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Bob Rae: Bill Maher Should Stop Singling Out Seal Hunt

Liberal interim leader Bob Rae is telling HBO's Bill Maher that Canada's seal hunt is being singled out unfairly and celebrities should find more worthy causes to fight for.

Maher wrote to Rae earlier this month telling him he was disappointed the Liberal Party isn't supporting Senator Mac Harb's effort to end the "commercial baby seal slaughter." Maher said he expected such behaviour from Conservatives, "but the liberals? (sic) I had hoped for more."

Rae respectfully tells Maher he and his famous friends should find another pet project.

"I have always found it interesting that other forms of hunting, and the slaughter of many animals for human consumption around the world, have not aroused the attention of well known celebrities," Rae writes. "Without challenging for a minute the good intentions of anyone, it is hard not to feel that that this particular hunt is being singled out unfairly."

According to PETA, a large group of celebrities support Harb's bill. They include: Ellen DeGeneres, Pink, Pamela Anderson, Olivia Munn, Tommy Lee, Dave Navarro, Alicia Silverstone and Megan Park.

The Newfoundland and Labrador government says 70,000 harp seals were killed during this year's commercial seal hunt — nearly twice the number killed last year.

But markets for the pelts are drying up.

The European Union banned seal imports in 2010, and the federal government has so far failed to deliver on a promise to open the Chinese market to Canadian seal meat.

With files from The Canadian Press

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