Friday, March 03, 2006

Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney Protests Seal Hunt in Canada

Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and his wife Heather protested against the harp seal hunt in Canada this week during a visit to Prince Edward Island. McCartney and his wife who is an animal activist, fly out by helicopter to ice floes near Iles-de-la-Madeleine about 160 kilometres northeast of Prince Edward Island where they observed and were photographed with harp seal pups up close. "Previous Canadian governments have allowed this heartbreaking hunt to continue despite the fact that the majority of its citizens ...are opposed to it," the Canadian Press reported the McCartneys as saying at a news conference in Charlottetown.

"We don't want to see the local people suffer," McCartney told the Canadian Press. "But, from what we hear, it is quite a small amount of their annual revenue and this could be easily sorted out by the Canadian government, if they care to do it."

"Canada is known as a great nation," McCartney said in the CP interview. "But this is something that leaves a stain on the character of the Canadian people and we don't think that's right. I don't think the vast amount of Canadians think that's right."

McCartney's trip to Prince Edward Island was arranged by the Humane Society of the United States, which hopes that the media attention will put pressure on the Canadian government to end the annual seal hunt.

For beautiful Inuit art of seals, see Seal Inuit Carvings.


Twink said...
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Twink said...

Show you care! Visit the IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) and sign a petition to the Canadian Prime Minister.