Here is last year's article:
"Early in 2011 my attention was drawn to the annual Canadian seal slaughter. Many of you, like me, may have thought that this dreadful annual event had been resigned to the scrap heap years ago. Sadly not. All countries have, or have had, their animal cruelty issues. Centuries ago the UK had bear baiting and organised dog fights.
In spite of the RSPCAs best efforts organised dog fights, albeit illegal ones, have seen a resurgence. The fight goes on to protect UK animals and wildlife and try to encourage change around the world. In April 2011, when the annual horror story, that is the Canadian seal slaughter, was due to commence again, I received some information from Peta. It included a link to 14 terrible images of the killing.
These left me feeling rather disturbed. I have added the link as, in general, the images are too graphic to add here, for random viewing. However, I have added the least graphic image.
Brace yourself and, if you feel able, take a look. Now if you have viewed them tell me that such a practice is acceptable, especially in this day and age. Mankind appears to be far from the sophisticated, civilised creature it thinks it is, when you view these images. I know there is death and destruction going on around the world right now, as always, but spare a thought for these poor creatures. We face conflict and more at various stages of our life. If we are lucky such times are rare. This annual event causes pain and suffering each year unnecessarily.
If you feel moved to do so please lobby who you can to try and put an end to this cruelty. In the end hopefully it will be such pressure that helps implement changes to seal slaughter in Canada. That change should be a ban and needs to begin now. This way next Spring could be a different story for the seals of Canada."
Now for a copy of the PETA email January 25, 2012:
"I'm happy to share some terrific news on PETA's global fight to stop Canada's annual baby-seal slaughter. Ryan Cleary—a member of Parliament from the Canadian province where much of the seal slaughter is scheduled to take place—has now gone on the record stating that it may be time to end the massacre for good as the market for seal skin dwindles as a result of animal rights campaigns. This is terrific news and an indication that PETA's vigorous efforts are beginning to change the minds even of politicians from regions where the seal slaughter takes place.
Cleary's statement comes after a string of victories against the seal slaughter. Thanks in part to the help of thousands of caring members and supporters like you around the world, the U.S. and the European Union (E.U.) have banned seal imports, and just last month, Russia—which buys 80 percent of Canada's seal pelts—took steps to ban imports as well. This move came after Pamela Anderson made an international appeal to Vladimir Putin on PETA's behalf. In just the past year, Iggy Pop and Ke$ha starred in PETA's edgy "Canada's Club Scene Sucks" ads, Sarah McLachlan and Joan Jett penned letters urging Canada to give up its challenges of the E.U. ban, and Canada native William Shatner led our Canadian Tax Day campaign to show citizens and lawmakers that millions of Canadian taxpayer dollars are propping up the dying annual massacre. At last, after all these efforts, national media outlets across Canada are exposing the wasteful slaughter for what it is.
We have finally reached a tipping point in this campaign—the time is now to call on Canada to end the slaughter once and for all. Please take a few minutes and click here to urge Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to stop this annual massacre"
The more of us that sign the petition this year the better. We thank you for your support