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SEAL SKIN TRINKETS: Necessary for survival?

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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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Seal fur crafts at the Inuvialuit craft store in Inuvik, N.W.T. (Mackenzie Scott/CBC)

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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