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Well I hate posting about this as much as you hate listening to me prattle on about it obviously. But the European Union under pressure from the Canadian government and an Inuit group has suspended the ban on Canadian seal products. 

The ban was supposed to come into effect today, but the Canadian group has requested an injunction against the ban, arguing that the EU was misinformed about the 'supposed' cruelty of the hunt. Oh gee, I wonder how many more videos we need to take of white furred baby harp seals being skinned alive?

And I am so sick of the Canadian government bringing the Inuit people into this. They are exempt from the ban as it is, so it in no way affects them, one wonders what their motives are?

The Canadian government also accused the EU of discrimination, but they are far from being the only country whose seal products were/are banned due to inhumane practices.

Seriously, governments need to grow the fuck up.
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Well this almost made me chuck my cookies. The Canadian Governor General, in support of the seal hunt staged a media conference, surrounding herself with Inuit peoples, and sliced open a seal carcass to remove and eat a piece of it's heart...raw.

Firstly - That's pretty sick, Chubs.

Secondly - What a DUMB ASS!

The bill passed by the European Union a few weeks ago, which blocks the import of seal products from the hunt actually exempts the Inuit's traditional hunts, (and hey, they saw the furry fuckers first, right?). She is deliberately exploiting them in a futile attempt to gain sympathy for the slaughter. She said the heart tasted like sushi, and mentioned how it was high in protein. - Never mind the sealers most often than not throw the carcasses, stripped of their skins back into the ice or in the water - rarely consumed, or that the meat is contaminated with mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls - a result of improper disposal of chemicals in the 70's. What an absolutely disgusting and stupid thing to do.
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I have been sitting on this for the better part of 2 weeks now, but I think today is an excellent day to spread the news that the European Union has finally placed an import ban on all Canadian seal products. It was announced officially today after the European parliament voted in Strasbourg, 550 to 49. This is practically the final nail in the coffin for the seal hunt.

I know I've been fairly quiet regarding my usual ranting and wailing regarding the hunt (and damn, I've taken my blows for it too), but we knew this was coming this year - economically, it has just gotten to the point where even the sealers aren't bothering to go out and kill the seals, because the money for the pelts does not cover their expenses. One can only hope the Canadian government might want to think ahead instead of wallowing in the mistaken self righteousness of archaic and barbaric practices, and educate these fisherman, so that they like the seals can have a better future.

I am also incredibly humbled to have participated in 3 of these campaigns in the last 4 years with some of the most amazing people in the world. Rebecca Aldworth is a goddess, she had been at the forefront of the anti-sealing movement for the last 11 years with the Humane Society, her contributions are without doubt one of the biggest reasons why we are where we are today. Captain Paul Watson from Sea Shepherd who is one of the most thoughtful, yet scariest mofos I have ever met. He's been involved since the 70's in a more hands on approach, witnessing the slaughter, documenting and collecting evidence of the inhumane practices, and generally being a pest to the Canadian government, until they finally confiscated his ship illegally last year. And lastly, Diana Marmorstein and everyone at Harpseals.org who are continuing to run the Canadian seafood boycott with HSUS/HSI and monitoring the situation with the WTO below.

This news doesn't spell the end of the issue at hand, Canada is threatening legal action against the EU and are planning to take their case to the World Trade Organisation, and seal pelts can still be sold to Russia, Norway and China, because they do not come under the EU.

More info here, here, here & here.
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So I've heard about the Canadian government's new revisions to the 'Marine Mammal Regulations' regarding their annual seal slaughter:

"The proposal would modify the three-step process (stunning, checking, and bleeding the seals) to prohibit the use of a hakapik or club for seals over one year old, to require sealers to verify death only through palpation of the skull and to require the animal to be bled for one minute prior to skinning."

These changes sound pretty useless, seeing as 95% of the seals that are taken in the hunt are no older than 3 months. They've eliminated the 'blinking eye test' that was a requirement last season. Also, the training for palpation is sitting the sealers down to watch a video on the practice.

This can only be in response to the European Union's proposed ban on seal products that come from cruel and inhumane methods carried out in the seal hunt. What a disgusting attempt to appease the EU and the rest of the world who disagrees with the hunt, so that they may continue to murder the remaining 10% of the harp seal population they had before...

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Canada's seal hunt wraps up.

And 80%? I find that hard to believe.
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This is from an email I received last night from the Chief Executive Officer of the Humane Society International:

"The European Environment Commissioner has announced he will propose a ban on the import and trade in all seal products originating from inhumane hunts."

I know it doesn't sound like much, but it is just one step further to ending the horrific Canadian seal hunt once and for all.

Humane Society International
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Admittedly, I haven't really become involved (aside from one small email campaign) in any protests to do with the Canadian seal slaughter this year. Just catching up on the latest news is a little stressful, and I am choosing to step back this year and limit my involvement. Nonetheless, this business with the Canadian Coast Guard boarding the Farley Mowat is odd, considering the majority of reports I have read have placed the occurrence well outside the 12 mile boundary of the Canadian waters. And that this happens days after the deaths of 4 sealers after their boat capsized while being towed by the Canadian Coast Guard. It will be interesting to see how this affects the proposed bill in Europe to ban seal product imports considering the ship's Captain is from The Netherlands, and the Farley Mowat is also registered there.

Canadian Coast Guard Seizes Sea Shepherd Vessel

Also in the news today, one of the fancy pants religious boys schools here in Brisbane are banning gay students from bringing male partners as their date to the school formal. I watched the interview with the school's principal this morning, and I just have to ask why everyone allows this kind of prejudice on the air with no question? Certainly the principal is allowed his opinion, I'm not debating that. But why didn't the reporters rebuff his claims with simple human decency and equality for all, regardless of the religious background of the school? Supposedly sexual discrimination is not tolerated in any schools - private or public, and yet this is still an issue. The Principal also stated that the young men were not mature enough to understand how to deal with relationships with other boys. How the hell does that make any sense? They're smart enough to know how to handle relationships with girls, but not boys? Seriously, WTF? Grow up.

Anglican Church Grammar School Bans Gay Partners At Formal

BTW, I have now been on LJ for a whole year. Yay me. :P (I also have a new banner :D)
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*Pets seals*







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In other news, I have rediscovered the wonders of children's cough syrup, so I'm feeling alot better today, and now I'm off to watch POTC 3, yay!

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