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April 13, 2011

Seal Slaughter Blights My Childhood Landscape

Humane Society International

Aldworth with dead pup, 2010

Michelle Riley/The HSUS

by Rebecca Aldworth

The weather has cleared and the Protect Seals team is flying to the sealing grounds.

Early in the morning, with the sun reflecting on the mountaintops, it is hard to imagine a more beautiful place. This is where I grew up, where I learned right from wrong and to stand up for those who cannot defend themselves.

I remember how close to nature I felt here. The whales swimming through the bay, the moose walking through our garden, the birds all around us—all teaching me in their own ways that I was a small part of the tremendous landscape around me.

Your donation can help us make this land peaceful again.

I think of the children I used to play with, and how they loved the animals too. I remember how my best friend and I at just five or six years of age decided we were against the seal hunt, and told local fishermen this.

And I wonder what happened. How the children of my memory could have grown up to sanction slaughtering pups just a few weeks of age to produce something as pointless as fur coats. How instead of opposing something so barbaric, they search for reasons to defend it.

Sea ice—and progress—ahead

Societal change can be slow, but change is coming here. And that is why our presence at the killing grounds is so important. For the images we film of the slaughter cannot be ignored. They show the world—even those who want to continue the shooting and clubbing—exactly why Canada's commercial seal hunt must end.

Miles ahead, we glimpse the sea ice on the horizon. And we try not to think about what we are about to see.

Today's children should grow up free of this bloody tradition. Please make a gift now to help us stop the seal slaughter.

Rebecca Aldworth is director of Humane Society International Canada (HSI Canada).

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