01 Jan '12, 1pm

Whales of the same species will keep the same song - for a season.

Whales of the same species will keep the same song - for a season.

Good news, Russia is banning the trade of harp seal products, spelling a possible end for Canada’s seal industry . Canada currently sends 90% of its seal products to Russia, so the ban should crush the industry. Of course, Canada is fighting a similar ban by the European Union at the World Trade Organization and has been trying to prop up the industry by helping cut deals with China to import more seal products. Some industries are meant to die, this is one of them; people’s beliefs and tastes change, that’s the way the market works. Canada can continue pouring resources into propping up a product that people don’t want anymore, or they can spend the same resources on developing new opportunities for their people. Meanwhile, negotiations within Canada continue over a narwhal tusk export ban . A year ago, taking the unusual step of protecting a species, the Canadian Departm...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/zsmith/this_week_in_wha...

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seashepherd.org 31 Dec '11, 8pm

Beware of the “Seal Shepherd” I, Captain Paul Watson, have been involved all my life in opposing the brutal slaughter of s...

Victory! Russia Bans Harp Seal Imports | Care2 Causes

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care2.com 20 Dec '11, 3am

This week information that Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, have banned the import of harp seal products has come out and i...

Will Russia's Ban on Harp Seal Skins End Canada's Annual Mass Clubbings?

Will Russia's Ban on Harp Seal Skins End Canada...

treehugger.com 19 Dec '11, 8pm

In 2009, Russia banned the hunting of baby harp seals . Now the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Russian Feder...

Seal pups 'sliced open alive': horror of Canadian hunt prompts Russian skins ban

Seal pups 'sliced open alive': horror of Canadi...

theecologist.org 23 Dec '11, 9am

Seal protection took a massive leap forward with the news that the Russian Federation, along with its customs partners Bel...

European stocks end higher in thin trade

European stocks end higher in thin trade

channelnewsasia.com 02 Jan '12, 5pm

PARIS: European stock markets close higher on Monday, given a boost by strong German economic data in thin holiday trade. ...

AMAZING news yesterday as this story broke -- #Russia bans Harp Seal Skin imports! #Canada

AMAZING news yesterday as this story broke -- #...

ecorazzi.com 19 Dec '11, 7pm

Fink says that IFAW has played a big role in this progress. “IFAW’s campaign efforts have a history of successes in Russia...

Oh no! - Harp seals at risk from thinning ice

Oh no! - Harp seals at risk from thinning ice

mnn.com 05 Jan '12, 2pm

Harp seal pups off the coast of eastern Canada are dying at alarming rates due to a loss of winter ice cover, according to...

We *will* witness the end of the Canadian seal trade :) #sealhunt

We *will* witness the end of the Canadian seal ...

earthtimes.org 19 Dec '11, 1pm

The concept of supply and demand is simple enough to understand, but when the product in demand is seal skin, providing th...