I rise to present the petition of the International Fund for Animal Welfare and concerned members of the public regarding Canada’s commercial seal hunt. The petition is signed by Brenda King and more than 46,000 other UK citizens, and should be seen in the context of the further 144,000 postcards, text messages and letters presented to the Minister for Trade today, of another non-parliamentary petition by IFAW of 83,000 signatures, and of the more than 31,000 signatures on this matter presented last year by my hon. Friend the Member for Amber Valley (Judy Mallaber) on behalf of Respect for Animals.
The petition declares:
That the commercial seal hunt in Canada is unacceptably cruel and notes that all veterinary reports document this. The petitioners are concerned that over 1 million seals were killed in Canada alone between 2003 and 2005; and are further concerned that the UK provides a market for unnecessary seal products.
The petitioners therefore request the House of Commons to pass legislation to ban the trade in all harp and hooded seal products in the UK as a matter of urgency.
And the petitioners remain, etc.
To lie upon the Table.