice, unaware of their fate. Gray Mitchell/HSI

  • A sealer lifts his weapon to kill a baby seal. Michelle Riley/HSI

by Rebecca Aldworth

It is hard to find words to describe what I have witnessed today. In the twelve years that I have documented this seal kill, this is some of the worst cruelty I've ever seen.

The Canadian government claims that it has made the hunt humane ... but there is not a person alive who could watch what occurred today and think for one second it should continue. Read the rest of Rebecca's dispatch on Wayne's blog»

Then please support the end of the seal hunt in Canada: donate to save seals, or sign the pledge to boycott seafood from Canada»

Rebecca Aldworth is Executive Director of Humane Society International/Canada. For the past decade, she has been a firsthand observer of Canada's commercial seal hunt, escorting more than 100 scientists, parliamentarians and journalists to the ice floes to witness the slaughter.

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