19 Dec '11, 8pm

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

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

In 2009, Russia banned the hunting of baby harp seals . Now the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation has taken things a step further with a complete ban on the trade of all products made from the skins of the threatened animals. The move follows a similar ban by the European Union in 2009 and is likely to have a major impact on the Canadian sealing industry, which sends 90% of its products to Russia. Joseph Hatton & M. Harvey /Public Domain Canada has so far resisted external and internal pressure to end the annual hunts for harp seals, which involve clubbing and sometimes shooting the animals to death, setting the quota for last spring's hunt at 468,200 . But a low turnout that season, the impact of the EU ban and reduced profit margins all point to the decline of the practice. Now that Russia, Belarus and Kazkhstan are no longer customers, next...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/endangered-species/russia-bans-...

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