If the idea of clubbing baby seals (and no, I don’t mean adolescent water mammals dressed in midriff-revealing skirts and halter tops shimmying drunkenly at some place called Spanky’s or Porky’s) turns your stomach, you’ve probably signed a petition or two against the act. You may have even emailed a friend or two to ask for his or her support.
Since Canada is hosting the 2010 winter Olympics this year, PETA is hoping to raise awareness to the plight of its seal population within this limelight. Now it’s time to bring that animal activism to your own community. PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is offering free stickers to people who order them before or on February 8, 2010. PETA will also be sending a free “Olympic Shame Pin,” normally sold at a $5.00 value, with each sticker order while supplies last.
According to PETA, hundreds or thousands of these baby seals are killed every year, an activity sanctioned by the Canadian government. The seals are killed by being shot or clubbed to death.
To order your free stickers and pin, click here. The offer is only available for residents of Canada and the United States.
Of course, stickers and pins aren’t enough—and if you’re like me, some gruesome campaigns (the pin is a little on the dark side) turn your stomach rather than excite you. If you’d like to take action without the bloody visuals, try:
- Sending this letter to the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympics in protest of seal clubbing
- Learn more about the killing of seals and help pass the Harb Seal Bill, a proposal to end the seal hunt
- Grab a banner to place on your webpage to raise awareness about seal slaughter, or send an e-card to friends to ask them to get involved, too
- Read Sea Shepherd’s tips on what you can do to stop seal hunting—including writing the Canadian government, boycotting Canadian seafood, leafleting a Red Lobster near you, contacting the media, and more
- Spread awareness on your social networks by joining groups such as Seal Clubbing Must Stop on Facebook
- Get a supermarket guide on what not to buy from Canada, refrain from purchasing them, and ask your local supermarket to not carry these products
- Join the Humane Society of the United States’ “Boycott to End the Hunt” and take the Pledge to Protect Seals