Feds put up $5.7 million to market seal products

The federal government is putting $5.7 million toward marketing the sealing industry, despite the hunt grinding to a halt. The money, announced in the 2015 federal budget, will be dedicated to opening up new products and markets for the sealing industry. The quota for the 2015 hunt is 400,000 seals, but in 2014 there were only 60,000 seals harvested. The last seal pelt processor, Carino Processing of South Dildo, N.L., was subsidized by the provincial government to buy pelts. Carino announced this year it will not buy seal pelts or fat this year, leaving a $1-million provincial loan on the table. That leaves the industry effectively dead. Anti-sealing groups no longer bother to fly to Newfoundland and Labrador to monitor the seal hunt. But the government is hoping the $5.7-million investment over five years can open up new markets, particularly in Europe. That may seem an Read more

Carino not buying seals this year

CEO calls decision ‘short term pain for long term gain'; says market access key for future Carino Processing will not be buying seal pelts or fat this year, but company CEO Dion Dakins says the decision is geared to improve the industry's and the company's viability in the years ahead. Dakins said the company has inventory from previous hunts on hand. New player in this year's seal hunt promising to shake things up However, he said they will be purchasing a limited amount of seal meat from harvesters who are participating. As a result of the decision, Dakins said Carino has also decided not to access any of the $1 million loan announced last week by the provincial government. "At this point we just want to focus our efforts on the sale of our existing inventory," Dakins told CBC's Fisheries Read more

Canada Seal Hunt - Newfoundland And Labrador Opens Annual Hunt On Sunday

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The annual seal hunt off Newfoundland and Labrador will open Sunday. The federal Fisheries Department says sealers on the Front off northeastern Newfoundland and southern Labrador, as well as those based in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, can take to the water at 6 a.m. Fisheries says seal harvesters should check with their buyers to make sure there is a market for the seals before they head out. The department is also advising fishermen that they must do humane harvesting training before taking part in this year's hunt. The start of the season comes days after the Newfoundland and Labrador government contributed $2 million to two different processing plants to support the provincial sealing sector. An animal rights group condemned the financial aid, arguing the government is propping up a dying and inhumane industry. The Canadian Press Source: Read more

Swedish seal culls hit by new EU trading rules

The rules for selling seal products have been tightened. An exemption allowing the trade of products made from seals culled as part of wildlife management has been revoked by the EU, which could affect seal trade in Sweden. The EU commission made the decision after pressure from the World Trade Organisation (WTO), which in November 2013 called the exemption discriminatory. Sweden is one of si countries in the world that allows the hunting of seals, though only as part of wildlife management and with permission from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket). Around 300 seals were killed in 2014. The EU decision does not forbid the culling of seals. But rather than selling the fur or the meat, the products must now be destroyed. Swedish MEP Christofer Fjellner, member of the Moderate party, was among those who hit out at the new rules on Read more

‘Nail in coffin for Norwegian seal hunting’: Govt cuts subsidies

Norway has cut a 12 million kroner ($1.8 million) subsidy for seal hunting from next year’s budget. Environmentalists have applauded the move. Some businesses say it is putting an end to a historical and eco-friendly practice. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries say stripping the seal industry of subsidy has been dictated by “economic priorities.” The government is aware of how vital the financial support has been for the business. “Seal hunting businesses are run by 80 percent subsidies,” State Secretary Amund Ringdal of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries told the Norwegian news agency NTB. “When they are removed, the consequences will clearly be big. But we cannot say whether it's the final nail in the coffin for Norwegian seal hunting.” The opposition has criticized the government for yielding to pressure from the EU. “In reality the government gave in to Read more

Ground-breaking WTO decision puts animal welfare before Free Trade, based on morals.

After spending hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars to fight a ban put in place by the EU, the Canada and Norway governments received its answer from the World Trade Organization that countries can, in fact, ban products they consider to be inhumane. More money is spent on promotion, peddling, and fighting trade bans than the commercial seal hunt, which is performed by off-season, full time fishermen, could ever bring in. Since Canada’s government can’t prove that Northern economy depends on the seal hunt as they claim, a representative of Inuit was sent to trade ban hearings. This was irrelevant since Inuit are not included in the ban, and clearly the WTO thought so, too. There are still some Inuit who perform substantive hunting, and the EU and Taiwan international markets remain open to them. View the WTO Read more

