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According to the Toronto Star, McLachlan penned the letter last Friday on behalf of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
"The sealers -- like tobacco farmers and asbestos miners -- need leaders to devise a practical exit strategy for them, not waste millions more in hopeless World Trade Organization challenges or paying to stockpile pelts when buyers already have seal pelts going back several years," the singer wrote. "Won't you lead the way?"
No comment has been made in response to the letter by Harper or the Prime Minister's Office.
McLachlan is no stranger to voicing her opposition to the hunt.
"The commercial sealing industry in Canada is perverse and sick..." she said in a 2009 CTV interview according to the PETA Files. "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."
According to the CBC, the provincial government in Newfoundland and Labrador stated it would provide a loan up to $3.6 million to help the commercial harp seal hunt.
The singer made no mention of the letter on her site. Fortunately for her Canadian fans, she has continued to tour the country, unlike British singer Morrissey. In 2006, the dedicated turkey rescuer said he would refuse to perform in Canada until the "barbaric slaughter" concluded and Morrissey has remained true to his word.
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