European Union to Canada: No Means No

A sealer in action.

Today Canada’s Fisheries Minister, Gail Shea, announced that Canada is launching a formal challenge of the EU ban on the trade of seal products at the World Trade Organization. Achieving the ban was a long and hard won battle for IFAW, our supporters and other groups around the world. You can be sure that this will galvanize us together once again to fight and ensure the ban is defended and upheld.

The European Commission has said that it will 'vigorously defend' the values of EU citizens in the face of a WTO challenge, as they should. In the meantime, the Canadian government continues to ignore public opinion polls that show the majority of Canadians disapprove of Canada challenging the EU seal product ban at the WTO, and that Canadians would rather see their taxes used to phase out the hunt and support alternatives for sealers and their communities.

Some experts have estimated that a WTO challenge will cost at least 10 million dollars – about TEN TIMES what the seal hunt actually brings in to sealers in recent years. Hard-earned tax dollars wasted on a WTO challenge could be much better spent providing sealers with sustainable livelihoods in industries that don’t stain Canada’s reputation on the world stage.

Just yesterday, a story in the Postmedia News indicated that an EU trade agreement could be at stake because of Canada’s commercial seal hunt and the dirty tar sands. If this is the case, Canadians have a lot to lose. Drawing attention to this annual slaughter in the WTO will only remind the world how inhumane and unnecessary Canada’s commercial seal hunt truly is.

--SF

For more information on the International Fund for Animal Welfare effort to end the Canadian commercial seal hunt visit: http://www.ifaw.org/seals

Comments: 37

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I hear the good points you're making. But we cannot undo the damages and bad decisions of the past by doing more damage today. We should (I'm not talking for Europeans, but for world citizens, all of us) protect our current environment and stop cruelty across the board. And we need to deal with the disappearing fish populations as a separate topic. Clubbing baby seals to death cannot be the solution for dealing with our fish population problem.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Do you idiots really think that stopping the seal hunt will do anything good from an environmental standpoint? These seals eat an enormous quantity of fish. The fishing industry is in real trouble because of loss of stock from over fishing by The European fishing vessels that bring factory ships off the grand banks of Canada.
Canada has no choice but to continue the hunt. The environmental upset that Europeans have caused to Canada and it's aboriginal people since the very early days has been nothing short of catastrophic. Remember your rich nobles and industrialists coming to this pristine wilderness hunting down Buffalo and
killing millions of them. in the name of sport? The prairie provinces stunk with the smell of rotting flesh. Your Europeans didn"t even keep the meat. Now there are no wild heards roaming my country. Get off the band wagon and give your head a shake. Look at all the consequences before you try to inter-fear with another country and it's methods of conversation. If the white man had not cut the polar bear and killer whale population down so drastically, perhaps there would not be the seal hunt today. Likely there would not be the great numbers of seals.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I agree wholeheartdly with everything you say my sentiments in every way
I became vegetarian , almost vegan , over 40 yrs ago simply for compassionate reason I still eat eggs & cheese but only organic/free range, as I hope organic reared animals R treated with a bit more respect, but still don't hold my breath over the whole issue of farming, be it for fish or meat

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

This has been going on for years & years & still goes on to this day I despair from the bottom of my heart to these innocent baby seals. I have campaigned, sent money, written letters but still to no avail. These butchers"BAY SEAL MURDERERS need an incentive to find other employment with better pay to encourage them to give up this HORRFIC trade. The world can live without seal products in this day & age.

I just hope I live to see the day when this trade ibs finally in the history books

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

sign the petition to get rid of Steven Harper PM at http://www.gopetition.com/petition/43429/sign.htm...

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

For change to happen one must do more than hope. You got to get involved and remain vigilant.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

What would these briefs do? Are they to state a position against the seal slaughter in Canada or everywhere?

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I'm not sure what the battle is about. Traditional Inuit seal hunting accounts for three percent of the total hunt. That leaves 97% for commercial purposes. Has the Canadian governement dug its heels in so deep that can't find an honorable way out and thus stays committed?

Who are the people buying seal products?

It is illegal in Canada to hunt newborn harp seals (whitecoats) and young hooded seals (bluebacks). When the seal pups begin to molt their downy white fur at the age of 12–14 days, they are called "ragged-jacket" and can be commercially hunted. Isn't it nice of them to give the little ones 14 days to live!!!!! Russia banned the hunting of harp seals less than one year old.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

It's an insane world - isn't it?

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

People are vain! Look at the majority of facebook posts. People are more concerned with how much they can consume. Gluttons! We praise thos involved in consumption and gluttony and we reward them with celebrity. Examples are as follows: Paris Hilton, Charlie Sheen, Lil Wayne, Diddy, and the Kardashian sisters. There are hundreds more. Madison avenue is smiling as it makes its generous bank deposit.

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