Please help stop September 15 deadline for death of Harp Seals at Aquarium des Iles, Quebec, Canada
- Target: Honorable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Ottawa, Email: Min@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
- Sponsored by: Pedro Baranda, Island Wildlife Natural Care Center
We are writing to urge you and your organizations to take immediate steps to help save the lives of Zak and Mika, two captive 6-month old Harp Seals pups. They were captured from the wild this spring as newborn pups by Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO-MPO) for the purpose of providing them to the Aquarium des Iles in Quebec for tourism display.
The Aquarium des Iles were told in advance by DFO-MPO that the seals would NOT be allowed to be released back into the wild after they served the aquarium’s purpose. This purpose was to give the aquarium seasonal display animals to draw tourism. Once their season is over on September 15, by joint agreement, the seals will be executed in the name of ‘research’.