Kaley Cuoco Latest Celeb To Oppose The Seal Hunt

In what is becoming a familiar refrain, a celebrity took to Twitter to post her thoughts on the Canadian seal hunt, and the "disgusting" practices carried out every year. Kaley Cuoco (who recently added her husband's last name, Sweeting, to her Twitter profile), star of "The Big Bang Theory," began her missives on Twitter on April 15, with this tweet: “@FriendsForSeals: http://t.co/CmkJUJYXOa pic.twitter.com/CDDcgaCiGu #sealhunt video” this is SO disgusting and needs to stop NOW please!— Kaley Cuoco Sweeting (@KaleyCuoco) April 16, 2014 The California native has continued since then, noting her disgust when people have defended the Canadian seal hunt: I'm disgusted hearing the Canadian seal hunt is "humane". It's so "humane" I'm unable 2 post any pics it's so grotesque. My heart breaks— Kaley Cuoco Sweeting (@KaleyCuoco) April 16, 2014 The Humane Society has clarified its position on the seal hunt, making Read more

"Why do some people say seal pups aren't killed?"

When harp seal pups are born, they are known as "white coats". This is the fur popular for non-essential fur items only. When they are about 12 days old, they begin to molt the fuzzy baby fur they were born with. At the thought of defenseless seal pups being killed, public outcry was enormous. But Canada government, still wants that beuatiful white fur, which is gone forever when at approximately 3 months old it's replaced by light gray with dark spots. What to do? Thinking they would appease the world, they decided that "technically" when the fuzz begins to shed (and the pups still have white fur) now being "ragged jackets", they aren't pups anymore. Counting on the public to just believe what they're told, Canada's government continues to declare that seal "pups", "babies", and "white coats" aren't skinned. In reality, and Read more

Gail Shea says animal rights activists stopped seal meat sale to China

HALIFAX – Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea says a trade agreement to sell seal meat in China has been largely thwarted by animal rights activists. Shea announced the deal in January 2011 in Beijing, saying that gaining access to the world’s most populous country would breathe new life into an industry crippled that year by a new European ban on seal products. But the Chinese government later said it had called for a review of the deal, which has remained stalled ever since. Shea is now blaming the animal rights movement for pressuring the Chinese government to back away from the deal over concerns the Canadian seal hunt is inhumane. She says those opposed to the sealing industry have succeeded in spreading misinformation about the slaughter of seal pups, a practice that was banned in the 1980s. The annual East Coast hunt started Monday Read more

This year's seal slaughter begins. This article is loaded with the typical propaganda and misinformation.

Canada’s annual seal hunt began last week, much to the dismay of, among others, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Chefs for Seals — the organization’s anti-sealing campaign — has, for eight years, promoted a boycott against all Canadian fish and seafood products as a means of pressuring Ottawa to impose a ban on commercial sealing. The campaign’s Facebook page states that, “More than 6,000 restaurants and grocery stores (in addition to 800,000 individuals) have joined the Protect Seals boycott of Canadian seafood. They are making it clear that the Canadian annual commercial seal hunt is an unacceptable business practice undertaken by Canada’s fishing industry. Why, though, is commercial sealing an unacceptable business practice? Seals aren’t endangered. Indeed, the threat status for harp seals — determined by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature — is “least concern” and Read more

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Harb bill update – May 2, 2012

Conservative and Liberal parties of Canada support the seal hunt, rather the taxpayer supports it. Both party’s stance seems an effort of keeping the crucial votes from coastal communities. In the past, this has caused Members of Parliament who are against the seal hunt, or would just like to discuss ending it, to keep their silence.

Senator Mac Harb (L), who had already presented his bill in 2010, but was greeted with only the sound of crickets, wasn’t able to get a second motion, which didn’t allow for debate of finally ending the commercial seal slaughter.

Today, Senator Larry Campbell (L) seconded the motion, and was voted unanimously by all parties. This will bring the bill to debate at the second reading.

The Harb bill gives ample proof that the seal hunt, which is performed by full-time fishermen, has lost its customers.

Taxpayer funds have been used to stockpile seals, in the hopes someone would buy them, but as each year passes, more and more countries are not only banning the products, but urging the Canadian government to stop the cruel practice.

Senator Harb’s bill calls for a transition for the fishermen, who make approximately 1% of their income by killing seals.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has been urging a license buyout, and in a Green Party announcement today said, “The sealing industry had been dying for years. It’s time to stop providing life support to this disappearing industry by ending the massive government subsidies.”

The call for the commercial seal hunt is separate from the hunting performed by aboriginal peoples, which this does not affect.

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Boycotts and closed borders have radically cut international demand for seal products.

