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Good News from the EU has come in.

Attempts to overturn the EU ban on Canadian Commercial Seal Products have been on going and the Canadian Government has spent millions in their pro-slaughter campaigns as well as we all know.

EU SealsThere is a huge difference between Inuit who hunt seals to provide food for their families and who DO NOT waste any part of the seals that are killed humanely and the Commercial Sealers who club seal pups and often skin them alive for the sole purpose of profit.

The debate has raged on for decades and despite the World Wide Protests  the Canadian Government has allowed this mass and horrific slaughter to continue despite the fact that the EU banned the importation of seal products obtained in this manner some time ago.

We have all seen the horrific pictures and videos published by major Animal Welfare Groups around the world.

Well, this time, there are no graphic and bloody pictures to include in this post.  Instead, please click on the Press Release to the left and read some good news for a change.

Anyone wishing a complete copy of the Judgement can contact me, and I will try to send via email to you.

Below is an Excerpt contained in the EU Judgment:


25 April 2013 (*)

(Trade in seal products – Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009 – Detailed rules for implementation – Regulation (EU) No 737/2010 – Prohibition on placing such products on the market – Exception in favour of Inuit communities – Plea of illegality – Legal basis – Subsidiarity – Proportionality – Misuse of powers )


 Facts, procedure and forms of order sought

1        On 16 September 2009, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union adopted Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009 on trade in seal products (OJ 2009 L 286, p. 36) (‘the basic regulation’), which, according to Article 1 thereof, has as its purpose the establishment of harmonised rules concerning the placing on the market of seal products.

2        Article 3(1) of the basic regulation provides:

‘The placing on the market of seal products shall be allowed only where the seal products result from hunts traditionally conducted by Inuit and other indigenous communities and contribute to their subsistence. These conditions shall apply at the time or point of import for imported products.’

3        Recital 14 in the preamble to the basic regulation states in that regard that the fundamental economic and social interests of Inuit communities engaged in the hunting of seals as a means to ensure their subsistence should not be adversely affected. According to that recital, the hunt is an integral part of the culture and identity of the members of the Inuit society, and as such is recognised by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Therefore, the placing on the market of seal products which result from hunts traditionally conducted by Inuit and other indigenous communities and which contribute to their subsistence should be allowed.

4        It follows from Article 3(4) and Article 5(3) of the basic regulation that measures for, inter alia, the implementation of the authorisation in favour of Inuit communities have to be adopted by the European Commission.

5        Article 8 of the basic regulation provides that, although that regulation is to enter into force on the 20th day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union, Article 3 is to apply from 20 August 2010.






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38      Similarly, recitals 4 and 5 in the preamble to the basic regulation state that ‘[t]he hunting of seals has led to expressions of serious concerns by members of the public and governments sensitive to animal welfare considerations’ because of the suffering caused to those animals when they were killed and skinned, and that it was. ‘[i]n response to concerns of citizens and consumers about … animal welfare … and the possible presence on the market of products obtained from animals killed and skinned in a way that causes … suffering, [that] several Member States [had] adopted or intend[ed] to adopt legislation regulating trade in seal products by prohibiting the import and production of such products, while no restrictions [were] placed on trade in these products in other Member States’.






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42      Moreover, it should be noted that the protection of animal welfare is a legitimate objective in the public interest, the importance of which was reflected, in particular, in the adoption by the Member States of the Protocol on the protection and welfare of animals, annexed to the EC Treaty (OJ 1997 C 340, p. 110). Moreover, the Court has held on a number of occasions that the interests of the Union include the health and protection of animals (judgment of 10 September 2009 in Case C‑100/08 Commission v Belgium, not published in the ECR, paragraph 91).

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A dear friend sent me this video…it says it all really.

Canada continues to import Dog/Cat fur products from China….this must end.  Enough blood is on the hands of Canada, between the horrific continued Seal Slaughter (Canada negotiating deal with China for seal products which resulted in Animal Welfare protests by some Chinese citizens);  Canada imports US mustangs into this country for slaughter in Canadian death houses;  dog breeder in Canada breeds beagles to send to research labs, Quebec puppy mills raided, 100’s of dogs rescued and put down;  kitten mills thrive, wild horses in Alberta being murdered;  retired race horses going to Quebec slaughter houses;  not to mention sport hunting;  not to mention Factory Farm animals being burned alive due to failure to ensure safety measures;  dogs/cats being abandoned, tortured, discarded like trash…..

