Sea Shepherd Calls Out Obama on Canadian Baby Seal Hunt

  • Published on March 26th, 2009

He did it while he was only Senator Obama, but will President Obama openly condemn Canada’s annual baby seal slaughter?

Now that it is once again time for the annual seal hunt slaughter in Canada, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society wants to hold President Obama to Senator Obama’s words.

In a 2006 letter just published by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Senator Obama wrote to a concerned family telling them he believed the United States should not condone the annual baby seal slaughter in Canada, and that he would work with his colleagues in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee “to take the necessary steps to express our outrage with this inhumane measure.”

Along with the letter, the Sea Shepherds published this today on their website: “The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is very hopeful that President Barack Obama will act strongly as President to oppose and condemn the annual slaughter of baby seals by Canadian sealers.”

The Canadian government has set a quota of 338,000 baby seals for the country’s annual hunt slaughter, an increase of 55,000 from last year.

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  • A Hut

    I will stop killing mice and rats if you agree to stop killing seals. Agreed?

  • Espen S

    What is it about this “saving the seal” thing?

    There is no need to save the seals, they are reproducing at a high speed! To the Norwegians, seals are as cute as mice and rats. Can you people please explain to me when you became five year old kids, crying your eyes out about the killing of cute animals? Do you cry like this when you hear the numbers of rats or mice being killed every year in your own country? To be able to use the seals to something- fur- is more than you are able to, when you kill mice and rats, don’t you get it? To kill seals, then, is a win-win: you balance the numbers of them, and you get a nice product at the same time. Can you perhaps talk Obama into a nice campaign when he wants to save the rats and mice of your country from the relentless hunting of them? Do you read me? Five year old kids cry when “cute animals” are killed! Five year old kids! Doh. The seals needs no saving. Are you five year olds, or not?

  • hermitofm

    I think if you devoted more effort into voicing your outrage to atrocities like this, just maybe, the world would be a little better

  • Alex

    How would you like it to be whacked hard over the head as a 'sport'!?

    Norway and Canada have a new kind of tourism. Killing baby seals. They call it a 'sport'..

    You want to call this a sport ?

    Is he a sportsman?


    You're our only hope !!!

    This barbarism shouldnt be possible in our society..

    Dont turn your back on us, we are defenseless

    I know these images seem painful for you, but we feel the pain. We are being slaughtered and its going on RIGHT NOW…

    What gives him the right to kill us? Who is he to decide about life and death?

    What kind of sport is this? I didnt harm anyone. I was just swimming around..

    Please help me and my friends…

    You cant just ignore these images.. Keeping silent and doing nothing makes you guilty…

    Please help us

    Please dont leave us alone…


    You can make a statement by

    reposting this to get as many people as you can

    to repost this.

    Bring these murderers to the attention

    of world leaders.

    Thank you!!!!

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  • russ

    That action was beneficial at the time. Now it wouldn't be so you decide what the pres will do.

    He is politics above all – no prisoners taken.