On Thursday, Gail Shea, Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, met with sealers and processors to reinforce Canada’s opposition to the European Union’s trade ban on seal products which comes into effect on Friday, August 20, 2010.
In Canada, sealing is a time-honoured tradition. For generations, coastal and Inuit communities have relied on the seal hunt as a source of income. That’s why our Conservative Government is steadfast in its commitment to defend the commercial seal hunt and to protect Canada’s access to foreign markets, including the European Union (E.U.).
Our Government has made representation at all levels of the E.U. to inform them that the Canadian seal hunt is a sustainable activity based on sound conservation principles. It is humane and closely monitored – unlike many European slaughterhouses.
Unfortunately, the E.U. has chosen to proceed with the ban on seal products based on an ill-informed political decision that has no basis in fact or science.
Conservatives will continue our efforts to counter the misinformation campaign by the anti-seal hunt lobby groups. We will not shy away from or apologize for defending a lawful Canadian industry and the economies of our coastal communities.