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Victory! Bc West Coast Pinniped Slaughter Stopped!
posted on June 30, 2020

Victory! Bc West Coast Pinniped Slaughter Stopped!

Here’s a Victory for Wildlife News Scoop from Lifeforce. We have known for a few weeks that it will not be permitted but government would not confirm it to organizations and media as Lifeforce reported. So Late June 28th Tom Sewid, President of Pacific Balance Marine Management, posted “DFO not allowing Pacific Balance Marine Management to have license for pinniped harvest for foreseeable future.” And then on June 29th
he posted in Caps “HARVEST THE HERDS COME HELL OR HIGH WATER, THOUSANDS OF BLOATER FLOATERS TO COME, HEAD ON AND HEADLESS!" (Voicing to their support of decapitating sea lions for trophy skulls and anger at not getting permission for a West Coast Slaughter Industry.) He also confirmed “They (DFO) basically said we are not allowing a 2020 or 2021 licensed pinniped harvest.”

June 29, 2020
News Release

Victory! West Coast Pinniped Slaughter Stopped!

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) will not be permitting an inhumane West Coast Seal and Sea Lion Slaughter by the Pacific Balance Marine Management (PBMM). The group was started by some First Nations people wanting to market various pinniped products such as fur coats, restaurant meats, pet food, penal bone, oil and decapitated trophy heads.
The violent business would have included shooting, clubbing and harpooning. Lifeforce has previously sent government officials numerous illegal acts committed and/or supported by the PBMM. This includes Illegal activities such as bombing sea lions (court appearance is rescheduled for Oct. 1), killings for skulls and penises, feeding sea lions and promoting illegal hunting.
Seal meat, fur and other products are banned by many countries worldwide. Seal and sea lion meat is highly polluted and unsafe to eat. For decades the Commercial, Sport and First Nation Fisheries have decimated fish populations. Their claims that pinnipeds are to blame were proven to be untrue. The Lifeforce petition, “Say No to Seal and Sea Lion Slaughter!”, revealed the facts about what would have been an unethical new industry. Nearly 11,000 people signed it. https://www.change.org/p/say-no-to-seal-and-sea-lion-slaughter
“This is a victory for not only seals and sea lions but also a major step towards mending the broken ocean food chain. DFO has protected wildlife and their habitats. Commercial interests must not come first because it has decimated salmon and other marine life,” stated Peter Hamilton, Lifeforce Founder. “Illegal activities such as bombing sea lions, killings for skulls and penises and feeding sea lions were reported to DFO by Lifeforce. Obviously, the PBMM would not be trusted “management” for the protection of wildlife. They do not support animal rights. They must never be supported by the Canadian Government!”
For Further Information: lifeforcesociety@gmail.com

Some Background

For decades Peter Hamilton, Lifeforce Founder, has fought against a West Coast Seal Hunt. In the 90s DFO shot six seals to test if there could be a market. They found that the adults were highly toxic and said that seal pups were be less of a health risk but would not be publicly acceptable. We have succeeded again!

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