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Discuss: WORLD BANS TOGETHER TO...CAN CANADA July 08, 2008 1:27 PM

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Ban July 10, 2008 10:56 AM

River, I want you to know that I, as a Canadian, support the ban to stop all seal killing by our government. I know also that there are many, many Canadians who stand behind me when I say that we are truly ashamed of what our gov't officials are doing. We as citizens do not have the power to stop them anymore than the citizens of other countries have against their officials. Many of us see no value in slaughtering animals for thier fur. It is up to all the people on this planet to very simply not purchase real fur, hair or feathers from any creature. There are many artificial fabrics that can be used instead. If all nations will come together and simply not import any real skins then the slaughter will stop. But this is up to the individuals also. Recently I was in a Chinese store with my daughter and we spied some toys that looked remarkably real. They were in the images of cats. They looked so real that we asked to see one so that we could take a closer look at the hair that covered it. To our horror it was real cat hair covering the images. Needless to say we promply left the store. It is well known that the Chinese eat dogs and cats, I have signed petitions against it, but did not know that they have found a use for the hair. There are 2 reasons that I have just told you about this experience. The first is the reason in the above paragraph, and the second is to alert any that read this that yes, the hair adorning images, toys etc from China are from skinned animals. Most of the animals are skinned while still alive. I have signed petitions against that also.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 July 11, 2008 11:36 AM

CANADA REJECTS BRUSSELS BAN ON ITS SEAL SKINS 22 hours ago OTTAWA (AFP) — Canada's prime minister on Thursday warned the European Commission president not to prohibit Canadian seal skins, arguing that public pressure for a ban is based on misinformation from activists. Prime Minister Stephen Harper told European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, according to a statement, "that it is imperative for European Union member nations to consider their next steps carefully as they discuss any measure that would restrict or exclude the sale of seal products within their borders." The two leaders met on the sidelines of a G8 summit in Japan. Harper said Canada's hunt is "humane, sustainable and regulated," and added "public pressure within the European Union to curb the sale of seal products is based on misinformation from anti-sealing organizations and extremist groups." Each year, anti-sealing activists clash with sealers and Canadian fisheries officials on Canada's Atlantic coast, denouncing the hunt as cruel. Protestors have called for a complete halt to all trade in seal furs, but World Trade Organization rules would make such a step impossible, a European source said. The commission is expected to make a decision whether to ban the importation of furs made from the skins of young seals hunted in Canada when it meets on July 23. It will then look to the EU's 27 member states to approve or vote down the measure. But Harper warned: "Canada will not stand by and accept measures that fly in the face of accepted international practices for sustainability and trade and undermine trade of seal products harvested in accordance with international standards."  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Ban July 13, 2008 9:54 AM

Well, once again I have to say I'm glad I didn't vote for him. I didn't like him the first time I seen him on tv, and my perceptions are generally right. The only way to really beat this then is if no one, I mean no one buys anything made from any skins, elephant tusks etc. One creature is not worth more than another. If the creature is only being killed to adorn some persons body then enlightened, civilized individuals should have the common decency to simply not buy it. When governments find that they are overloaded with useless skins, ivory etc, that they cannot sell they will change the policies.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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