European Commission turns its back
on the seals


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Sent: Saturday, March 17, 2007 5:06 PM

3 simple ways you can help the seals


European Commission turns its back
on the seals

 
With the Canadian Seal 'Hunt' due to start in a matter of days, the European Commission has said 'no' to banning the import of seal products into the European Union.
 

Despite unprecedented support from 425 MEPs, the European Commission has ruled that it will not implement a ban, but will instead commission a study into the 'hunt' to gauge whether it is humane or not (even though numerous other studies and extensive video footage prove the inherent cruelty involved).  This study could take years to complete - in the meantime, many hundreds of thousands of Harp seal pups will be slaughtered on the ice floes of Canada's east coast.
 
Dr Caroline Lucas MEP, together with other co-sponsor MEPS of the European Parliament, have been pressing the Commission to implement a ban.  Other countries in Europe and beyond, have already put bans in place, or are expected to do so within the very near future.
 
The UK government (through the UK minister for trade) has stated that it is:
'deeply concerned about the reported cruelty of the Canadian seal hunt and that the UK will press the European Commission to put forward an EU-wide ban on harp and hooded deal products.'  Now that no such ban is imminent, the UK government needs to be lobbied to implement its own ban.
 
With the UK being the second largest importer of Canadian seal skins (Denmark being the largest), any ban would send a very strong message to the Canadian government.
 
What can you do?
 

  • Sign a petition urging the Prime Minister to implement a ban: http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/SAVESEALS/  
  
 
These are three, very simple and quick ways of helping to stop this atrocity - don't do it later - do it now!
For the seals
 
Forbidden import of sealproducts - of cape fur seals, hooded seals and harpseals - .
into Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands 
Honor to these countries that respect lives of these beautiful living creatures. 
web page by CVFA

Stop the seal hunt - IFAW

Also
support the cape fur seals in South Africa go to Help cape fur seals and more in web


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Support our work to stop the cruel seal hunt and fur trade today by making as generous a donation as you can afford.

Sign our petition and demand an end to the needless slaughter of these beautiful animals for their fur. Add your name to the list of more than 80,000 people who are demanding that Prime Minister Stephen Harper permanently end the annual seal slaughter.

With your help, we'll get more than 100,000 compassionate individuals to sign the petition before the slaughter begins just days from now.

For all animals,

In just one week, the killing of more than 300,000 baby harp seals will begin in Canada.
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Ingrid E. Newkirk
President

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Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 8:19 PM
Subject: [AntiFurSociety] Dangerous Loop-hole in EU's Proposal on Dog/Cat Fur

If you are a European Citizen, please ACT NOW and write to your 
national Minister of Agriculture (he/she sits on the relevant 
Council of Ministers) and your MEPs. Ask them to remove this clause 
before the proposal is passed. Email addresses together with sample 
emails can be found at http://sirius.2kat.net/dogsforfur.html#1 

Its Their Destiny e-news 16th January 2007

Dangerous Loop-hole in EU's Proposal on Dog/Cat Fur
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Dear Friends

Back in November 2006 we were pleased to be able to report that the 
EU Commission had finally confirmed its proposal to ban dog and cat 
fur. The full draft proposal can be seen at 
http://sirius.2kat.net/EU%20Proposal.pdf

The proposal from the Commission will not become law until it is 
approved by both the Council of Ministers and the European 
Parliament. The fact that the Parliament requested this from the 
Commission back in 2003 doesn't count. Both the Council and the 
Parliament must agree and approve the precise wording. 
There is however a worrying clause in the draft regulation 
presented by the Commission.

"Article 4 (Implementing Powers), 
Section 2. provisions which derogate from the prohibitions provided 
for in Article 1 for such fur or products containing such fur

? which is labelled as originating from cats or dogs that have not 
been bred or killed for fur production or

? which are personal or household effects being introduced into the 
Community, or exported therefrom."

This is elaborated upon in the introductory explanation of motives 
(section 12),

"However, it is appropriate to provide for the possibility to 
derogate from the general ban on the placing on the market, import 
to or export from the Community of fur of cats and dogs and products 
containing such fur if it can be ensured that it originates from 
cats and dogs that have not been bred or killed for fur production 
and if it is labelled as such and will therefore not have any 
negative effect on the consumer?s confidence in fur and fur 
products. Furthermore, it is appropriate to provide for the 
possibility to derogate from the ban if the fur is only introduced 
to or exported from the Community for personal use and can therefore 
be considered as not impeding the smooth operation of the internal 
market."

This clause leaves open the very real possibility for misleading 
claims (from producers in countries such as China where these 
animals are eaten) that the fur industry is a by-product of the meat 
industry, and that their fur is therefore exempt from the ban. 
Attempts to challenge any such claims would be unlikely to be met 
with active co-operation, to say the least. We are then faced with a 
scenario similar to the current situation, except with labelling of 
furs of dog and cat origin. If furs (not finished products) so 
labelled were imported, there is no guarantee that garments 
containing them would also bear such a label, since labelling of the 
species of origin would not be a general requirement and the furs 
could pass through several dealers and EU countries before ending up 
as trimmings on jackets and trinkets. This proposal would therefore 
have little effect in ridding the European market of these horrible 
furs, nor would it restore the confidence of consumers.

This proposal is scheduled to be discussed by the EU Council of 
Ministers (Agriculture) on 29th January 2007.

If you are a European Citizen, please ACT NOW and write to your 
national Minister of Agriculture (he/she sits on the relevant 
Council of Ministers) and your MEPs. Ask them to remove this clause 
before the proposal is passed. Email addresses together with sample 
emails can be found at http://sirius.2kat.net/dogsforfur.html#1 
Please write - it only takes a few minutes, but it has taken more 
than 3 years since the European Parliament called for a ban for it 
to get this far. Were this loop-hole to be included in the final 
regulation, it could quite conceivably ensure that dog and cat fur 
continues to be sold throughout Europe for many years to come, and even undermine the countries that have already banned it.