Canadian Government Sanctions the Slaughter of 280,000 Harp Seal Pups – But Where Will The Pelts Go?
“This quota is outrageous,” said
Recent economic evaluations have indicated that the market for seal fur is saturated, causing prices to drop by almost half. Processors report that sales of seal pelts all but stopped at the end of 2007, and in early 2009, still do not appear to have recovered.
Conservation concerns also surround this year’s TAC announcement. The Canadian government scientists have publicly said that a quota of this size will deplete the harp seal population by more than 30%. IFAW maintains that the government’s unwillingness to seriously reduce the TAC is not only irresponsible, but downright reckless given that it is intended to cause the population to decline.
The 2009 Canadian commercial seal hunt will be under intense scrutiny around the world as the European Union considers banning the trade in seal products throughout its member states. Currently,
“How ironic that in the same week
To learn more about IFAW’s efforts to end the Canadian commercial seal hunt, visit www.stopthesealhunt.org today.
SOURCE International Fund for Animal Welfare