- We understand that you are considering using Canadian Seal Fur to design some clothing items
-Canadian Government appreciates your collaboration with the Canadian Seal Industry
-Two weeks ago the Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans came to China to attend the Beijing Fur Show in support of the Canadian Seal Fur industry. This was her second year to China for the same purpose.
-In Canada, the seal hunt is a traditional industry, existing for hundreds of years, used by Aboriginals and Innuit.
-The seal hunt is an important source of food, culture and tradition in Canada.
-The Canadian government encourages the fullest possible use of seals which include leather for clothing, oil, handicrafts, and meat for human and animal consumption.
-Canadian seal hunt is done in a humane way. The Canadian Government strictly monitors seal hunting practices and enforces rigorous regulations to ensure that the highest standards of seal harvesting methods are met.
-The images of hunting of baby seals circulating around are inaccurate and misleating. The commercial hunt of whitecoats (baby seals) is banned in Canada.
-Any non-compliance to government established rules is penalized.
-Canadian seal harvest is environmentally sustainable. A quota is set on sound conservation principles to provide a healthy balance between seal population and economic advantage for sealers.
- The Canadian Government's position is that the European Union's ban on seal products from Canada is illegal, not based on facts and not justified by science. For that reason, we have taken legal action against the EU at the World Trade Organization. This legal challenging is ongoing.
-The Canadian Government fully supports the legal, humane and environmentally sustainable harvesting of seals.
For further information, please see a fact sheet in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans' website: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/seal-phoque/SealMyths-MythesPhoques-chi.pdf