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."
As a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in 2006
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."
Canadian Senator Mac Harb
"In the face of disappearing markets for seal products and overwhelming international opposition, it is time for Canada to recognize that we can't resuscitate this dying industry any longer."
"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 started hearing about the seal hunt in Canada over the last couple of years—it's been pretty heavily publicized. I wasn't aware that the seal hunt is as brutal as it is until I started getting more information from PETA, and it's pretty shocking, actually."
"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."
Rachael Leigh Cook
"You always just think of them as our quiet neighbors to the North, and then to find out that this was going on was shocking."