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dublin | animal rights | news report Tuesday March 11, 2008 11:17 by Stephan Wymore - Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) stephanwymore at hotmail dot com
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:
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
Countries that have prohibited the commercial hunting of seals:
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:
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.