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‘Environment’ category

The Fur Institute of Canada supports the Universal Declaration of the Ethical Harvest of Seals

1 April 2021 at 10h01

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OTTAWA, April 1st, 2010 – “The support of the Universal Declaration of the Ethical Harvest of Seals by the Fur Institute of Canada demonstrates the extent of popular support for this industry and its commitment to ethics and conservation”, said Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette who lead the project.

 

The Fur Institute of Canada, a national non-profit organization based in Ottawa, was established in 1983 on the initiative of the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Wildlife Ministers. Its overall mission is to promote the sustainable and wise use of Canada’s fur resources. The Fur Institute’s Sealing Committee acts as a network for seal-related issues and works with stakeholders to provide balanced stories on Conservation, Marine Management, Animal Welfare, Socio-Economics and Human Health.

 

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, members of the Fur Institute of Canada and our Seals and Sealing Network, I am pleased to offer this letter of support for The Universal Declaration on the Ethical Harvest of Seals” wrote Robert B. Cahil, the Executive Director of the Fur Institute of Canada. “Like Canada’s 60,000 trappers who have embraced international trapping standards, sealers support and promote a conservation and welfare ethic in earning their livelihood from the sea. […] Initiatives like “We Care” will help to give a voice to a growing movement to further promote these values,” he added.

 

The Declaration has also received the support of the governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Québec along with the Fur Council of Canada and the international organization for animal conservation IWMC World Conservation Trust based in Switzerland.

Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette urges all governments and concerned organizations to promote and study the application of the Universal Declaration on the Ethical Harvest of Seals written by a panel of experts (www.sealsonline.org).

Animal rights groups are the real slaughterers

5 March 2021 at 15h44

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Response to the article by Bob Hepburn in “The Star”

Understanding why the market for seal related products has imploded is very simple. Groups such as PETA, HSUS, IFAW or Sea Shepherd claim to be defending animal rights and use seals to generate insane amounts of donations. This money serves to destabilize the sealing industry. By obtaining the closure of the European market, they themselves are causing the problem.

Mr. Hepburn believes that rural Canadians live the Toronto lifestyle; they wake up, get some coffee at Starbucks, work in a skyscraper, come home and put a frozen meal in the microwave for dinner. But they can’t just put on a suit and a tie and become a banker, they do a job that has been perfected over hundreds of years and no one can deny them the right to earn a living through the sustainable harvesting of animal resources like seals.

The role of the senate is to protect the interests of minorities and regions. Mr. Hepburn’s argument that seal hunting represents only 0.05% of Newfoundland’s economy is irrelevant. 15 000 people earn a living from seal hunting and this activity represents up to 35% of their family income.

Animal rights groups are the real slaughterers, they single handedly sabotaged an entire industry.

In 2009, I presided a group of scientists to draft a Universal Declaration on the Ethical Harvest of Seals. Supported by the Governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Québec it balances animal welfare while protecting the wellbeing of communities.

 Why would we be embarrassed by hard working Canadians who follow the law and take extraordinary measures to follow stringent standards set by veterinarians who actively promote animal welfare?

Next week when my colleagues and I will eat seal meat in the parliamentary restaurant we will not be doing this as a “gimmick” like Mr. Hepburn says; but as a testament to the solidarity of parliamentarians who support Canadians who fully contribute to the prosperity and diversity of this country.

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OTHER RESPONSE

Dear Editor,

Following the arguments of Bob Hepburn against the seal hunt (Opinion, 03/04), one would figure that he should be supporting efforts to promote seal products.  If seal hunting “makes little economic sense”, then why should we shun Senator Payette’s attempt to remedy the matter?

Many activists against sealing have an odd way of creating the problems they in turn complain about.  It is absolutely despicable the way these anti-animal-use groups are telling sealers and their families that their livelihoods just aren’t worth “enough” to allow them to continue - this after a forty year history of unfounded public degradation at the hands of the same groups.

I wonder how many other industries make up “only” 0.05 percent of their provincial economies, or amount to less than $15 million dollars in yearly revenue.  Canada’s bison meat exports last year were about $11 million - should we scrap that industry?  

Sure, their meat is tasty, but it doesn’t stand up to some of the seal I’ve eaten.

