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The EU Takes a Stand for Seals

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The EU Takes a Stand for Seals by Guest Bloggeranimals.nationalgeographic / CC

Seals around the world are throwing up their flippers in celebration—the European Parliament voted today to end the sale of seal products across the European Union (EU)!

This vote adds to the pressure on Canada to end the seal slaughter. It shows that the EU Parliament recognizes the inhumanity of the annual massacre. The ban will undoubtedly deal a strong blow to sealers’ profits—and that, in turn, will result in less blood on the ice.

The EU’s decision is in line with the wishes of the majority of European citizens and all good people across the globe, including, of course, all Canadian citizens who are ashamed that their country is party to the bloody seal slaughter. Eyes now turn to the Canadian government: It has threatened to challenge the EU ban on trade in seal products at the World Trade Organization. Instead, it should be using its own laws to ban the seal slaughter.

The following post by Shawna Flavell was originally published on The PETA Files.

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    Valerie Valentine says...

    May 8th, 2009, 6:45 pm

    This is great 100 points for the baby seals and 0 points for Canada. I’m so happy that I could take part in this event. And I hope and Pray that all God’s creature has a right to live.

    Meli says...

    May 8th, 2009, 11:28 pm

    Thanks! i hope this have a happy ending..too much blood, too much cruelty, this can’t be our world..

    Pamela says...

    May 9th, 2009, 3:52 am

    I don’t understand how anyone thinks that pelts skinned from an animal are attractive. There are more important matters for the WTO to concentrate on than supporting the disgusting use of dead animal pelts.

    Anonymous says...

    May 9th, 2009, 2:21 pm

    I don’t think Canada sees this as murder. Plus these seals are living their lives, born free. Who is Canada to say that free seals are for slaughter for profit. I don’t wear any animals on me. Read labels. China and Korea also have a great thing going too, dogs and cats. apparently once the dog gets to be a year old its ready to celebrate the killing, murder them. they think its potent meat at that point. What the hell are they ingesting to make them dissolutioned. I would really like to know and now they have turned to rabbits so hasnt brazil. whats with the mindset with these countries anyway.

    Monica says...

    May 9th, 2009, 3:47 pm

    I was appalled when I read in the newspaper that some of our politicians had proposed that our athletes wear seal fur as the uniform for the 2010 Olympics, what is wrong with these people??? There is so much misinformation about the seal hunt – depletion of cod, the sealers making a living – it is absolutley disgusting that this is still allowed to happen and hopefully now the EU has taken this stand then maybe the hunt will be stopped for good.

    ANNAMARIA SETTE DE PAOLIS says...

    May 9th, 2009, 4:14 pm

    EHILA’ MY FRIENDS !
    FINALLY THIS SHAMEFUL AND HORRIFIC TRADE OF SEALS CORPS AND FURS IS BEING STOPPED BY THE EU PARLIAMENT. HURRAH !
    LET’S NOW CROSS FINGERS AND HOPE THIS BLOODY TRADE BE HALTED ALL OVER THE WORLD.
    ANNAMARIA SETTE DEPAOLIS ITALY.

    ANNE PICKARD says...

    May 9th, 2009, 6:49 pm

    GREAT NEWS ABOUT THE BABY SEALS, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

    susana says...

    May 9th, 2009, 11:15 pm

    I’m glad to hear that, althoug there much to be done yet…

    Guido Van Hemel says...

    May 10th, 2009, 5:17 am

    If anybody should be like an animal, there schould no more be beasts.
    Guido Van Hemel/Antwerp

    Adrine says...

    May 10th, 2009, 5:47 am

    I just hope Canadians will finally be ashamed of how cruelly they kill these poor animals for profit. Shame on them, truly. I just hope they will stop killing these innocent poor baby seals.

    Barbara Rea says...

    May 11th, 2009, 3:04 pm

    Im Glad They Finally Stoped The Seal Hunt I think It Is Past Time For This Horrible Crule Slaughter To Be Stopped!And To Anonymous on May 9th 2009 Some Of Those Seals Are Only Three Weeks Old When They Are Killed!I Dont Call That Born Free! And China Has A Great System They Slaughter Dogs And Cats For There Fur! By Skinning Them Alive! Just So We Can Have Fur Coats! Im Very Happy They Stopped This Horrible Slaughter Barbara Rea Peta Member

    Samy Sandoval♥ says...

    May 15th, 2009, 4:02 pm

    THANKS REALLY i hope this end very soon
    because really .
    It’s not fair for those animal..

    Jane Kerrigan says...

    June 10th, 2010, 9:56 am

    So Happy……….. Still a long way to go, but a major victory nevertheless and hopefully the beginning of the end to the barbaric practices of the fur industry.

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