On Sunday, April 10, 2016, the annual Canadian seal hunt will officially begin according to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans press release issued on their website. But on that same day, starting at 4 PM EST, animal advocates will storm Twitter in a show of unity against the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of seals, many under the age of 12 weeks old, that will take place through May.

Join the Tweet Storm to raise awareness of the seal hunt

The Tweet Storm/Action to End the Canadian Seal Slaughter 2016 is the fourth of its kind; established by Paige Nelson, who has been advocating against the seal hunt since 2012.

Animal lovers from around the world can log onto the event’s Facebook page and access tweet sheets. By clicking the individual tweets, people would be able to almost instantly add the tweets onto their Twitter accounts. The purpose of the Tweet Storm against the seal hunt is to raise awareness of the inhumane killing of seals for a fading fur trade industry.

The Canadian seal hunt is inhumane

Since 2011, the number of harp seals killed during the seal hunting season is 287,212, which is far less than the quota of allowed kills that continues to remain at 400,000 per year. However, the way in which the seals are killed has proven to be the driving force behind the global community’s demand for the Canadian Government to stop the killings.

People known as sealers use an instrument called the kakapik, a curved spike attached to a long pole, to bludgeon the seals to death without damaging the animals’ fur. This technique is commonly referred to as clubbing. Studies show that since 2002, 98% of the 2 million seals killed were less than 3 months old.

In fact, once the harp seal babies lose their white coats at about 12 days old, they can be legally hunted and killed.

In 2007, a panel of veterinarians and zoologists from around the world carefully studied the Canadian seal hunt. In their report, they cited evidence showing that a high percentage of animals were not checked for death or unconsciousness before being skinned and a high rate of wounded seals were left to suffer from open wounds.

This report, which continues to be cited on the Humane Society International’s website, concluded that the seal hunt is inhumane.

Raising awareness will be essential to banning the seal slaughter

Unfortunately, despite the veterinarian reports, European ban of all seal products that has been in place since 2009, and growing global opposition, the Canadian Government does not seem likely to end the annual slaughter of baby seals anytime soon. For this reason, animal lovers can join social media campaigns like the Twitter Storm to raise awareness, increase pressure, and provide a voice for the hundreds of thousands of baby seals that will be clubbed over the next couple of months.

To learn more and/or join Paige Nelson’s Twitter Storm/Actions to End the Canadian Seal Slaughter 2016, visit her website on Facebook.

Sometimes being an animal advocate requires us to educate the general public about global news and causes such as Paige’s Tweet Storm. Please check back regularly on my Blasting News profile for updates on the 2016 seal hunt and other animal causes.

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