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Seals: Canada

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he last discussed the seal hunt in Canada with the Canadian Government. (322677)

The Secretary of State has not held recent discussions with the Canadian Government on the seal hunt in Canada.

The Government’s opposition to the annual Canadian seal hunt is well known and remains unchanged. We have lobbied since 2006 to promote EU-wide action and on 23 July 2008, the European Commission proposed an EU-wide ban on trade in seal products from a range of species where it cannot be proved that the seals were killed humanely.