Enough is enough!!  http://youtu.be/E2rjXbxi_gk

 ► 4:55► 4:55 www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2rjXbxi_gk18 Sep 2008 – 5 min – Uploaded by LadyHawkes
Am The Owner Of This Coat  Song was written and recorded by Maria Daines and Paul Killington from  

 Stop the Canadian Import of Dog and Cat Fur Products from Asia


CFAWR Challenges P.M. Harper and the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale: Do the RIGHT thing: End the Seal Hunt!!






Actions Speak Louder than Words


Remember, fur belongs to the animal wearing it, it looks far better on them than as a collar or cuff on some coat, glove or boot.  The new fake furs are beautiful, cheaper and take less care.

Photographs are life long trophies, reminders of having witnessed the animal in the wild, the majesty of their freedom…..a head stuck on the wall does not.

Stroking ones ego at the cost of a life is unforgivable.

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Just In and Re-Posted with Permission

Excellent News for Coyotes facing Blood Sport

“Dear Friend of Wildlife

For all of you who sign petitions and write letters of support on behalf of wildlife, I know you must sometimes wonder whether it makes any difference. Well, here is the proof that it does.

The coyote killing contests didn’t occur this year mainly because you, and hundreds of others, wrote challenging the legality of these barbaric contests, pressuring the Premier and the MNR to enforce the law.

You will see from the comments below that we put the MNR in a difficult position. On the one hand, the MNR conveyed to the contest holder that it “was not in his best interest to hold the contest” this year but on the other an MNR spokesperson denies that they tried to muzzle him. The reason for this double speak is that, in having challenged the illegal nature of this contest, we exposed and put at risk the Ministry’s other questionable contests. The Ministry no doubt decided it was better to quietly stop this contest so that it didn’t have to defend the larger legal issue. The hypocrisy of the MNR in the article below does not go unnoticed by the public.

Thanks to you, we can take great satisfaction knowing that countless hundreds of coyotes were not chased to exhaustion or torn to shreds by a pack of dogs this winter, to serve simply as ‘sport’ for hunters. ”

Donna DuBreuil

Ontario Wildlife Coalition



“Locke’s decision not to repeat the coyote contest was preceded by a letter he had received from the MNR on Dec. 13, 2011. He had been informed that his contest was the subject of two complaints under Section 11 of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. The contest had received its share of criticism by both individuals and animals rights groups.”

Coyote hunt a no go


Posted 15 hours ago

CORNWALL — Just about this time last year, John Locke was busy organizing the Coyote/Wolf Fest Ball at a nearby night club.

Locke, the owner of Fence Depot in the north end of Cornwall, has no such duties this week, content he is still able to sell hunting and fishing licences.

“We had great response,” he said of the controversial Coyote/Wolf Contest held February 2011, which culminated with a coyote calling contest.

“(Hunters) were looking forward to (the contest this year); we were all set to go.”

About 120 coyotes were killed by about 100 hunters looking to receive a prize.

But then Locke claims he received a phone call from a representative with the Ministry of Natural Resources.

“(the MNR) suggested it was not in our best interest in holding the contest — in a subtle way,” Locke said.

“It’s kind of a slap in the face,” said Locke, citing other h unting contests he holds for deer and turkeys.

“How can they say we cannot have other contests, but except for this one.”

Fence Depot has a contract to sell hunting and fishing licences, he explained.

While the revenue from licences accounts for small percentage of his revenue, he was worried about a reduction of indirect sales from hunters and anglers.

“Because I’m in business, I don’t want to jeopardize what I do,” he said.

The contest was ini tiated in response to ongoing trepidation from livestock farmers about the increased coyote/wolf population in eastern Ontario.

MNR spokesperson Jolanta Kowalski said no MNR official had given instructions to Locke to muzzle his contest.

