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E.U. Isn’t Falling for Canada’s Latest Ruse

Written by PETA | September 20, 2011

Canada’s barbaric seal slaughter continues its downward spiral—and it appears to be taking Canada’s integrity with it.

Last week, the European Union (E.U.) rejected an attempt by the native Canadian Inuit to challenge the E.U.’s ban on seal products. Interestingly, the Inuit live far away from the area where the mass commercial slaughter takes place and are responsible for only about 3 percent of Canada’s annual seal kill. In addition, the E.U. already exempts Inuit seal products from the ban.

So why would the Inuit fight a ban that doesn’t even apply to them? We’re not saying that Canada is desperately exploiting native peoples to try to keep the dying seal slaughter going, but if a Marion Barry–esque tape surfaces of a shady hotel room dealing, we won’t be surprised.

In the meantime, you can tweet Stephen Harper (@pmharper) and tell him to stop allowing hunters to bash in baby seals’ skulls and skin them alive.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Grady says:

    Unconscionable human beings for their greed. I ask everyone out there to write to the canadian officials and to boycott anything related to canada. The carnage of the defenseless must cease permanently. Human beings will never evolve until animal abuse and use stops.

  • Debby says:

    Then if the Canadian government is really interested in the Inuit, they will go out of their way to support that communities hunt and let the rest of the bloodshed ‘die’. Problem is that they aren’t interested in the Inuit (because their voting block is insignificant) but are interested in voting Newfies!

  • Debby says:

    Then if the Canadian government is really interested in the Inuit, they will go out of their way to support that communities hunt and let the rest of the bloodshed ‘die’. Problem is that they aren’t interested in the Inuit (because their voting block is insignificant) but are interested in voting Newfies!

  • Christopher says:

    Mr. Jonsson is entirely right. Thank you for speaking out. The tiny Inuit component of the seal products industry simply cannot survive without a larger market being in place. Most Inuit live in extremely remote communities where economic options are very limited. The small amount of money that sealing brings into these communities is critical for their overall well-being. Plus, without the EU putting proper, workable mechanisms in place to ensure that Inuit products can actually be placed on the market, the exemption is operationally meaningless.

  • Mr Buster says:

    The Seal Hunt is an archaic, outdated, cruel event that MUST BE STOPPED!!! As a Canadian I AM DISGUSTED & ASHAMED!!! BAD KHARMA ALL AROUND!

  • Jorgen Jonsson says:

    I live in an Inuit community and can tell you that this is not a case of the government exploiting the people but rather a case of the Inuit people struggling to have their voices heard. The Inuit want the entire ban repealed because it destroyed the market for the furs and other traditional seal products they themselves wish to sell to the European market. The exemption does nothing to help them as the ban effectively dries up the market. While Inuit kill only 3% of the seals, the Inuit themselves are very small in number. Seals represent a sizeable source of income for such a small group.

  • Elena P. De Gracia says:

    Please stop the seal slaughter, pelase stop this barbaric , pelase leave the animals live in peace their own life

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