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Hanson Backs Pressure to End Seal Hunt

Delyn MP David Hanson is backing the Government’s opposition to the annual Canadian seal hunt and attempts to secure an EU-wide ban on the commercial import of listed products of harp and hooded seals.


The importation of certain products of “whitecoat” pups of harp seals and “blueback” pups of hooded seals has been prohibited in the UK and throughout the EU for some twenty years.


The Government reviewed the options for tighter restrictions in response to concerns raised by members of the public, Non-Government Organisations, and members of Parliament about the Canadian seal hunt. It was deeply concerned about the reported cruelty during the Canadian seal hunt and shared the ethical abhorrence felt by many with the resulting trade in seal skins and their products.


The Government therefore decided to press for an extension of the EU ban on imports of listed products of whitecoat harp and blueback hooded seal pups, to cover all harp and hooded seals regardless of age.


David Hanson said:


“I welcome the continued pressure to secure an EU-wide ban and the UK Government’s calls for the Canadian Government to closely monitor the hunt to ensure that no seals suffer improper treatment or are killed inhumanely.


“Action on this issue can be taken most effectively at the EU level as a national ban could not prevent trade via other EU Member States.”