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Canada Clings To Cruel Seal Hunt

(SEAL HUNT/ANIMAL WELFARE) Canada’s annual seal hunt kicked off on Monday despite widespread condemnation and a dying demand for seal products. A total of 34 countries, including the United States, Russia, and members of the EU, now ban imported seal products, but with the support of the Canadian government, the seal industry still stubbornly clings to life. Read on to find out why Canada continues to defend this barbaric practice. — Global Animal

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Sled Dog Survivors Search For Loving Homes

(ANIMAL CRUELTY) BRITISH COLUMBIA — Dozens of former sled dogs are now seeking loving homes with committed caregivers, three years after surviving the brutal killing of 56 of their fellow pack members. British Columbia’s SPCA calls the incident one of the worst mass animal cruelty cases in Canadian history. The dogs that survived the cull have been under the care of a non-profit animal welfare organization after the mass grave was uncovered in late 2010. Read on to learn more about the dogs’ situation and find out how you can help. — Global Animal

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Flight Delayed For Barker’s Elephants

(ANIMAL WELFARE) TORONTO — Last year, Toronto’s city council agreed to transfer three elephants from the Toronto Zoo to the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in California. Despite funding courtesy of game show host and animal activist Bob Barker, the arrangements have hit a volley of roadblocks. Continue reading below to find out what the future holds for the elephants, and why relocation plans have been delayed. — Global Animal

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Bleak Endings For Belugas At Marineland Canada

(MARINE PARKS) ONTARIO — The ocean life at Marineland Canada is subjected to a bleak environment consisting of glass barriers, screaming children, overstressed parents, and roller coasters. Last week, a park spokesperson confirmed speculation surrounding these unsafe conditions, specifically the deaths of two young beluga whales. This information was brought to light in October 18, 2012, when the Toronto Star reported the park suddenly lost two young belugas. Although no specific date of death has been given for either animal, Charlotte, a three-year-old beluga, died sometime in Fall 2012, and Luna, a one-year-old, died sometime earlier this year. Read on to learn more about the controversial history of Marineland Canada. — Global Animal

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Actor Lays Down The Law On Seal Hunting

(CELEBRITY ACTIVISM) Actor Jude Law is joining celebrity activists like Ke$ha and Sarah McLachlan and speaking out against the annual Canadian seal slaughter. The Sherlock Holmes star recently teamed up with PETA and wrote a letter urging the World Trade Organization (WTO) to uphold the EU’s ban on seal products. The handsome Brit wrote, “I’m writing to urge the panel to uphold this ban, which is in line with the wishes of compassionate people all around the world, including the majority of European citizens. Even local sentiment is turning, and a lack of markets has led Canadian officials to seriously examine whether the slaughter should end.” The WTO’s final hearing on the issue will be held on April 29. Read on to find out what Law proposes would be a better solution for sealers and seals. — Global Animal

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Un-Seal This Deal (VIDEO)

(WILDLIFE) On Tuesday, the Elmer Fudds of the world finally came out of their icy hovels, in order to partake in Canada’s now infamous seal hunt. Although the commercial hunt is widely panned by the majority of Canadian citizens, and increasingly obsolete, it has refused to fade away completely. The Canadian Government is no doubt the biggest enabler of this barbaric practice, over funding at great lengths to sustain a needless industry, with the use of taxpayers’ money. Read on to find out more about Canada’s commercial seal hunt and the concerns revolving around this obsolete and inhumane practice. — Global Animal

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Polar Bear Trade Ban Rejected

(WILDLIFE PROTECTION) A U.S. proposal to end the global trade of polar bear parts has been shut down at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. The ban proposal met opposition from Canada, Greenland, and Norway, countries that all have a financial stake in this sad trade. Approximately 800 bears are killed each year—most of them in Canada—and their pelts and heads, among other things, are sold internationally. Canada is also the only nation home to polar bears that allows hunting the animal for sport. It’s a shame that despite the major decline in polar bear populations due to climate change, these animals are still being killed for their skin. Read on to learn more about why this unfortunate trade is still legal. — Global Animal

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