President Barack Obama
"The United States and the European Union have been unified in their opposition to the slaughter of seals by passing legislation decades ago to restrict the sale of seal-based products within their borders. … As a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, I will work with my colleagues to ensure that we take the necessary steps to express our outrage with this inhumane measure."
Barack Obama stated this while he was member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
"[The seal slaughter is] such a bloody hunt, and it is clear that it should have
been banned a long time ago."
"I am a huge animal lover and that includes seals. I think the killing of baby seals
is awful and should definitely not be allowed."
"They will be shot, drowned in nets, clubbed, and sometimes even skinned alive.
This annual ritual of blood and slaughter of the innocents must be stopped."
Sir Paul McCartney
"Canada is known as a great nation. … But this is something that leaves a
stain on the character of the Canadian people and we don't think that's right. I
don't think the vast amount of Canadians think that's right."
"I fully realise that the absence of any Morrissey concerts in Canada is unlikely
to bring the Canadian economy to its knees, but it is our small protest against
this horrific slaughter—which is the largest slaughter of marine animal species
found anywhere on the planet."
"As a proud Canadian who frequently travels abroad, I am alarmed that people are
starting to see us as a country more beholden to a pack of greedy hunters and the
seal skin fashion whims of a few countries than attentive to the massive international
outcry against such a barbaric activity."
"I don't understand why they have to commit this act of brutality and barbarity.
It's not necessary."
"I feel I have a responsibility to let people know that fur is not for wearing—we're
not cavemen anymore. The saddest thing for me is just knowing baby seals, some of
which have not even had their first meal, are going to be killed, and most of them
are probably still alive when they're skinning them."
"The commercial sealing industry in Canada is perverse and sick. … They club these
seals as early as 12 days old, and half the time they hook them and they drag them
across the ice. … It's archaic, and it's horrible, and I want it to stop."
"I don't think anyone knows what's really happening to the baby seals. …
For me it's like a no-brainer because animals deserve the same love and respect
that babies do, humans do."