International outrage over the annual seal hunt
International outrage over the annual seal hunt continues to gain momentum.
At the end of July, the US House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Canadian Government to "suspend the hunt in the waters off the East Coast of Canada now and forever." The resolution was introduced by Democrat Tom Lantos, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Republican Christopher Shays. See "US asks Canada to stop baby seal hunt," from the Herald Sun.
Countries around the world are speaking out against Canada's harp seal hunt. Belgium has banned the importation and marketing of all seal products. Austria and France have declared their intention to pass a similar ban. Like the US, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Mexico and Croatia are all on record opposed to the hunt. Canada is feeling the heat and is starting to react. It has recently announced its intention of turning to the WTO and using that body to fight Belgium's ban.
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