Celebrities Mobilize Against Canadian Seal Hunt

Thursday, March 29, 2007
Paris, France
Joaquin Phoenix, Julio Iglesias, Sylvie Vartan, Jane Birkin, Twiggy, Maria de Medeiros, the Canadian Anthony Kavanagh, Didier Bourdon, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Jean-Luc Lahaye: These ten celebrities have raised their voice to alert the French government of the announced massacre of 270,000 seals on Canada's ice floes.
Even the death of thousands of newborn pups in the Gulf of Saint-Laurent due to global warming has not prompted the Canadian authorities to cancel the hunt as recommended by the experts. In this particular respect, Canada's attitude can be qualified as highly irresponsible.
 
When called upon by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) and SPA (the French Animal Rights Society - www.spa.asso.fr), in an open letter to Ms. Nelly Ollin, the French Minister of Ecology and Sustainable Development and to Ms. Christine Lagarde, the French Minister for International Trade, the ten celebrities have expressly urged the French government to ban all import, entry and marketing of seal products in France.
 
To stop this massacre, every country must impose a ban on seal products. Several States in Europe and America have done so. What about France?
 
The celebrities wrote, "France cannot continue to ignore the truth regarding this so-called age-old tradition of seal hunting which is not economically viable (20 million dollars were pumped in by the Canadian government to maintain this activity), and is unanimously condemned by public opinion world-over, including in Canada.
 
Man enjoys several rights but he also has duties. One of them involves preserving the diversity of his natural heritage before it is too late".
 
Will the French government continue to remain deaf to this appeal coming from ten celebrities, requesting it to act against this cruel, unjustified and unjustifiable hunt?

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