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

Hello! It is wonderful that you are offering this and I encourage yout o call them and also to broadcast on twitter or contact them through twitter, facebook, etc. They need the help and thank goodness for people like you! Don't stop.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

People should definitely submit amicus curiae briefs to the WTO panel. I am a professor of WTO law and would be happy to give advice pro bono to anyone who want to know how such a brief is written and how it might be submitted. These briefs to the WTO panel will bring further attention to the situation. Also, it is up to Canada and the EU, if they agree, to open up the WTO panel hearings to the public. This should be demanded at once of both the Canadian and EU authorities.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Is anyone aware that the citizens of this country have been fighting this issue since 1984? I believe it was Animal Alliance that first started and the seal hunt was one of the first issues they tackled. What is wrong with this archaic, single minded government?

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I cant believe Canada who claims an advanced and democratic system allows its reputation to be damaged by $10millions dollars revenue generated from an ugly way of killing s specie. That shows you that all these countries claiming democratic existence in their systems always have flaws that show the true color if these regimes. If canada had a Conscience then it would find a way to create an alternative project for the hunters that would generate an alternative income. Please keep the fight on until we free these animals from that ashamed Evil.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Would the Conservative Government really spend ten times the annual economic benefit of the commercial seal hunt to defend it, even when it is morally and economically indefensible? Is that really what votes cost in Newfoundland? Can't they find cheaper votes elsewhere? Seems they will go to any length to defend this despicable slaughter, perhaps even sacrificing a multi-billion dollar free trade pact with Europe which would benefit Canadians a thousand times more than the seal hunt ever has. I guess we shall soon see the depth of their ignorance, stupidity, greed and cruelty which will likely shock even the staunchest Conservative supporter!

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

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Anonymous
3 years ago

What can we do about this?

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