Sweetest Little Things!
This is a baby Harp Seal. Isn't he cute? Once seal pups are born they only get a very little time with their Mom, just a few days, up to a couple of weeks for some species. Then she's off to go mate and begins to ween the pup. Sometimes the process is quite harsh and abrupt! The Harp Seal has one thing to his advantage - he develops a lovely and warm white coat soon after birth. The coat has a dual purpose: it protects him from predators by blending in with the ice, and it keeps him warm until he develops a full layer of blubber. At this point the cute little thing has still not taken his first swim in the ocean, or had a meal of solid food. He can barely scoot around on the ice. After a few days, this beautiful fur begins to molt. They only get to be this cute and cuddly for a few days of their lives!
There is one big disadvantage to his beautiful coat: baby seals are hunted especially for it. While adult seals are considered "hunted" too, it is by far the baby seals the hunters are after. Harp Seals are the most sought after, but some other species are vulnerable too. Ribbon Seals were over hunted in the 19th century and are now listed as a "species of concern" , and Hooded Seals, who are often caught as "by catch" (in with gillnets for limpfish for example) are taken as pups or "bluebacks" for their beautiful blue-black fur.
Now there is an even more urgent threat to our precious baby seals: Global Warming - they are drowning from lack of ice or getting crushed by broken ice chunks
Photo credit: Kids4Seals.org
The Fight to Save Baby Seals
Taking the lives & skins of baby seals who aren't even swimming yet - it is a cowardly hunt. These poor baby seals are not yet even strong enough to drag themselves away. They are often skinned & dragged across the ice while still alive. Sometimes they are clubbed and left to suffer an agonizing death. Still others are shot from the boat, with the intention of killing them with a tool called a hakapik (looks sort of like an axe but with a sharper end), but instead the shot and injured seals slip into the water to die from their wounds more slowly.
Most of the baby seal killing occurs in Canada, but other nations allow the practice, including Norway, Russia, and Namibia. The United States and European Union, as well as Mexico, have all banned the seal trade. In an attempt to get Canada to join the fight against killing baby seals, celebrities, chefs, and celebrity chefs have joined together to protest with the "Kind Dining" initiative. The plan is simple: stop buying Canadian Seafood!
Cute Baby Seal Videos
So Innocent and Sweet!
The Bond - Wayne Pacelle
Wayne Pacelle, President of U.S. Humane Society, writes a compelling and from-the-heart book which both celebrates human-animal relationships and confronts cruelty to animals.
We have learned so much in the past several years about how much in common we have with our fellow inhabitants of this planet. In many ways, animals are becoming more like our brothers and sisters. In some instances, they are our teachers. Yet, still, some people seem to think it is okay to treat animals with cruelty. This book examines this dichotomy and looks for ways to enhance the human-animal bond while decreasing the existence of animal cruelty.
Harp Seal Art
Please report if you see any "seal fur" objects for sale anywhere
Are these people Human?
Canadian law says you have to keep clubbing the seal in the forehead until you know for sure that it's dead.
I cannot believe clubbing it even once is considered "humane" .... these are helpless babies!
Fast Facts: Canada's Commercial Seal Hunt - from the Humane Society of the United States
Nat Geo on Why Keep Hunting?
- Demand For Seal Products Has Fallen—So Why Do Canadians Keep Hunting?
The seal business isn’t booming any longer, but the Great White North is reluctant to give up the controversial pursuit.
97 percent of the seals killed in the past 10 years have been less than three months of age. At the time of slaughter, many had yet to eat their first solid meal or take their first swim, leaving them utterly defenseless against the "hunters".
I could understand if they were starving and needed meat, that they might kill some of the adult seals (in a humane manner of course), but the only reason to kill the babies is for their fur! People are so disgusted with this practice all over the world that even that is not a good economic reason to do this anymore. They seem to be doing it for the sheer brutality of it. I don't get it. Maybe before anyone is allowed to "club" a baby seal, one must be clubbed himself first, just so they know exactly how it feels!
