19 Dec '11, 1pm

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

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

The concept of supply and demand is simple enough to understand, but when the product in demand is seal skin, providing the commodity is less easy to comprehend. Despite successes by pressure groups around the world, the trade in seal-based products continues to this day. Bans on seal product imports in the USA and EU in the 70's and 80's reduced the market considerably, but countries such as the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and Belarus have continued to allow trade in Canadian seal skins and Canada has continued to meet the demand. Up to 90% of these skins ended up in Russia, even though Russia no longer hunts seals on a commercial basis domestically.

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/conservation/witness-canadian-s...

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