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category dublin | animal rights | news report author Tuesday March 11, 2008 11:17author by Stephan Wymore - Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN)author email stephanwymore at hotmail dot com Report this post to the editors

International Progress Towards Ending Canada's Annual Seal Hunt Grows

ARAN members organized another protest now in it's 5th consecutive year to highlight Canada's cruel slaughter, this year we took our message to the streets to expose Canada's shameful slaughter where this month they'll kill 275,000 seals.

The international opposition to Canada’s annual commercial seal hunt is steadily spreading. In September 2006, the European Parliament passed a historic resolution calling on the European Commission to introduce legislation banning the trade in all harp and hooded seal products. Currently, the European Commission is evaluating the humane aspects of the seal hunting, the results of which could provide the foundation for a ban.

Closing markets are causing seal product prices to plummet. Seal skin prices in 2007 fell by a whopping 50% from last year. In part because of the drop in pelt value, hunters killed less than 80% of their allotted quota in 2007.

Countries that have prohibited the trade in seal products through legislation:
United States

Countries that have suspended the trade in seal products through licensing programs:

Countries whose parliaments have resolved to ban the trade in seal products:

Countries that have announced their intention to ban the trade in seal products:

Countries that have announced they will press for an EU ban of the trade of seal products:

Political bodies that have called on governments to ban the seal product trade:
Council of Europe
European Parliament

Countries that have prohibited the commercial hunting of seals:
United States
South Africa

Note: In 2000, a bill to ban seal hunting in Russia was passed by the Russian parliament by 273 votes to 1, but it was subsequently vetoed by President Vladimir Putin.

Countries that have called on the Canadian government to end the commercial seal hunt:
United States

Note: In 2006, the Council of Europe passed a resolution calling on nations including Canada to "ban all cruel hunting methods" used in commercial seal hunts and calling on its 46 member states to promote initiatives banning the trade in seal products.

Related Link: http://www.ARAN.ie
author by careful nowpublication date Tue Mar 11, 2008 13:28author address author phone Report this post to the editors

In the sense of peer reviewing this article, and not in a critical way, can I just take issue with the notion that the protest is successful?

If the protest was a success, it wouldn't be in its fifth year, and Ireland would be in a few categories listed above. It might help the cause to be serious about the effectiveness of protests like this.

Listing it as an unqualified success is not doing the cause any favours.

author by lulupublication date Tue Mar 11, 2008 13:36author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I believe that the areas where seals are killed are economically depressed, & that the Canadian Gov't allows the 'cull' to boost the local economy, which saves them having to invest in boosting the economy or paying welfare. It's certainly cruel, but people there face poverty & a harsh environment, plus criticism from us for killing cute-looking seals.

author by jadepublication date Tue Mar 11, 2008 16:55author address author phone Report this post to the editors

well done again

author by Stephan Wymore - Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN)publication date Tue Mar 11, 2008 18:22author email stephanwymore at hotmail dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hello There,

Thanks for your feedback on our posting. We certainly do feel that ARAN's event this Sunday March 9th was a huge success and lots of people who attended this event emailed our campaign shortly after to say how successful they thought the event actually was and how much they feel they played a part in exposing this barbaric slaughter of innocent fur bearing seals.

On Sunday morning before the demonstration, several radio stations were covering our protest which continued throughout the day, this coverage helped to highlight Canada’s seal slaughter that is taking place these coming days. Our event was attended by up to 45 people, we distributed over 1000 educational leaflets, we had two megaphones going for the full length of the demo, we spoke with many people about Canada's cruel seal hunt and not only that but we managed to highlight the issue to literally hundreds of passersby on foot traffic, buses, cars and tourists on the day.

One person doing something positive to help the animals is to be commended in a world where animal abuse is rife.

Been realistic, there is still allot to be done on the Canadian seal hunt campaign, but with markets closing in on the hunt, people boycotting Canadian ‘seafood’ and a proposed EU trade ban the days of the Canadian seal slaughter are finally coming to an end and for good reason. We invite everyone to join us in campaigning to permanently end Canada's seal hunt and you can visit our website www.ARAN.ie to learn more about what ARAN is doing here in Ireland.

To learn more about the seal hunt campaign in general please check out the attached You Tube video and visit the HSUS website www.protectseals.org to learn more about what you or any one else reading these postings can do to help the seals

Thank You.

Related Link: http://www.ARAN.ie
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