Pamela Anderson to WTO: Save Seals, Uphold EU Seal-Fur Import Ban

Posted by on February 15, 2013 | Permalink

Actor and animal rights campaigner Pamela Anderson just made a heartfelt appeal, urging the World Trade Organization (WTO) to uphold the EU’s ban on seal-fur imports.

As the baby-seal slaughter approaches, Pamela points out that there is no longer any market for seal fur, nor any justification for this cruel industry, in which sealers shoot and bash in the heads of helpless seals when they are just weeks old.

(C) Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

She writes:

As a proud Canadian, I’m saddened that Canada is trying to use the WTO to delay the inevitable demise of the cruel commercial seal trade by challenging the EU’s ban on seal-fur imports. In addition to the EU, the U.S., Mexico, and Taiwan as well as Russia—which had been importing 95 percent of Canadian seal pelts—have all banned seal fur and will not tolerate this annual slaughter. …

The commercial slaughter has nothing to do with native practices and involves no tribal communities. … [It] is merely an off-season cash grab for the massive fishing industry and accounts for less than 1 percent of Newfoundland’s economy. The EU’s seal ban is even-handed, targeting commercial cruelty not only in Canada but also anywhere else in the world that it occurs.

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I hope to hear that you will uphold the ban so that my beautiful Canada will finally leave this barbaric practice in the past.

Pamela’s compassion and commitment to helping animals is an inspiration to us all. Please join her and speak up for baby seals by supporting Canadian Sen Mac Harb’s bill to outlaw the annual seal massacre for good.