American animal rights’ organization PETA, is hoping to draw attention to the annual Canadian seal hunt by linking it to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.
The Vancouver 2010 Campaign to Help End the Canadian Seal Slaughter is using the extra attention focused on Canada during Olympic preparations to highlight the annual seal hunt. However, Olympic campaigns are normally not that successful due to the vested financial interest of the host country in making a profit from the Olympics.
PETA explains that during Canada's annual sea hunt, tens of thousands of baby seals are killed for their skin. The seals, many of whom are only weeks old when they are killed, have their skulls smashed in or are shot at point-blank range by ‘hunters’, many of whom have no hunting skills and often do not make a swift kill.
PETA is asking individuals to write to the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee and to help put a stop to the seal hunt.