The seal hunt is underway in the northern area of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, although fishermen with larger vessels says markets are too small to justify the expense of even heading out.

So far, the vessels heading out from Newfoundland’s west coast are smaller members of the local fleet.
Vernon Lavers on the seal hunt: ‘It’s in your blood.’ (CBC )
“For us to be at it, we got to have better markets than what it is,” said Dwight Spence, a veteran Port au Choix fisherman who operates a 65-foot vessel. Spence said he would need to be able to take in at least 2,000 pelts to make a profit.

By contrast, Vernon Lavers, who has headed out to the Gulf for a week aboard his 35-footer with a crew of three, said he needs to take in just 500 seals to make the trip worthwhile.

“It’s like anything — it’s a gamble, I suppose,” Lavers said.

“You got to take a chance on it, and hopefully it works out for the best.”

Boycotts and closed borders have radically cut international demand for seal products.

Lavers said the seal hunt remains a vocation, though, and a way to earn cash while gearing up for primary fisheries.

“It’s in your blood,” he told CBC News. “It’s a chance for a little bit of income for us while we’re waiting for other fisheries to start.”

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Seal hunt opens in northern Gulf of St. Lawrence

The seal hunt in the northern Gulf of St. Lawrence officially opened Tuesday morning.

The harvest further north and off the northeast coast of Newfoundland in the area known as ‘the front’ begins Thursday.

The provincial government is lending up to $3.6 million to a company buy seals from fishermen to ensure there is a hunt this season. The money will allow Carino Processing Limited to purchase seal pelts and blubber or fat.

Members of animal-rights groups say they be on the ice with a camera crew to videotape during the hunt.

“We’ll be there … based on the past, yes, we expect to see examples of inhumane killing,” said Sheryl Fink of the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

She said the IFAW expects a significant portion of the allowable catch, set at 400,000 animals, to be taken this year. Despite that she said the IFAW believe the end of the seal hunt is just a matter of time.

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Government provides $3.6 million loan to sealing industry

The provincial government announced today a $3.6-million loan to the sealing industry.

Fisheries Minister Darin King, flanked by representatives of the sealing industry, made the announcement in St. John’s and said the money is to be used to buy raw seal material.

King framed the announcement as a short-term measure to get the sealing industry through a tight few years.

“Through today’s announcement, our government is providing financial support for the seal processing industry in order to protect the future viability of the province’s seal hunt,” King said. “Securing new market access is extremely important if all stakeholders are to collectively revitalize the sealing industry. Today’s commitment by the Provincial Government of $3.6 million will ensure adequate raw material is available to Carino to address market demands as they arise, and will ensure hundreds of harvesters secure an income this year.”

This initiative will see an inventory loan provided to Carino to a maximum of $3.6 million for the purchase of seal pelts and blubber or fat. The company will show its commitment to the future of the industry by making a matching contribution for processing/marketing activities.

“Seal products harvested in Newfoundland and Labrador and other parts of Atlantic Canada provide significant economic benefit to the region, as well as other parts of the world,” said Dion Dakins, Chief Executive Officer of Carino. “Uncertainty around market access and political risk has made it increasingly difficult for companies trading in seal products to secure financing from traditional sources. Therefore, the support of the Provincial Government is essential to secure our future in Newfoundland and Labrador. This industry can continue to make a significant contribution to the economy once the external political issues are resolved over the next year or so. We are confident this will occur.”

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Green Party 99% Anti-Seal Hunt

Elected official of Green Party called FriendsForSeals.org “douche bags” see original tweet below.

Please note that the name-calling is not an issue with FriendsForSeals.org.

We aren’t looking for an insincere apology.

Mr. Miller has made it clear that he DID NOT call ALL animal activists this foul name, but us only.

He tweets repeatedly accusing us of libel.

He so far has not responded to us with our many requests, asking him to what he is referring.

He has contacted us many times, but refuses to answer why he tells his followers that we lie.

Mr. Miller is in St. John’s Newfoundland and is pro-seal hunt.

The Green Party Canada as a body has a firm stance of being against the commercial seal hunt.

From this exchange with us that Mr. Miller created, came what has turned out to be a startling revelation to many.

Elizabeth May, Green Party leader, has confirmed that not all elected members are, nor have to be against the seal hunt, so long as they support most of the party’s beliefs.

Since the Green party allows official to be pro-seal hunt, we do not support the petition against Mr. Miller.

The stance of the Green Party is anti-seal hunt. If you believe that all officials should be against the seal hunt, think about it before you vote, or take your issue up where it belongs, requesting the Green party to change their policy about members.

