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quarta-feira, 7 de abril de 2010

latest news out of Canada

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Dear Anne,

I'm heartened by the latest news out of Canada: A recent poll just found that many Newfoundland sealers consider ending the hunt to be the best option after all. Tell the Canadian government to stop the killing now!

In the survey, half of Newfoundland sealers holding an opinion support a federal buyout of the commercial seal hunt. This plan would involve the Canadian government purchasing sealing licenses and investing in economic alternatives in the communities involved. Economists tell us that such a plan would cost Canada far less than keeping the seal hunt going.

A sealing industry buyout makes perfect sense:

:: Prices for seal fur are falling fast following the European Union ban on seal product trade.

:: Around the world, commercial sealing is coming to an end, with Russia having banned its commercial seal slaughter last year.

:: With sea ice continuing to deteriorate, sealers face dangerous conditions and fewer seals are surviving the birthing season.

:: And sealers are feeling the impact of a boycott of Canadian seafood that will continue until the seal slaughter stops for good.

Given all of these factors, it's outrageous that the Canadian government continues to subsidize the commercial seal slaughter -- even increasing the hunt quota by 50,000 this year despite the deaths of thousands of seal pups due to poor ice conditions.

We must keep the pressure on! Thousands of people from around the world are pledging to do whatever it takes to convince Canada to stop

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