Rocky & Bella, Inc. earns National Animal Supplement Quality Seal

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recently met the National Animal Supplement Council’s nationally recognized standards after a rigorous facility audit, earning the NASC Quality Seal. Only 80 pet supplement companies internationally are able to use the NASC Quality Seal on products. Bryn Mawr, Penn.—Pet

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Canada Okays Matching Seal Quota

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This despite a dry market for seal products and a warming climate that is hurting the species? The market for Canadian seal pelts has gone dry but the federal government will still allow sealers to kill 400,000 of the marine mammals when the annual hunt opens next Monday. canada seal hunt sealsReally, Canada? Really? For the full article, go to The Globe and Mail here.

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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.

Canadian Seal Hunt Ends Early

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It ended early as a result of low demand for pelts (due to the European ban on seal products) and the lack of ice floes. Tags: canada europe seal hunt seals

Newfoundland Seal Hunt Extended

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Earlier this week, Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea extended the end date of the annual seal hunt from May 15 to May 31. Poor, poor seal hunters. Tags: canada seal hunters seals This is because of the poor "harvest" due to bad ice conditions. I'm sorry, but I don't care who makes money off this barbaric practice. It's cruel.

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Here is a New York Times story about seal meat

PETA Issues Anti-Seal Hunt Video

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Canada Reaches Seal Product Deal with China

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In order to offset the loss of the seal product market in Europe, Canada has made a deal with China. canada europe seal hunt seals chinaI'm not surprised. China as a whole still doesn't have a national conscience about these issues. Although 40 Chinese animal rights groups have protested, they don't really have any political or financial clout to change anything.

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Here is a New York Times story about the seal trade

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. Eco-tourism is a growing part of Namibia's identity, but tourists will be shocked to learn that a seal they photograph one day may be clubbed to death the next morning.

Apple Rejects Idiotic Seal Clubbing Game

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Canada Threatens WTO Action on Seal Ban

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If Europe bans seal products, Canada may go to the WTO (World Trade Organization) and appeal. Tags: canada europe trade seals

Seal Products Banned in Europe

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EU nations agree to ban on seal products * Ban would lead to trade clash with Norway and Canada * Final approvals seen as a formality. Tags: canada norway europe trade seals Hooray! Thanks to Animal Rights Person for the heads up on this. As of last Friday. *

Canadian Seals In Big Trouble from Melting Ice

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Canadian seals are being screwed by an exceptionally warm winter and lack of ice. Tags: climate canada seal hunt seals I've been hearing about this from the Humane Society, but haven't posted about it yet. They are dying and starving. And that's not even mentioning the hunters that are after them.

Canadian Prime Minister Eats Seal Meat

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He's doing it to show his opposition to the EU's ban on seal products. Tags: canada europe seals hunting Canada plans on appealing to the WTO. Stay classy Harper!

Sealed with a kiss!

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Happy Valentine’s day from some super cute animals at Sea World ! Visit the Sea World blog for all kinds of animal conservation news! cute animals cute of the day holidays

Journalists Arrested During Namibian Seal Hunt

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Ugly stuff in Namibia, the country with the seal hunting that no one talks about because so few know about it (I mean who thinks about seal hunting in Namibia?) Secret footage smuggled out of Namibia has revealed the brutal reality of the Namibian seal hunt - and the subsequent attack on British journalist Jim Wickens and South African cameraman Bart Smithers. Tags: animal cruelty africa seal hunters seals namibia hunting

Seal Meat Served in Canada

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And this is despite the bad press received by the annual seal hunts. For time immemorial seal has been eaten -- raw -- as a traditional food by indigenous people such as the Inuit. Now, rustic seal has been carted out by back-to-basics foodies dressed up as a gourmet delight, particularly inspiring diners in mostly French-speaking Quebec province, where there is a devoted food-lovers' culture. Tags: canada meat seals restaurants

Seattle People Helping Protect Seal Pups

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The group is called Seal Sitters and they protect baby seals who have been left on the each while their moms fish. Tags: seattle animal rescue marine life seals It's a nice story to offset the cruelty of the dead baby tiger in Hanoi.

Ottawa to Lobby EU Against Seal Ban

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Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea said Monday that Canadian officials will meet with EU politicians in a bid to convince them that Canada's commercial seal hunt is humane and should be exempt from a proposed seal import ban.A Tags: canada europe seal hunters seals hunting They must really be nervous.

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.

Canada to Push Seal Hunt Agenda at G-7

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The second half of the article deals with their attempts at pushing that damn seal hunt. Tags: canada seal hunters Stupid seals The Canadian government is so damn stubborn on this issue. Is it THAT much a part of its economy? Canada needs to stop exploiting its natural resources and move into a more sophisticated type of economy. You'd think they were a developing nation with nothing else to offer.

Alistair Darling Refuses to Eat Seal Meat at G7 Meeting

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He refused to eat the seal meat that the local Inuit community offered to the meeting participants, instead eating Arctic char. They're basically making participants choose between eating seal meat or pissing off the Inuits and risk being called racists. Tags: canada UK europe seal hunt inuit seals G7 Alistair Darling, the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer, is in Canada for a G-7 meeting.

