In the next few weeks the ice off Canada's eastern coast will be stained red as hundreds of thousands of seal pups are viciously clubbed to death, shot and skinned alive by hunters (Seal hunt gets off to a bloody start, March 27).I shouldn't worry too much about this as I'm sure some of our academics and authors will get together to "engage" with Canada to undermine this singling out of a great democratic nation.
The annual Canadian seal hunt is the largest and most brutal slaughter of marine mammals on the planet. Despite worldwide protests that this hunt is no longer morally, economically or environmentally justifiable, the Canadian government continues to thumb its nose at the rest of the world.
This year 325,000 seals will die - more than 95% of these will be pups aged between two weeks and three months of age. Only external pressure will end this barbaric slaughter.
Paul McCartney, environmental groups such as International Fund for Animal Welfare and Respect for Animals, as well as hundreds of MPs of all parties all want Canada to see sense.
That is why we seek a trade ban on Canadian products here in the UK, and are spearheading the campaign on behalf of Respect for Animals and Humane Society International to convince British supermarkets to boycott Canadian fish and seafood products.
If readers agree that it must be halted, they should boycott Canadian fish products and urge their supermarket not to stock Canadian produce. By doing so we can send Canada a signal that enough is enough -we can halt this vicious slaughter on the ice.
Ann Widdecombe MP
Con, Maidstone and The Weald
Chair, All party retail industry group
March 28, 2006
Thanks to Deborah Maccoby for bringing this grotesque example of the Guardian's racism to my attention.