Mexican Senate recommends banning importation of seal products
The official criticism by the Mexican Senate now means that legislative bodies from both of Canada’s NAFTA partners, Mexico and the United States, have advanced legislation denouncing Canada’s hunt for baby seals. On February 1, 2005 a resolution, co-sponsored by 16 senators, was introduced into the U.S. Senate urging Canada to end its seal hunt.
Canada’s annual seal hunt is the largest marine mammal hunt in the world with a three-year kill quota of almost one million seals. Last year, according to statistics provided by the Canadian government, 365,971 seals were killed and 96.6% of those were less than 3 months old. Seals are skinned for their pelts and then sold to fur distributors to feed the demand of the fashion industry. More seals are killed today than were during the 1950s and 60s when overhunting significantly reduced the seal population. Over the next several weeks up to 319,500 baby seals will be killed for their fur.