Minister to speak at WTO headquarters about seal hunt

Josh Pennell
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Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and Minister for the Arctic Council, Leona Aglukkaq, will be defending the Canadian seal hunt to the World Trade Organization (WTO) St. Patrick’s Day.

That’s according to a federal government news release. Aglukkaq will make her arguments about the European Union’s “unfair” ban on seal products before the WTO Appellate Body at the WTO Headquarters in Geneva.

“Our Government is firmly committed to defending the legitimate economic activities of Canadians, including the humane, sustainable seal harvest. That's why last year Canada appealed to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body regarding the European Union's discriminatory and entirely emotional ban on Canadian seal products and on Monday March 17th, the WTO 's appeal hearings will begin,” Aglukkaq says in the release.

The release goes on to say that Canadian coastal and northern communities depend on the seal hunt.

“For these Canadians, sealing is about much more than fur -  it is their livelihood, economic support for their families and a way of life. Animal products are used and traded throughout the world on a regular basis. Seals are no different.”

This includes Canada's sealing industry and the coastal and northern communities that depend on a sustainable and humane seal hunt, the release says.

The release also takes a shot at both the NDP and liberals saying that NDP and Liberal Members of Parliament “have decided to join the European Union in their efforts to oppose the humane Canadian seal harvest and undercut the livelihood of Canadian families by opposing our efforts to defend this sustainable hunt.”

Organizations: World Trade Organization, European Union, WTO Appellate Body WTO Headquarters NDP

Geographic location: Canada, Geneva

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  • Harry
    March 17, 2014 - 14:01

    As a harvester, I am stilling heading outdoors at any time of the year each season even if there is a ban or no ban. As such had seen the other side affects the "spoiled hides" ending up the local dump because of no market not just seal hides neither, it is sad to see such. Although they look great when they are made into something, even our representatives wore them and I do not have time for that. Inuit manage their wildlife and marine mammals. EU demanded and we listened and what did we get in return???absolutely nothing. From now on I will never listen to the WTO, EU, and their affiliates; even if they come up with management plans, harvest plans. They never helped the beneficiaries in my region, we do not need to listen as they are very far away from where I live and they will never do harm and I have nothing to do with their gov't.