European Commission turns its back
on the seals
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From: seals seals
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/
- urge your MP to sign EDM 83, asking for a ban (http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=31652&SESSION=885). To find your MP, go to: http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/MemberList.aspx
- E-mail: Ian McCartney, Minister for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com Urge him to implement a ban
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
In just one week, the killing of more than 300,000 baby harp seals will begin in Canada.
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 ' 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.