Canada's Seal Hunt Begins - With An Inuit Lawsuit Against EU Restrictions

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Canadian Inuit have filed a lawsuit in the European General Court to overturn EU legislation banning the import of seal products into EU countries. The lawsuit seeks annulment of Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009 of the European Parliament and Council of September 16, 2009 on trade in seal products. The lawsuit comes as the annual seal hunt in the Canadian arctic is beginning, with the Canadian government authorizing hunters (including Inuit) to take up to 330,000 seals.

In adopting its seal products trade legislation, the EU held out the possibility of a partial exemption for seals hunted by Inuit. While the prospect of this exemption may have persuaded many EU Parliamentarians to vote for the ban, legislation was developed without the involvement of Canadian Inuit, and the EU continues to develop implementation measures affecting Canadian Inuit without the fair and informed participation, let alone consent, of Inuit.

The events surrounding the EU seal products trade ban have contributed to a sharp drop in seal pelt prices in markets relied upon by Inuit and in turn a reduction in the ability of Inuit to provide for their families in the challenging economic climate of their homelands. The Government of Canada is currently challenging the EU seal products trade ban under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, said

"Inuit have been hunting seals and sustaining themselves for food, clothing, and trade for many generations. No objective and fair minded person can conclude that seals are under genuine conservation threat or that Inuit hunting activities are less humane than those practiced by hunting communities all over the world, including hunters in Europe. It is bitterly ironic that the EU, which seems entirely at home with promoting massive levels of agri-business and the raising and slaughtering of animals in highly industrialized conditions, seeks to preach some kind of selective elevated morality to Inuit. At best this is cultural bias, although it could be described in even harsher terms.

 

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NATIVE ADVOCATE - April 12, 2010 6:29 PM

CANADIAN SEAL HUNT ADVOCATES ARE POISONING & HURTING NATIVE PEOPLES!

Any person cheering the seal hunt, is against Native People.

Any person working to STOP the steal hunt is the friend and protector of Native People.

SEAL MEAT IS CONTAMINATED WITH METHYL MERCURIC POISON!

Any person, and that includes white sealers, newfoundland sealers, Canadian politicians such as Celine Hervieux-Payette cheering the seal hunt, and even any Inuit betrayor such as Mary Simon, who cheers the continuation of the ingestion of seal meat is causing DAMAGE to poor native aboriginal Inuit, Inuit families, and hurting Inuit children!

non-Native Canadians, including Newfoundland sealers, have contaminated the arctic. As an example, the DFO just approved the dumping of over 400,000 tonnes of heavy metal mine waste into bodies of water all over Newfoundland and Canada. Who APPROVED THIS TOXIC POISON DUMPING?? ANSWER: The DFO. The Department of Fisheries, which operates and RUNS the seal hunt! That is who gave mining corporation Inco permission to dump toxic waste into Canadian bodies of water.

Where does the toxic heavy metal poisoning go? It goes into the sea, where it is absorbed by minnows, which are then eaten by larger fish and multiply the dose, which are then eaten by Seals and now you have the bodies of Seals so polluted with toxic poison built up in their systems from ingesting thousands of fish already dosed with mercury, that the Seal meat in the seal's body is a mouth full of Brain poison! Who did it? White sealers, and the agency that RUNS the seal hunt. Any person cheering the seal hunt is hurting Native peoples!

"Research has shown human exposure to PCBs & methyl mercury in the Inuit are among the most heavily exposed people in the world." (NatlHlthInst)

NEWS: "Seal Meat Toxic"

"Norwegian Polar Arctic studies have found that nearly all Inuit tested in Greenland & Canada who ate seal meat & also whale have levels of PCBs and mercury above the Human limit."

"The bodies of Arctic people, particularly Greenland's Inuit, contain the highest human concentrations of contaminants found anywhere on Earth - levels so extreme that the breast milk & tissues of some Greenlanders could be classified as hazardous waste."

They now exhibit brain damage.

