It looks like the Canada’s sealing industry may just see an end after all! The European Parliament has voted to support the ban on seal products closing a giant market.
According to the Humane Society,
The Canadian government estimates that losing this primary market will cost Canada’s sealing industry $6.6 million (CAD) each year. The hunt brought in less than $7 million last year. It’s not hard to do the math.
Just the promise of an EU ban was enough to drive the prices for seal fur down to $15 (CAD) per skin — a decline of 86 percent since 2006. As a result, many sealers stayed home. Out of this year’s quota of 280,000 harp seals, fewer than 60,000 have been killed so far.
Now that the EU has banned its trade in seal products, countless more seals will live their lives in peace from this year forward.
While this is an amazing victory, there’s still more to do. For more information on how you can continue to help seals, including supporting Senator Mac Harb’s efforts to stop the hunt, visit the Humane Society’s Protect Seals Campaign.