Bad news for reasonable Canadians everywhere — your Parliament is acting a damn fool!
News recently broke that The Canadian Parliament’s restaurant will serve seal meat this week in support of hunters battling a European Union ban on seal products — a vote that passed last year with an overwhelming majority.
Specifically, the ban includes “processed goods derived from seals, including their skins – which are used to make coats, bags and clothing – as well as meat, oil blubber, organs and seal oil.” About the decision, Senator Celine Hervieux-Payette said:
“All political parties will have the opportunity to demonstrate to the international community the solidarity of the Canadian Parliament behind those who earn a living from the seal hunt.”
That’s quite a loaded statement. Firstly, it’s important to note that seal hunting is an off-season activity that only produces a very small fraction of a fisherman’s income. In fact, the skin of a seal pup is only worth $33 at top price. Secondly, many believe that if the Canadian government invested in ecotourism instead of the hunt, they could see higher profits without brutality.
Canada has requested to meet with the EU at the World Trade Organization to discuss negotiating the legislation, but we’re pretty sure they’re going to be left in the cold.
To learn more about why seal hunting is absolutely never okay, visit HSUS.org!