Russia Bans Canadian Seal Imports!

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Russia does have its own seal hunt, but apparently they banned killings of animals under one year old. I don't see what they get out of it, unless they want to impress Europe, which has already banned seal products. Russia and two of its neighbours have informed the World Trade Organization that they are banning the import and export of harp seal pelts – a move that animal-rights activists are celebrating as the death knell of Canada’s commercial seal industry.

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Baby Fur Seal Lament – Digital Nomad

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Baby Fur Seal Lament – Digital Nomad. Andrew is hanging with some adorable baby Antarctic fur seals in South Geogria, and has posted a video of his encounter. National Geographic’s “Digital Nomad”, Andrew Evans, is on a trans-Atlantic journey from South America’s Cape Horn to Africa’s Cape of Good Hope. Along his journey (as with most of his adventures) he stops to hang with local animals, and to share his experience in his blog.

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Seal Industry Tries to Capitalize on Medical Researchers Conjectures

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But the seal industry doesn't care. Dr. Philippe Pibarot has been studying seal heart valves to see if they might be a better transplant option for humans than those from cows or pigs, believing they may be more durable than the other animal tissue. Despite that, a Quebec-based seal fur company has begun championing Pibarot's hypothesis, seeing the research as a buoy for Canada's beleaguered seal harvest. canada seal hunt seal hunters quebec seals

Commissioned Study Shows Namibian Seals Worth More Alive than Dead

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Seal tourism brings in more revenue for the African country than the seal hunt. Each year, up to 85,000 seals are killed in Namibia to make just a few dollars from their furs, when they would be worth so much more to the Namibian economy alive," said Claire Bass, WSPA International Oceans Campaign Leader. economics seal hunt africa economic development seals namibia hunting

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Canada Promoting Seal Meat and Fur in China

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Now there is a marriage made in heaven, two countries with atrocious records on animal issues have come together. The EU was a small market for Canada. Of course, we're disappointed in their actions," Ms. Shea said by telephone from China today. That being said, there are many other markets out there. That's what we're doing in China. We're trying to expand on the market that's here." Maybe they can start trading them for bear gall bladders and tiger parts.

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Clarification on Messaging

Animal Person

If you've seen The Witness , you know that Eddie drove around with a van that had a continuously looping video of what it takes to get the fur that some find so appealing (and he gave out leaflets, too). I spent years forcing people to look at photos of bludgeoned baby seals, "veal" calves in crates and skinned animals. Vegan education/advocacy for animals is easiest for me when I know my audience.

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On Small Victories

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Here's the set-up: The European Parliament endorsed a ban on seal products. Foot explains why this isn't the end of sealing and quotes a Fur Institute of Canada spokesperson who says: "The activists could have had an influence on the manner in which sealing is conducted - and they still could - if they want to talk and work with the people in the industry. Yesterday's " Do Small Victories Affect Big Picture in Animal Rights Debate?