That is correct. Seal meat is now TOXIC! The Inuit diet is now not healthy, in fact, the diet of seal and/or whale meat has resulted in the Inuit in the Arctic being THE MOST HIGHLY CONTAMINATED HUMAN POPULATION ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH!

DO NOT eat Seal meat! It is now contaminated with Methyl Mercuric toxin, Polychlorinated Biphenyls, and Brominated Flame Retardants.

Any individual ingesting seal meat containing Mercury can have stunted brain growth. This applies to YOU, Your family, and your children. Your children can be born deformed, with birth defects.

Methyl Mercury in Seal Meat is a potent Neurotoxin. It eats away at the brain's cognitive capacity. Ingesting seal meat touted and cheered by pro-sealers results in a child being born with learning disabilities, with Low IQ, and organ damage.

Therefore ANY PERSON supporting or cheering the seal hunt, is hurting and damagin Inuit people, Inuit families, and hurting Native children!

The Canadian Govt gives MILLIONS of dollars to support these sealers! Giving them 24 million dollars worth of services from the Coast Guard coddling sealers with Ice-breakers to clear a little path just so they can club seals. Do YOU get a military coast guard escort for you needs or your business or your livelihood? No? Didn't think so! The Canadian politicians Gail Shea, and Larry Campbell and Celine Hervieux-Payette and Mary Simon cheer the giving of 750-thousand dollars to a white commercial seal pelt processing plant so they could 'fix it up'. Did they give 3 quarters of a million dollars to YOU? Or for a school for your children?? NO!

Pro Sealers spend money to fly DFO delegates for lavish Paris vacations, and fly them to China, at 10,000.00 for plane tickets, and meals, and lavish hotels... Do you get to fly to exotic continents? No.

The white commercial seal hunters get Unemployment Insurance government checks paid to them every 2 weeks! Do you get a check from these pro-sealers?? No.

The commercial sealers are coddled, and given millions and millions of dollars.

Keep in mind, the ENTIRE SUM TOTAL of the whole entire Native subsistance seal hunt is barely 500K! IF THE SEAL HUNT WAS HALTED, $20 to $50 MILLION dollars that are wasted on that fiasco COULD BE GIVEN TO INUIT PEOPLE!

Stop pouring money into the white seal hunt and supporting it! Cut it off! Stop it! And then ALL that money, by the Millions, could flow to all Inuit people.

Millions of dollars, to provide FOOD. Good Food! Provisions! Supplies! Millions of dollars for the Inuit for medicine, if the seal hunt is stopped. Millions of dollars could go to books, and school supplies for Inuit children if the seal hunt is stopped and not eating up that money. If the seal hunt is shut down, then all that money wasted on it could buy food, pay for planes, produce trucks, food, build schools, provide hospitals, enrich Inuit culture, and STOP these people from pushing good Inuit people and children from eating poisoned contaminated seal meat which is destroying the Native People!

The amount of money wasted on the hunt is huge! And it could pay for thousands of trucks full of goods, for stocking food stores, supermarkets, shipping in supplies, all the fresh good food any Inuit would enjoy, there's millions of dollars that could just be GIVEN to help ALL Inuit of the world and foster great culture, and crafts and tradition! Simply by stopping the ingestion of seal meat which is now shown to be poisoning good native people!

NEWS: Ancestral Diet Gone Toxic
"Nearly all Inuit tested in Greenland and more than half in Canada have levels of PCBs and mercury exceeding international health guidelines."

"Studies of infants in Greenland and Arctic Canada who have been exposed in the womb and through breast milk suggest that the chemicals are harming children. Babies suffer greater rates of infections because their immune systems seem to be impaired, and their brain development is altered, slightly reducing their intelligence and memory skills."

"Virtually every day, they eat SEAL MEAT and muktuk. With every bite, traces of mercury, PCBs and other chemicals amass in their bodies, to be passed on to their children."

SEAL MEAT IS NOW NO LONGER FIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION!