Sincerely,

David Barry
Seals and Sealing Network

The Fur Council of Canada supports the Universal Declaration of the Ethical Harvest of Seals

21 January 2021 at 10h42

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I have the pleasure of announcing that the Canadian Fur Council officially supports the Universal Declaration on the Ethical Harvest of Seals. This event is significant because there is a growing number of organizations, governments and people who realize that the Universal Declaration on the Ethical Harvesting of Seals, as an appropriate measure to ensure that the use of Seals by Canadians for personal or commercial uses, is both ethical and sustainable. This announcement is of great importance because the Canadian Fur Council is an organization that regroups many individuals from artisans to hunters.

The Canadian Fur Council has long been an ally to the cause of defending the right of aboriginal and coastal communities in Canada to harvest seals. I must also give praise for their help in organizing demonstrations as well as aiding in forming a coalition of persons who share the belief that the Seal hunt is morally right and that measures have been taken by governments and organizations to ensure that this activity is carried out with the best knowledge of vetenarian science, aboriginal knowledge, ethical principles and environmental conservation.

Through their website www.furisgreen.com they have helped articulate the truth about the fur industry in Canada and how important conservation and animal welfare are important for the industry. I therefore urge individuals to check their website as well as for people to sign the petition regarding the Universal Declaration on the Ethical Harvesting of Seals at www.sealsonline.org.

 

Press Release

The Senate of Canada recognizes the right of coastal communities to earn a living from the use of animal resources

16 December 2021 at 10h30

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OTTAWA, December 16th, 2009 - Honourable senators, I am caught up in the enthusiasm for uniting everyone and giving the gift of hope to our citizens on the east or Atlantic coast, whether on the Magdalen Islands or Newfoundland, and to our friends in Nunavut and all those involved in the seal hunt.”, said Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette in response to the Senate’s unanimous adoption of her motion on the Protection of Animals and Ecosystems.

 

“I would also like to thank Daniel Shewchuk, Nunavut Minister of the Environment, Quebec Minister Claude Béchard and Mr. Tom Henderson, former fisheries minister with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, who all supported me in preparing this motion,” continued  Senator Hervieux-Payette.

 

The adoption of this motion by the Senate of Canada sends a clear message to vegetarian groups who manipulate public opinion to finance their ideology. The Senate renews its commitment to preserving the balance of the ecosystem, promoting animal welfare and protecting human communities. Humans have a right to utilize natural resources such as animals when done in an ethical and sustainable manner. “We are talking about people who deny that in the order of things human beings are authorized to use what the land provides, which in this case is essential revenue for our people living in the North and also on the coast,” added the Senator.

 

The Senator emphasized the importance of the ethical harvest of animals by clarifying the definition of the term “ethical”: “this provision was included in response to professional standards developed by the veterinarians, anthropologists and other experts who have worked with me toward the goal of having all countries ratify the Universal Declaration on the Ethical Harvest of Seals,” emphasized Senator Hervieux-Payette.

 

The Senator lead a panel of experts to create a Universal Declaration on the Ethical Harvest of Seals (www.sealsonline.org) which has been officially supported by the governments of Newfoundland and Labrador, Québec and the IWMC World Conservation Trust.

 

Motion Protection of Animals and Ecosystems

Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette seeks $ 15.4 million per year in funding to ensure a minimum income for sealers

10 December 2021 at 10h49

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OTTAWA, December 10th, 2009 - “We must not add contempt to cynicism,” said Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette to summarize her demand to the Conservative government to intervene on behalf of sealers, who face a cynical and unfair European boycott of seal products.


In a study published in April 2009, Professor of Economics John Livernois estimated the revenues of sealers to be 15.4 million for 2005 hunting season. 2005 was a good year but was not exceptional and was the last year before vegetarian groups led their final offensive in Europe. “I believe that as long as we have to fight against this unjust boycott, the income sealers received in 2005 from the hunt should be insured by the Government of Canada,” said Senator Hervieux-Payette who thinks that aid in developing new markets for seal products would decrease funding.


The Senator is also concerned about the Inuit, “the price of sealskins in Nunavut has dropped dramatically in the last year from $ 70 to $ 25 which proves that the exemption of Inuit consumption products from the European boycott
is an additional aberration.”

 

Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette urges all governments to promote and study the application of the Universal Declaration on the Ethical Harvest of Seals (www.sealsonline.com) written by a panel of experts and scientists from Canada and the United States. To this day, the government of Québec, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the international organization for animal conservation IWMC World Conservation Trust based in Switzerland have officially supported the Declaration.

 

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