Canadian Parliament asks Olympic team to wear seal skin in protest against EU seal product ban
Humane Society International is disappointed the Canadian Parliament has asked their 2010 winter Olympic team to feature seal skin in their uniforms.
The Canadian Parliament voted yesterday to use the Vancouver Games to protest a European Union ban on the import of seal products.
The Canadian Government is also reportedly planning a legal challenge against the EU ban at the World Trade Organisation.
Earlier this week HSI congratulated the European Parliament for voting overwhelmingly in favour of a strong ban on trade in seal products and we stand ready to assist them in defending the ban against any challenge at the World Trade Organisation.
“The European Union has made history by ending its trade in seal products,” said Rebecca Aldworth, Director of Humane Society International/Canada who has led the organisation’s campaign and each year documents the cruel hunt from the ice. “This ban spells the beginning of the end of Canada’s globally condemned seal slaughter.”
The EU ban closes a primary market for Canada’s commercial seal hunt accounting for about one-third of reported seal skin exports. Globally, the EU accounts for one quarter of the world trade in seal products.
In recent years, eleven countries have banned their trade in seal products or announced their intentions to do so. They join the United States, which prohibited seal product trade in 1972. However, seal products can still be imported to Australia.