Canadian Parliment Devours Lunch Made By Seal Meat To Protest EU Ban

Canadian Parliment Devours Lunch Made By Seal Meat To Protest EU Ban

Toronto : Canada | Mar 09, 2010 at 9:34 AM PST
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Miffed by a ban on Canadian seal imports by the EU, which charges cruelty in the annual hunt, the country's MPs have defiantly put seal meat on tomorrow's parliamentary lunch menu. By eating seal, a Liberal MP tells the Guardian, “all political parties will have the opportunity to demonstrate to the international community the solidarity of the Canadian parliament behind those who earn a living from the seal hunt.”

The EU ban covers the commercial hunt, which kills an estimated 275,000 seals a year, but exempts the traditional Inuit hunts. Canadian seal exports were worth $9.7 million last year, and the country is lobbying through official channels—as well as with their forks—to repeal the ban. It's not the first stunt pulled on behalf of seal exporters: Just last month, G7 leaders meeting in Iqaluit were offered seal meat by Inuit hunters, which an EU official called “quite a callous way to manipulate an indigenous community.”

RaulDeSouza is based in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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