Celebrity Guest Post, The Barbi Twins weigh in on Canadian seal slaughter
We have a very special celebrity guest post today from Playboy models turn animal activists, Shane and Sia Barbi regarding the Canadian seal hunt that is taking place now. We have all seen the pictures of the seals being clubbed…it’s horrible and difficult really to describe just how horrible it is…but, many of us didn’t know what to do about it. In the information below, Shane and Sia outline some steps we can take to stop the hunt.
In addition, you may not know that Sia, Shane and Shane’s husband, actor Ken Wahl are all actively involved in animal rescue and animal rights. They have an organization called the Kitty Liberation Front:
And obviously, they all have a sense of humor and know how to get the message across:
Shane and Sia also wrote a book:
On our Pets Teach Us So Much Earth Day Special Show, we talked about how all animal lovers need to help each other out and work together. Shane and Sia were so gracious in our email exchanges today we just had a feeling that they had the hearts of great animal lovers like so many of you do. We know all of you reading this post are working hard every day to help our little furry pals. We are so greatful celebs like The Barbi Twins and Ken Wahl who stand up for animal rights. We hope Shane and Sia can join us next week on our show and we encourage you to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
From Shane and Sia Barbi:
“People have choices, animals don’t. We should not use and abuse animals just because we can. We should respect and protect animals, helping them one paw, hoof, fin, claw and tail at a time.”
(The information below was originally printed in an article by Jeromie Williams on examiner.com.)
About the seal hunt:
Canadians are some of the most well mannered, compassionate people in the world, and many in the animal rights world are from Canada. My sister and her husband have always wanted to live in gorgeous Canada, and we all want to visit their wonderful people, but we want ask others to stand united against the Canadian seal slaughter.
The Canadian seal hunt which is happening right now, is the largest marine mammal slaughter in the world. Nearly 400,000 seals are slated to be killed this season, and in the next few months this will happen mostly to the seal pups that are easier to get to.
The seal hunt is a dying business, especially with climate change and melting ice issues. The seal hunt actually costs Canada more than it makes, relying mostly on subsidies from the government and tax payers. The inhumane slaughter gives Canada a bad reputation – it’s dated, barbaric and most Canadians are not in support of it.
Canadians vote their politicians into office and should voice their opinion and not support this “politically correct” and inhumane barbaric blood sport in the disguise of culture and tradition. It is as dated as a cave man clubbing a woman on the head and dragging her by her hair.
If more people saw the images of baby seals helplessly trying to run from sealers, mothers begging for their lives while many others are skinned alive, there would be an outcry. The rules for humane slaughter are not being enforced as is being reported by Sheryl Fink from the IFAW who has witnessed and filmed a pups being skinned alive.
What can we do?
We can boycott and protest, PPP – People, Places and Products – that support the seal hunt, or that enable the seal hunt to continue. Call Canadian tourism agencies and tell them that you are boycotting any visits to Canada as long as they turn a blind eye to the seal slaughter. Boycott any products that support seal fins, seal parts, or pelts. Target BUYERS of seal pelts and parts with petitions, letter campaigns and boycotts of anyone or anything that supports the buyers of seal skins. Hatem Yavuz is one of the last and biggest buyers of seal pelts and known as the Seal Slaughter Tycoon. He is the DEVIL to seals. No buyer = no hunt. Simple supply and demand.
Help inspire eco-tourism that brings in more money than they are losing in the hunt, and help repair Canada’s reputation that has beem stigmatized cruelty and bring peace to the conflicting Canadians that are SICK of paying for a barbaric, dying and disgusting slaughter. It’s hardly a fair hunt when the ones hunted are helpless babies begging for their lives. Let’s reinvent the image of the seals back into the innocent, helpless animal victims that they are.
Inform others and expose the truth! No more excuses and lies! Do not let pro sealers get by with using the excuse that the overpopulation of seals eat the fish stocks – that is a lie, they actually eat predatory fish that go after the fish we all eat. It is not culture or tradition, it is more like an embarrassing “family secret” that they have to deny and justify. There is NO career in seal hunts. The government has to actually pay out and use tax payer money to subsidize the hunt because it just doesn’t make money. They LOSE money.
Call or contact Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans who is also responsible for the Canadian Coast Guard at 1-8OO-224-0018 or by email at Shea.G@parl.gc.ca. She can extend the hunt season and has already raised the hunt limit by 200,000 seals. She has even promoted the eating of seal meat at political functions in order to justify the seal hunt as a traditional practice when it is simply MURDER.
Do not donate blindly or join fraudulent groups without researching first – there are imposters out there pretending to be activists. Be hands on, ACT, don’t REACT! The most reputable, credible organization is the official Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) run by Paul Watson, and we recommend that everyone research any seal group, spokesperson or campaign through them at http://www.seashepherd.org/
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