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Spain Votes to Ban All Seal Products

Fewer countries are starting to tolerate Canada's annual baby seal slaughter

Fewer countries are starting to tolerate Canada’s annual baby seal slaughter

This past week, soon after Canada started its annual baby seal hunt, Spain joined a growing list of countries that voted to ban all seal products in the European Union.

Spain voted against seal products for the EU on March 25, following close on the heels of Ireland’s March 17 vote to ban all seal products. Several other European countries like the Netherlands, France, and Germany (as well as the EU parliament’s internal market and consumer protection committee) have also voted to ban all seal products. Canada, whose annual seal hunt is the largest slaughter of marine mammals in the world (killing well over a quarter of a million seals per year), is becoming more and more isolated in its stance on the needless practice.

Even Russia announced banning its own baby seal hunt this March, and this year a Canadian Senator proposed to end Canada’s seal hunt. A majority of Canada’s population are opposed to the hunt as well.

Although the 2009 Canadian seal hunt has just begun, the Canadian hunters have already killed over 19,000 seals so far this season. For more information on Canada’s hunt, The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has this helpful page on facts and information about the hunt.

And for more videos and photos on the annual hunt, here is Sea Shepherd’s media page concerning the fight against Canada’s seal slaughter.


  1. Comment by

    Roger Beaudoin

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    Too cruel for Spain??? We’re talking about a country where bullfighting is allowed! What a bunch of hypocrites…

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    Although this is a wonderful and GREAT thing to ban seal products because of the horrific and barbaric slaughter of seals during the commercial (not Native!) hunt in Canada — agree with the first comment — bullfighting is just as horrific and barbaric. These animals are tortured; Spain should ban bullfighting as well.

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    This hunt does not make me proud to be a Canadian.
    The politicians here used to say it was cultural and this depressed area needed the money.
    Now, they ignore both Canadian and International opinion. That tells me this hunt is on its last, tired legs.
    Keep up the pressure, Canada will change this barbaric massacre.

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    Roger: I am one of the coordinators of the Protect Seals Network in Spain. As you may imagine, I also take part actively in antibullfighting campaigns…in fact we are about to take to the Catalan parliament a popular legal initiative to debate a ban on bullfighting because the citizens of Catalonia (a region in Spain) demand so. You may see some pics of our demos…with more than 5.000 people in barcelona claiming and end to bullfighting so please, do not critizise us….but help us!

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    yes spain, well done about protesting about seals. but please also protest at home about the bull torture. this should be banned next.