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Seal-friendly China

HUMANE Society International Canada praised China's National People's Congress for accepting two legislative proposals to ban Canadian seal product imports to China.

The NPC received several legislative proposals on animal protection at its annual session which closed this month. The two anti-seal product trade proposals were sponsored by dozens of NPC members.

Both legislative proposals called on the NPC to ban seal product imports and pointed out the brutality of seal slaughters.

"It is clear that China will not be a dumping ground for products of cruelty the rest of the world has rejected," said Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of HSI Canada. "This is one of many demonstrations of Chinese opposition to the seal product trade that have occurred in recent months. We hope that the NPC will take the next step of including the proposals in the legislative agenda."

Earlier this year, more than 40 Chinese organizations urged Canadian Fisheries Minister Gail Shea and sealing industry representatives to leave China during a visit to promote seal fur and other products to Chinese consumers. On March 13, a nationwide campaign against the seal product trade was officially launched in Beijing.

HSI Canada believe that the proposed resolutions before the NPC are another blow to the Harper government's false promises of a lucrative Chinese market for seal products.


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