This post by PETA’s executive vice president, Tracy Reiman, was originally published on the PETA Files.
With the annual Canadian seal slaughter just over (although our battle has really just begun), I was ready for a little R&R when I left PETA headquarters in Norfolk for my vacation in Martha’s Vineyard last week.
I have a friend who owns a house at the popular getaway, and as we set up chairs on Lucy Vincent beach in Chilmark, I didn’t think that my vacation could get any better. The sand was cool beneath my feet, and the ocean waves were filling the air with a salty mist. Then, out in the distance, we saw her. A seal!
At first, we could just see her head as she swam in the waves, but then she headed toward shore and pulled herself up onto the beach for a nice rest. I sat and observed her from a distance—her eyes were so big and luminous. I thought about how lucky she was not to live in Canada, where thousands of seals like her have been bludgeoned to death over the past several months. Here in Martha’s Vineyard, she could enjoy her time on the beach just as my friends and I were, without having to fear for her life.
So many seals are not as fortunate as this one. Please take action now and voice your outrage at Canada’s continued support of the clubbing of seals like her.