Every March, the ice floes in Norway are bloodied as hunters bludgeon and
skin baby harp seals for their fur. The Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade
reports that approximately 80% of the seals killed are just weeks old, and
that because of the inaccuracy of clubbing, many of the seals are fully
conscious when their skin is ripped from their bodies.
(11/06), The Guardian reported that Norway’s fisheries minister, worried
that local hunters aren’t meeting their killing quota, has proposed making
the seal hunt an “exclusive,” international tourist attraction. When
interviewed by a Norwegian newspaper, the minister said, “Seal hunting on
the wild Norwegian coast should be sold as an exclusive product to
tourists. . . this could be a big hit. . . we have to take out more
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Write Norway’s Tourist Board and tell them that you will not spend your
tourist dollars in a country that promotes animal cruelty as a tourist
Send your letters to:
Norwegian Tourist Board
P.O. Box 2893 Solli
Please cc your letters to:
Svein Ludvigsen, Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries
P.O. Box 8118 Dep
Fax: 011-47-22-24- 95-85.
(Please note: postage to Norway is $1.60)
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