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THE GREY SEALS OF NOVA SCOTIA: Some light for 2014

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Emy Will

Emy Will

Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa. Although I have a doctorate in psychotherapy, my main passion is advocating for nonhuman animal rights. I condemn all cruelty to nonhuman animals and therefore follow a vegan lifestyle. I would like to connect with other animal activists from all over the world. The fur trade is one of the most abhorrent practices on this planet. Innocent animals are subjected to prolonged suffering for a trivial fashion item. As the chairperson of Fur Free SA. we campaign towards ending the global fur industry. This might not happen in my lifetime, but even if I leave one footprint behind, that is one step closer to the goal. This blog is a forum to discuss all aspects of the fur industry. It also raises issues around animal activism in general. Johannesburg is a crazy city and I need to escape from time to time. This photo was taken next to the magnificent Zambezi river.

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This post links to my previous post: http://emynow.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/protect-harp-seals-they-deserve-to-live-and-play/

Nova Scotia’s Hay Island is on the east coast of Canada. For many years an annual slaughtering of Grey Seals has taken place in this “off the beaten track” location.

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This slaughter usually goes unnoticed by the world. Although it is on a smaller scale to the rest of Canada, the nature of the slaughter is the same. Fishermen bludgeon to death recently weaned, defenseless seal pups only for their fur!

In 2012 and 2013 the Hay-island-Nova-Scotia-seal-hunt was cancelled. In all probability this commercial seal hunt will be called off again this year, 2014, as the demand for seal products has decreased.

Why is this?  Well, we have to thank both:  The European Union (EU) and The World Trade Organisation (WTO)

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The EU implemented a ban on seal product trade within its own countries in August 2010. Then on April 25 2013, the European General Court upheld the EU trade regulation on seal products. In a clear, strongly worded decision the court dismissed any concerns that either the EU seal trade regulation, or its implementation, lacked a legal basis.                                     

Of course Canada and Norway, the main providers of seal pelts, challenged this ban.

In response to this challenge, on 25 November 2013, the WTO upheld the EU’s decision on the basis of a “public morals” clause. In other words, the EU can ban the trade in seal products on the basis of public moral concerns over animal welfare. A total of 34 countries now ban the trade in seal products, including the 28 countries of the EU, Russia and the US.                                        

FINALLY WE HAVE BEEN HEARD!Hunt cancelled - Noa Scotia

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4 Comments

  1. Nancy says:

    Reblogged this on "OUR WORLD".

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  2. Yes!. This is excellent news, Emy. Particularly, because moral grounds are the reason. Finally, a decision made on ethics!.

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  4. Adam Hughes says:

    Reblogged this on Freedom For Cetaceans- Causes.

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