Canadian Protest Halts Seal Ban

Just as I was about to write that seal hunters should start looking for new jobs because the EU ban on seal products would begin this week, I heard the ban was suspended.

 

Earlier today, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper criticized the European Union’s moratorium that was set to go into effect August 20.  He called the EU’s decision “a disgrace that was not based on rational facts.”

 

He went on to say, “This is a flagrant discrimination against the Canadian seal industry, against Canadian sealers…people who are doing animal husbandry, no differently than many other industries.”

 

The leaders of the Canadian Inuit group also challenged the EU ban.  They questioned the General Court of Justice about the legality of the ban and argued that it threatened their livelihood. 

 

Ultimately the EU conceded to Canada’s demands and agreed to suspend the ban that would have protected  harp seals. 

 

They decided to wait until the Canadian government could bring its case to the World Trade Organization.  This is a process that some say could take up to 3 years.

 

The moratorium would have stopped the trade of all seal products, except those hunted by traditional methods.  The ban would have been recognized by 27 European countries.

 

It wasn’t a perfect law, but it was a triumph for international animal welfare groups that had been working for decades to save the seals.

 

Just yesterday Adrian Hiel of the International Fund for Animal Welfare told The Wall Street Journal, “I can’t think of a bigger victory.”  IFAW saw the ban as a way to save hundreds of thousands of seals from Canadian commercial hunters.

 

Canadian seal hunters can slaughter as many as 300,000 harp seals annually.  This year’s hunt was the first to see a decline in the numbers because pelt prices dropped significantly. Still the industry is reported to bring in $5.5 million in products each year, including pelts, meat and oil.

 

In the meantime, animal advocates say they will continue to protest the seal hunts and make people aware of their cruelty.

 

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420 comments

Bu M.
Bu M.2 years ago

Brutal canada! Brutal slaughter of innocence.

Fiona T.
Fi T.2 years ago

We have to do something for our ecosystem before losing this component of the nature

Sonny Honrado
Sonny Honrado2 years ago

Continue the ban.

Elgrit B.

I've been part of the almighty fight to stop these barbaric atrocities for years. I hate the Canadians who are doing this and I hate all people who are involved in animal cruelty. I wish I knew how to stop it. However, as long exists along side the animals, the humans will totally destroy the animals without any compassion or concern. I hope all who are so cruel will someday be subject to the punishments of God, like rotting in hell and burning forever - after they are similarly tortured.

mary r.
Mary R.4 years ago

I HAVE BEEN BOYCOTTING PRODUCTS FROM CANADA FOR YEARS . I READ LABELS TO MAKE SURE I DON'T BUY ANYTHING MADE THERE. THE SEAL HUNTS MUST END. IT IS BARBARIC. THE HORROR THAT THESE POOR SEALS MUST EXPERIENCE BREAKS MY HEART. THE KILLING IS SO BRUTAL !

Lori K.
Lori K.4 years ago

Disgusting! Killing infants! Killing infants in front of their mothers! Animals love, animals mourn, animals feel! I have boycotted all Canadian products for 4 years now, and will continue to do so until this bloodbath stops.

As Gandhi said, a nation is judged by the way it treats its animals. How should we judge sweet, innocent, wide eyed with wonder until there brains are smashed out, baby seal killing Canada?

Vermont maple syrup tastes better, anyway.

Monika Lewczyk
Monika Lewczyk4 years ago

Signed

Lisa Zarafonetis
Lisa Zarafonetis4 years ago

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Jan Garen
Jan Garen4 years ago

The EU is just as bad - they are always back pedalling. I had no idea that they had suspended the ban and the last I read was that China was now buying the seal producta. I am horrified and will be writing to my MEP immediately. They are already considering postponing the ban on animal testing for cosmetics. Wimps the lot of them - more concerned about unimportant issues.

Henriette Matthijssen

Respect/Protect all life forms!