Seal Import Ban Passes EU Committee

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Europe Votes to Ban Seal Products

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From the press release: Euro-MPs have voted overwhelmingly for a total ban on the trade in seal products across Europe. A resolution at the end of a three-year campaign, triggered by a public outcry at the annual seal culls in Canada and Norway, condemned the slaughter of seals as "inherently inhumane". Tags: seal hunters That's good news.

Contrarian Nonsense About the Seal Slaughter

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WHO could defend the slaughter of 300,000 harp, hooded and grey seals by hook-wielding hunters out to make a quick buck from the seals' pelts? The increasingly shrill condemnation of Canada's seal cull is based on a view of humans as bloodthirsty destroyers of nature. I would rather stand with the seal bashers than with these people bashers. Tags: seal hunters idiocy Ah, nothing like a column defending baby sea killers to get the blood going.

Canada and Greenland Defend Seal Hunting

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They are testifying with Canada against an EU ban on seal products. Tags: canada greenland europe seal hunters seals Oh, yeah, I forgot about Greenland. Both claim that a ban would be devastating. They spoke before a hearing on the proposed ban. Greenland Fisheries Minister Finn Karlsen, dressed in a traditional white Inuit sealskin jacket, insisted such a ban would “have severe and negative consequence for hunters and their families.” “Our

Canada Up to Its Old Seal-Killing Tricks

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No person shall use a club or a hakapik to strike a seal older than one year unless the seal has been shot with a firearm," states one of the new rules, posted Saturday in a government publication but not on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans website. The sealers must now feel the seal's cranium to make sure it is broken. Tags: canada seal hunters seals Here they go again. Trying to put a humane face on a barbaric practice.

Record Year for Sick Seals in San Pedro,CA

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Some of the damage was caused by humans who shot, clubbed or threw so-called seal bombs at the mammals. The explosives are tossed into the water to scare away seals from fishing areas. Even though it has been a record year for sick harbor seals, sea lions and elephant seals, experts say it could get much worse. Tags: marine animals seals sea lions From the Contra Costa Times.

Let the Bloodbath Begin: Canadian Seal Hunt Resumes

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The Canadian government has authorized the killing of 280,000 harp seals. Tags: canada barbarism seals I won't even bother asking the Canadians to stop this barbaric practice. The only way it will end is if the market for this product in Europe dries up. The US already has such a ban in place. From the article, animal activist group Equanimal is working on it from the European end. Here is a link to the Google translated page of this group (it's in Spanish).

PETA Sets Up Web Site for Olympics

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Go to OlympicShame2010.com see PETA's seal hunt site. Tags: canada seal hunt seals olympics

PETA to Target Vancouver Olympics Over Seal Hunts

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says Vancouver's Olympic organizers have the clout to convince the Canadian government to end the controversial seal hunt on the East Coast. The group will launch a new campaign on Wednesday featuring the 2010 Inukshuk logo clubbing a seal, with the five Olympic rings dripping blood. Tags: indigenous hunting canada seals PETA hunting It will be PETA's first Olympics!

Activists in Canada Found Not Guilty of Getting to Close to Seal Slaughter

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A judge has found five animal-rights activists not guilty of getting too close to seal hunters during the 2006 hunt off Canada's east coast. The five were charged with coming within 10 metres of seal hunters on March 26, 2006 while filming the annual slaughter in the Gulf of St. Tags: seal hunters humane society That's good news. Lawrence, not far from Cape Breton. They are representatives of Humane Society International and Humane Society of the United States.

PETA Goes After Canada's Seal Hunt

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PETA has launched a spoof site for the Vancouver Olympic Games over seal hunting. I hate the seal slaughter. Seal hunting is just plain wrong. Warning, they have video of seal clubbing (and it starts automatically when you go to the site). I criticize PETA a lot, but in this case I think they are right on the money. I think it's barbaric and should be ended. You can go on and on about tradition, but just because something is old doesn't make it good.

Seal Slaughter Stopped by Russia. Canada? Not So Much.

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Kudos for Russian leader Vladimir Putin for stopping the slaughter of seals. Activists accused Norwegian companies of encouraging the killing because seal hunting was no longer allowed in their own country Maybe Canada can learn something from the former KGB agent and avid hunter about compassion. The ministry said: “This is a serious step forward to protect Russia’s biological diversity.

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.

PETA Activist Pied in the Face

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A PETA anti seal hunt activist was hit in the face with a pie in Newfoundland. In other news, PETA received more publicity for their anti seal hunting campaign when one of their protesters was hit in the face with a pie. That's good, because I really hate Canada's odious seal hunt. Tags: seal hunters PETA This after a PETA activist hit Canada Fisheries Minister Gail Shae with a pie.

Newfoundland MP Says PETA Pie Throw Could be Terrorism

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She's referring to the pie thrown in the face of Fisheries Minister Gail Shea by a PETA member protesting the Canadian seal hunt. Tags: canada animal enterprise terrorism act seals PETA It's pretty scary that a Liberal MP would actually question whether a pie in the face is terrorism. I'm wondering whether the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act in the US is making the rounds of Canadian politicians.

Easy Chicken Dog Cookies

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Storing treats in an airtight container or vacuum-sealed bag preserves them for much longer and better maintains nutrient content. These Chicken dog treats are full of flavor and nutrition for your best friend.