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A vote, by all MEPs in the full European Parliament, is due to take place in April or May this year.
Respect for Animals
is encouraging people to sign a petition in support of a full ban at: http://www.bansealtrade.eu
It literally takes seconds to do – SAV ask everyone to please sign this petition on line and get the EU to impose the the ban on the import and trade in seal products across Europe. Make a huge difference for seals and for the future.
The following is a direct copy of information on the Uk organisation ‘Respect for Animals’ web site –
European Import Ban on Seal Products Now a Step Closer
Monday, March 02, 2009
As harp seal pups are being born on the ice floes off Canada’s east coast, and seal hunters are preparing for another commercial-scale slaughter at the end of this month, Respect for Animals welcomes the vote which paves the way for a full Parliamentary vote on the seal trade issue in the very near future.
The committee rejected a report by Liberal Democrat MEP, Diana Wallis (Yorkshire & the Humber). Wallis’ report proposed certification and labelling of seal products, an option branded “unenforceable” by other MEPs, many of whom have called for an unconditional ban on the trade in all seal products.
Nicki Brooks, director of Respect for Animals, said today: “The vote today has shown that Parliamentarians have listened to the concerns of the citizens of Europe, the majority of whom want to see a full, unconditional ban on the trade in all seal products.
“The annual commercial kill that takes place in Canada, every March, is the largest slaughter of marine mammals on the planet – over one million seal pups have been clubbed or shot to death over the last four years alone. Legislation stopping the trade across Europe will close down markets for the pelts of these seal pups.”
Research by veterinarians has shown that the commercial slaughter of seal pups is inherently inhumane.
In 2006, a record 425 MEPs voted for an end to commercial seal slaughter; in July 2008, the European Commission issued a proposal to bring an end to the import and trade in seal products across Europe.
A vote, by all MEPs in the full Parliament, is due to take place in April or May this year.
Respect for Animals is encouraging people to sign a petition in support of a full ban at: http://www.bansealtrade.eu
Further information on the campaign can be found at: http://www.respectforanimals.org
Respect for Animals, who have been a world leading organisation in their campaigns against the fur trade, http://www.respectforanimals.co.uk/home.php/furfree and http://www.respectforanimals.co.uk/home.php/daf
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In Memory of Robert Hunter – Seal Activist