March 04, 2009
Discussion Topic: On Canadian Seal Hunting
By Dave Hurteau
From the AFP:
The government of Canada on Monday defended the "humaneness" of seal-hunting and rejected efforts to outlaw the practice, after a European Parliament committee voted to ban the import of seal products.
Gail Shea, Canada's minister of fisheries and oceans, said her government was "disappointed" by the vote. . . .
"Canada has made numerous attempts to set the facts straight about the Canadian seal hunt and we have provided ample evidence of the humaneness and sustainability of the hunt. Unfortunately, this evidence is not yet understood in Europe," Shea said. . . .
The European Commission had already proposed a ban in July for seals killed in ways deemed inhumane by critics of seal hunting, such as the clubbing of young seal pups.
Seals are hunted mainly for their pelts, but also for meat and fat, which is used in beauty products.