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Alert: PEI fishermen are worried that that "media coverage of the annual hunt is giving the Island a bad name around the world" ( http://www.cbc.ca/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2007/02/22/seal-dfo.html  ) and they want the seal office to be moved out of their province. Now they are whining about wanting to hunt more grey seals.

Here's an action you can take to let PEI businesses know that YOU mean business and want the slaughtering of seals to end:

Boycott not only Newfoundland and Labrador tourism, but that of PEI, and let merchants know you are doing so. Spread this message far and wide! They are clearly sensitive to the issue. Go to: http://www.touringnewfoundland.com/thingstodo.html. Scroll down to Step 4, and click to access the boycott database. There you will find a drop-down box, and choose Prince Edward Island. Write in your subject, then your message to PEI merchants. When you click "Submit", you'll see a handy list of businesses. You can send your message to each business separately, and the whole list can be covered in a matter of minutes. Do it for the seals...it's easy!

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Grey seal quota too small says P.E.I. fishery association

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2007/02/23/peisealing.html

Last Updated: Friday, February 23, 2007 | 8:06 AM AT

CBC News

With days left to the start of the 2007 grey seal hunt, a fisherman's association in Prince Edward Island says it's unhappy with the quota set by federal officials.

Ed Frenette, executive director of the P.E.I. Fishermen's Association, told the Summerside Journal Pioneer that the pelts from the grey seal fishery will only bring in about $35 each this year as the quality is low.

And any potential profits will be cut because the quota of 2,100 pelts has to be shared with sealers from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Magdalen Islands.

There are 26 local hunters licensed for a harvest set to begin as soon as federal officials determine the pups have shed their white coats.

The much-larger harp seal hunt, that last year had a quota of 325,000 pelts, is expected to start in mid-March amid annual protests by anti-sealing advocates and its attendant press coverage.

Frenette says the smaller hunt tends to go off more quietly because the grey seal causes extensive damage to lobster gear. The Journal Pioneer cites a study by the province in 2001 that found damage to gear that year was $6.2 million.


 

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