National Inuit Leader Mary Simon Issued the Following Statement Regarding The Proposed EU Ban on Canadian Seal Products
March 5, 2009
“Inuit are extremely disapointed with the European Union Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee vote this week to amend the proposed legislation in support of a total ban with no derogation, severely limiting Inuit trade to a zero benefit. If this ban goes through as it is, then what will result is a market destroyed for all interests, including our highly sensitive economies in the Arctic communities.As demonstrated by the vote in the EU, it shows that they are siding with the animal rights and anti-sealing lobby along with their emotionally driven propaganda campaigns. There is nothing more disappointing, frustrating, and deplorable than witnessing a serious attack on our people based on unreasoned stances and moral and cultural prejudices.
With that said, I urge that Canada take strong, immediate, and uncompromising action at the WTO against the EU should such legislation be passed. I applaud Canada’s Fisheries Minister Gail Shea for her strongly stated position in support of our sealing economy this week.
Inuit will continue to engage in traditional sealing practices and seek to benefit from our sustainable use of our wild resources. We will continue to communicate our point of view on this issue in a very sharp and clear way, and ensure Canadians and Europeans are aware that the seal populations are in no way threatened, but rather it is the human populations that are very much threatened.”
Submitted by hendrie on Thursday, March 5, 2009