In 2009 the European Union (EU) banned the importation of all seal products on the grounds that commercial seal hunts are inhumane. This ban exempted seal products derived from subsistence hunts by Inuit communities, who killed seals for their meat and fur.
Given that the Inuvialuit (Inuit people who live in the western Canadian Arctic regions) are exempted from the EU ban on seal products, another market for seal fur goods has arisen. The Inuvialuit are now selling seal fur trinkets to tourists. These tourists will be given a certificate to ensure that they are able to take any products they purchased in the Northwest Territories into the EU.
Now my question is: If a subsistence economy relies on natural resources to provide for basic needs, through hunting and gathering, does the sale of unnecessary seal fur trinkets now make the Inuit seal hunts a commercial venture?
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