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great News:HSI Commends Taiwan for Historic Ban on Trade in Marine Mammal Products
3 years ago

HSI Commends Taiwan for Historic Ban on Trade in Marine Mammal Products. MONTREAL—Humane Society International/Canada commends Taiwan for passing a landmark ban on trade in marine mammal products, including seal skins, but exempting products of traditional indigenous hunts. The Taiwanese Legislative Yuan passed the legislation with unanimous support following a multi-year campaign by Taiwanese animal protection group EAST in collaboration with HSI. “The compassionate actions of the Taiwanese Legislative Yuan will save countless seals and other marine mammals from a horrible fate,” said Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of HSI Canada. “The momentum to end trade in marine mammal products is growing and the sealing industry’s days are numbered. Instead of providing more pointless subsidies to artificially prop up this shameful practice, Canada should prohibit the slaughter and invest in a transition program for sealers.” Facts: The United States, European Union, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Mexico—and now Taiwan--have prohibited trade in some or all seal products. In January 2012, sealing industry representatives admitted that there are 400,000 seal skins in inventory on the global market. In April 2012, when it appeared the annual seal slaughter would not go ahead due to lack of markets, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced that it would provide $3.6 million in loans to Carino Processing Limited to stockpile skins to meet “future demand.” At the industry’s height, sealing revenues amounted to about 3 percent of the landed value of Newfoundland’s fishing industry. In recent years, the landed value of the seal hunt has been in the region of $1 million annually, with only a few hundred fishermen participating in the slaughter. 2010 polling revealed half of Newfoundland sealers with an opinion support a sealing industry buyout—a plan in which sealers would receive immediate compensation as the hunt is ended and funds would be invested in economic alternatives in the communities involved.

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3 years ago

This is grand news indeed! Thanks for sharing!

3 years ago

Wonderful news! Thanks, Chrissy.

3 years ago

Let us hope they can influence their neighbours! Really good news.Thank you.

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