I am Rebecca Aldworth with Humane Society International. I’ve been working to end Canada’s commercial baby seal hunt for nearly 20 years by documenting the hunt at close range, closing down world markets for seal products (including a ban in the E...
I’m the executive director of Humane Society International - Canada and I work primarily on our Protect Seals campaign to end the annual commercial slaughter of baby seals in Canada.
The issue: Essentially, the Canadian seal hunt is a slaughter of baby seals – they’re clubbed, shot or impaled with metal hooks for their fur. Ninety-seven percent of the seals killed in the past five years have been less than three months old, and the majority just one month old or less.
About me: I grew up in a sealing community in Newfoundland but became opposed at an early age after seeing the hunt on TV, and in the early 2000’s I began working against it full-time. Since then I’ve helped to secure a ban on the trade of seal products in the EU and for the past fifteen years I’ve been a firsthand observer of the hunt, escorting more than 100 scientists, parliamentarians and journalists to the ice floes to witness the slaughter.
We estimate that in the last five years our work has saved more than 1.4 million baby seals, but there’s a long way to go: the Canadian government continues to give subsidies to sealers and is trying to open new markets for seal fur.
Here are some links you may be interested in:
A recent piece the Weather Channel did on our campaign
Ask me anything!