It is now toxic poison! Seal meat will damage the brain tissue of your family and children! The Arctic AMAP study has already proven this and has measured the actual effects showing up in Inuit people and children! If you cheer for the seal hunt, which fosters the continued ingestion of this seal meat, YOU are contributing to the further poisoning of Inuit people, and children!

Therefore, ANY person cheering to continue the seal hunt is hurting Native People. Any person suing the EU to continue seal hunting is damaging their own children. Any person fighting to continue feeding their own people seal meat is damaging their own children with poison.

In addition, the EU did NOT even ban any of the native Inuit non-commercial seal trade. So the EU didn't ban any subsistence or cultural sealing for Native People whatsoever. So there is Nothing to sue over. Inuit are not banned! This is a fake ploy by a person named Mary Simon who is an Inuit betrayor! Who wants good inuit people to be poisoned, and used to promote the white-man's hunt!

Any person AGAINST the seal hunt, is proudly standing up for Native People! Any person working to STOP the seal hunt is the good friend and ally of the Inuit. Any activist, anti-sealer, or protester stopping the hunt is helping all Inuit Native Aboriginal People, saving good inuit children from their bodies and brains being damaged by toxic Mercury. And anti-sealers, good EU people against the seal hunt, and all good Inuit people against the hunt will help ALL good Inuit people by having all the millions of dollars now currently given to and wasted on coddling and bailing out these horrible commercial newfoundland skin pelt non-subsistence sealers. Activists and Environmentalists and all good Inuit people by shutting down the seal hunt will result in MILLIONS and millions of dollars being available to provide healthy good food, plane deliveries to any remote areas, supplies, goods, provisions, books, schools, medicine, and more, to the Inuit people, who deserve it, instead of poured down the drain on this horrible black eye known as the seal hunt.

SEAL MEAT IS POISON! NO GOOD PERSON WOULD BE CHEERING FOR GOOD NATIVE PEOPLE OR THEIR CHILDREN TO INGEST IT.

ac - August 29, 2010 7:09 PM



Please forward until everyone knows about this and it stops !!


This is me.... a Baby Seal..

Norway and Canada have a new kind of tourism. Killing baby seals!!!! They call it 'hunting' and it's a sport

You want to call this sport ??

Is he a sportsman???


Why?

You're our only hope !!!

Please let it stop. This barbarism shouldn't be possible in our society

Don't turn your back on us, we are so defenseless, we have no guns, please help us..!!!

I know these images seem painful for you, but we feel the pain...!! We are being slaughtered by ruthless people and it's going on RIGHT NOW...!!!

What gives him the right to kill us. Who is he to decide about life and death

What kind of sport is this..?? I didn't harm anyone..!! I was just swimming around doing nothing, now I'm dead...!!

Please help me and my friends...!! !


You can't just ignore these images..?? Keep silent and doing nothing makes you guilty...!!

Please help us...!!

Please don't leave us alone...!!


STOP THE KILLING OF SEALS

You can make a statement by
forwarding this mail
to as many people as you can.
Bring these murderers to the attention
of world leaders.
Thank you... !!!!!

THIS IS THEIR HOME TOO.


KINDLY FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO EVERY ONE U KNOW



Regards,

Ashley - November 6, 2011 3:23 PM

Why do people insist on backing and promoting things they know nothing about? Why is a seal hunt any worse than the killing of lambs in Scotland or New Zealand? Answer, it's not. It's done in a sustainable, humane manner, gone are the days of clubbing seals to death, with the evolution of technology, methods have also changed, as they have in meat and slaughterhouse's as well. Why can a pig be killed by having it's throat slit while still alive to bleed out and this is considered ok, while the hunting of seals for economic and traditional reasons so abhored? People need to put their hypocritical notions behind them and look at this from a rational perspective. Seals aren't legally able to be harvested until they are old enough to be living on their own, seperate from their mothers, and only after the moulting of their first coat. There will obviously be those hunting illegally who don't adhere to the guidlines, but this should not affect those who do hunt legally, and for the Inuit people, when this is considered to be one of their main modes of economic growth.

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