In 2001, an independent veterinary panel studied the commercial seal hunt. They concluded that the seal hunt results in considerable and unacceptable suffering. They noted that in 42 percent of the seals examined there was not enough evidence of cranial injury to even guarantee unconsciousness at the time of skinning.
This is what we've thought all along. It's such a joke to say this is humane. Somebody please take the blinders off the government and people who support treating other creatures in this horrific manner!
Download the rest of "Fast Facts" humanesociety.org
Fake Fur is In! Fashion says 'No' to real fur!
- Luxury Faux Furs Take Center Stage at Fashion Week in NYC - Their Turn
In the mid-1990s, fashion designer Anna Tagliabue wanted to launch a line of luxury faux fur clothing. The technology, however, wasn't available. Twenty years later, Ms. Tagliabue staged a runway show during NYC's prestigious Fashion Week.
- Will Russia's Ban on Harp Seal Skins End Canada's Annual Mass Clubbings? : TreeHugger
Belarus, Kazakhstan, and the Russian Federation have banned the trade of harp seal skins, eliminating a major market for seals killed in Canada. "The time has come to acknowledge that the world does not want, nor need, cruel seal products." .......S
More Ways to Help - And further resources
- Harp Seal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Harp Seal Information
- Click to Defend Baby Seals
Your free click generates donations from our sponsors. You may click once a day, every day. 100% of the donations raised go directly to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). Your clicks make it possible for IFAW seal hunt observers to con
- Seal Hunt : The Humane Society of the United States
Each year, hundreds of thousands of seals are clubbed and shot to death in Canada for their fur. This annual commercial seal hunt is the largest slaughter of marine mammals in the world. Join our ProtectSeals campaign in ending this cruel and needles
- Why do they club seals? - Slate Magazine
Animal welfare activists clashed with seal-pup hunters in Canada this week, just a few days into the annual sealing season. A commercial vessel rammed an inflatable boat filled with protesters over the weekend, and hunters threw seal guts. Animal rig
- Seal hunting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Baby Seal Slaughter in Canada - The Pet Wiki
On Hay Island, Nova Scotia, February 22, 2011, the Canadian baby seal hunt began. The baby seal hunt is one of the most horrible and inhumane acts perpetrated by man.
- Hooded Seal
Seal Conservation Society - Pinnipeds and Seal conservation, research, information and rehabilitation.
- Harp Seals, Pagophilus groenlandicus at MarineBio.org
Harp Seals, Pagophilus groenlandicus, Mammalia, Carnivora, Phocidae, Description and Fascinating Facts, World Range and Habitat, Feeding Behavior, Life History, Ecology, Reproduction, Conservation Status/Additional Comments, References, and Further R
What do you think about the way they kill baby Seals? - Should they even be allowed to kill them at all?
Larry Hochstetler on October 06, 2020:
No No No No it is very inhumane way to treat especially seals it's cruel and evil act of the devil just to make money these hunters should be the ones being club to death the seals are so beautiful and adorable they do not deserve this type of cruelty the seals are very loving animals in which God created them
anonymous on January 03, 2012:
Baby Seals are the cutest creatures. No, I don't think they should be killed the baby seals.
mockingbird999 on October 27, 2011:
Baby seals are just the cutest things ever.
Karen Kay (author) from Jackson, MS on October 27, 2011:
@Heather426: Thanks Heather... it really is a tough topic. So easy to turn a blind eye... just for the sheer brutality of it. Thanks for viewing anyway. You are a courageous person!
Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on October 27, 2011:
I don't wear fur so I won't contribute to the killing of any animals for fur. In Asia, they kill cats and dogs for fur( Pretty sure you already knew that) so no thanks! Cloth coats work just fine!I knew this page would make me sad. I so hate the hunters of the baby seals.