Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

July 10, 2008 12:15 ET

Statement by Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans: Prime Minister Harper Again Stands Up for Canada's Seal Hunt

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 10, 2008) - The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today issued the following statement after the conclusion of the G8 summit in Toyako, Japan:

"Along with the other important issues addressed at the G8 summit, Prime Minister Harper discussed Canada's seal hunt in his bilateral meeting with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

"The Prime Minister reiterated that it is imperative for European Union member nations to consider their next steps carefully as they discuss any measure that would restrict or exclude the sale of seal products within their borders.

"Canada is committed to promoting humane, sustainable and regulated wild hunts. Public pressure within the European Union to curb the sale of seal products is based on misinformation from anti-sealing organizations and extremist groups.

"Our government has a proven track record of action on the issues that matter to Canada's coastal communities. Canada will not stand by and accept measures that fly in the face of accepted international practices for sustainability and trade and undermine trade of seal products harvested in accordance with international standards.

"The Prime Minister's leadership at the G8 meeting is another example of how this government continues to stand up for Canada's sealers."

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Joshua Zanin - Special Assistant, Communications
    Office of the Minister
    613-992-3474
    or
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Media Relations
    613-990-7537