International Progress towards Ending Canada's Annual Seal Hunt October 17,
The international opposition to Canada's annual commercial seal hunt is
steadily spreading. In September 2006, the European Parliament passed a
historic resolution calling on the European Commission to introduce
legislation banning the trade in all harp and hooded seal products.
Currently, the European Commission is evaluating the humane aspects of the
seal hunting, the results of which could provide the foundation for a ban.
Closing markets are causing seal product prices to plummet. Seal skin prices
in 2007 fell by a whopping 50% from last year. In part because of the drop
in pelt value, hunters killed less than 80% of their allotted quota in 2007.
Countries that have prohibited the trade in seal products through
Countries that have suspended the trade in seal products through licensing
Countries whose parliaments have resolved to ban the trade in seal products:
Countries that have announced their intention to ban the trade in seal
Countries that have announced they will press for an EU ban of the trade of
Political bodies that have called on governments to ban the seal product
Council of Europe
Countries that have prohibited the commercial hunting of seals:
Note: In 2000, a bill to ban seal hunting in Russia was passed by the
Russian parliament by 273 votes to 1, but it was subsequently vetoed by
President Vladimir Putin.
Countries that have called on the Canadian government to end the commercial
Note: In 2007, the Council of Europe passed a resolution calling on nations
including Canada to "ban all cruel hunting methods" used in commercial seal
hunts and calling on its 46 member states to promote initiatives banning the
trade in seal products.