Sunday, March 12, 2006

Inuit Worried About Ban on Seal Hunts in Canada

CBC News

The president of Greenland's Inuit Circumpolar Conference is worried the sealing industry is reverting back to the 1980s when several European countries banned the import of baby seal pelts.

The ban was the result of pressure from animal rights activists who opposed the annual Newfoundland seal hunt.

Aqqaluk Lynge says people, like singer Paul McCartney, are misleading the public and will have a negative impact on the sealing market.

McCartney recently appeared on CNN's Larry King Live television show to voice his opposition to the Newfoundland seal hunt.

Lynge says some European countries, like Italy and the Netherlands, are now contemplating legislation restricting sealskin imports.

"There's parliamentary movement in Italy, and same in the Dutch Parliament, that are taking up the issue that they did 20 and 30 years ago," says Lynge.

"So, now they are talking again about bans of our products. It is alarming that what we thought that we fought successfully 20 years ago now are again hurting us."

Lynge says Inuit have to work together to combat the animal rights groups.

To see Inuit art of seals, see Inuit Carvings.

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