 Elizabeth May, Green Party    Elizabeth May, Green Party

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Robert Miller Green Party Representative calls animal activists “douche bags.”

The name-calling wouldn’t be important if it weren’t for the fact that Robert Miller is part of the Green Party, whose basic tenets are touted to be against Canada’s seal slaughter.

Our original tweet, not directed to anyone, containing only that which has been proven.


Liliana Danel
Montreal Animal Advocacy Examiner
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CANADA SEAL HUNT | FEBRUARY 11, 2012

Robert Miller, part of the Green Party Federal Council representing Newfoundland and Labrador, took twitter to insult animal activists by calling them “douche bags.” After the organization Friends For Seals tweeted “Seal hunt brings: Lost trade deals, taxpayer subsidies, lost safety council seat, poor world reputation, lost tourism, animal suffering#cdnpoli” Mr. Miller responds the following “No, you douche bags did that with a fantastic smear campaign.”

It seems that Mr. Miller did not read the commercial seal hunt stand of the Green Party. The Green Party does not support the current industrial, commercial seal hunt in Canada. It is more than obvious that in order to win seats in parliament all parties in Newfoundland and Labrador all support the seal hunt in order to take the seats. But the outburst of Mr. Miller is beyond disrespectful not just to animal activists but to the party itself.

As you all know, I am an animal activist and just last year I was at the protest of the seal hunt that took place in Montreal. Deputy Leader of the Green Party Georges Laraque, stood with us to protest the massacre of the seals. It has not been the first time that he has been part of demonstrations and protests, animal activists in Montreal are happy to see his friendly face each time he has an opportunity to give his voice to defend the seals or any other animal. Are we to conclude that Robert Miller has just insulted the Deputy Leader of the Green Party by calling him a “douche bag?”

Denise Perrin, founder of the organization Friends for Seals, is a tireless advocate with a great passion for her noble work. She does not deserve that kind of disrespect from Robert Miller. His comment not just attacks her but one of the main principles of the Green Party. He claims the following on the Green Party’s website “Newfoundland and Labrador has passionate individuals dedicated to Green values and Green policies that are directly associated with the Party, but most simply share the same compass” Therefore, I would suggest to Mr. Miller to excuse himself to Mrs. Perrin as well to all animal advocates that call upon the end of the seal hunt. If his heart is to stand for the seal hunt and promoting the Canadian Shame…then I suggest he should change parties.

Brad Anthony, founder of the Global Animal Welfare Development Society (GAWDS), started a petition calling for the Green Party of Canada to fire Robert Miller. To sign the petition please click here

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Processors may be funded to stockpile seal products

Newfoundland and Labrador fisheries minister says loan guarantees a possibility

Newfoundland and Labrador may fund processors to stockpile seal products this year.

“The discussion we’ve had with the industry right now is around whether we are able to provide some short-term financial assistance so the hunt can continue and we can stock the products from this year’s hunt in hopes that the market will open up in the long term,” said Fisheries Minister Darin King.

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Furlong | Death on the ice: Time to pull the plug on the seal hunt?

There’s no question in my mind that the commercial seal hunt is probably on the way out. So does anyone care?

The value of the Newfoundland and Labrador seal hunt all last year was less than $1.5 million. One million dollars directly, with another $400,000 in food, fuel, ammunition and other related spinoffs.

That might sound like a lot of money, but a busy department store in Corner Brook or a popular gas bar on the Trans-Canada Highway would do that in a month. In fact, the Costco box store in St. John’s took in $1 million in just one weekend before Christmas!

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Seals blamed for lack of cod recovery

A huge seal population is preventing cod stocks from rebounding off Nova Scotia, two former directors of science at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography say.

The work of Bob O’Boyle and Mike Sinclair backs what fishermen have argued for years.

“We conclude that indeed the seals are responsible for the lack of recovery of the cod,” Sinclair told CBC News.

Sinclair retired as director of science at BIO in Dartmouth, N.S. He took over the job when O’Boyle left.

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Min Fisheries/Oceans,Canada, Keith Ashfield still trying to make people believe seal meat to China is going to happen

Qingdao, China – Yesterday, the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, began a trade and cooperation mission in Qingdao and Beijing, China.

“China is the top consumer and producer of fish and seafood products in the world. Its importance as an export market for Canada is growing rapidly,” said Minister Ashfield. “While meeting with Chinese companies and officials, I am highlighting Canada’s ability to produce a variety of high-quality, safe and nutritious fish, seal, and seafood products and build on existing trade relationships.”

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