Kowalski said the MNR would not become involved unless hunters contravened hunting regulations, noting that coyote hunting is allowed year-round.

The MNR has cautioned against a determined cull of coyotes, explaining the species has reproductive cycle that speeds when its population declines.

Locke’s decision not to repeat the coyote contest was preceded by a letter he had received from the MNR on Dec. 13, 2011.

He had been informed that his contest was the subject of two complaints under Section 11 of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

The contest had received its share of criticism by both individuals and animals rights groups.

But other residents, including South Stormont Mayor Bryan McGillis, had supported Locke.

Section 11 states that a person shall not hunt (among other methods) or induce another to hunt for gain.

The complaints had been brought forward by the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, which can utilize the Environmental Bill of Rights.

Locke said his $15 registration fee was charged just to recover expenses, such as renting space for the Wolf Fest Ball.

After a probe into the complaints, MNR environmental planning official Sally Renwick informed Locke there were no grounds for an investigation.

“… any changes in how coyotes are harvested due to holding and participating in contests would not likely cause harm to the environment,” stated Renwick’s summary.


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Rich Chinese thrill seekers paying £50,000 for ‘trip of a lifetime…’ to kill endangered polar bears

March 8, 2012


Petition to urge the Canadian government to prohibit killing polar bears for pure sport as well as commercial trade in polar bear products:


End the hunting of the Sacred White Buffalo at the Texas Hunt Lodge immediately



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More pet stores bow out of puppy-selling business


Tell the University of Washington: Stop Hurting Animals!


Pledge to Help Stray Animals



Stop ABCs new program in development modeled after Ringling Brothers


Help Save Big Cats!


Be A Hero To A Lab Animal


Preserve the red panda habitats


End Killer Whale Exhibits at SeaWorld


Ban The South African Parrot Trade


Stop Coyote Killing Contest


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How many of us around the world are inundated with requests for donations…donations towards conservation, saving wildlife….how many of us have doled out ill afforded dollars believing that our contributions are going to preserve habitat and to save the lives of animals?

Well there are so many organizations out there, it is difficult to even keep track isn’t it?  We all want to do our part, to make a difference, to do good, to contribute in a most positive way and we should all applaud and be very proud of the contributions which we have made in the past and continue to make.

However, a word of warning:  BE CAREFUL WHERE YOUR DONATIONS GO!!!  Be careful where you send your HARD EARNED DOLLARS, for all is NOT what it appears to be.

Having been a long time supporter myself of organizations such as Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund and the Canadian Wildlife Federation I was horrified and shocked to LEARN the TRUTH about these organizations and others like them.  What an EYE OPENER!!!   Now my hard earned dollars go to organizations such as the Animal Defense League of Canada, the Animal Alliance of Canada, Project Jessie, WSPA, ASPCA, and groups that ACTUALLY rescue, provide needed medical attention to the discarded, the abused and the suffering!!!!  That actually do the hands on heartbreaking work to save lives, end animal research, lobby governments for real Animal Protection and that find loving forever homes for the hundreds of thousands of animals that through no fault of their own suffer unimaginable horrors.

This is taken word for word from the Animal Defense League of Canada Newsletter #178 – Fall/Winter 2011


From The Fur Bearers Newsletter, June 6, 2002, No. 109, Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals, Vancouver, BC:  “Watch for phrases like ‘wise use’, ‘sustainable use’ or ‘conseveration’ in reference to wildlife.  These often mean killing is part of the plan.”

“CAUTION:  if you are considering buying Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) merchandise or a membership:  The CWF originated as the umbrella organization for Provincial and Territorial hunter and angler associations.  In a 1995/96 telephone conversation with one of our (ALDC) directors, a representative stated that the CWF does not oppose hunting and trapping.  To our (ADLC) knowledge, their position is unchanged.”

“CAUTION:  WORLD WILDLIFE FUND (WWF) POSITION STATEMENT ON HUNTING, September 1999, Toronto, Ontario:  Excerpt – “WWF does not oppose the sustainable consumption of wild animals, including regulated sport hunting….”  ‘In a March 23/2000 letter from WWF:  “It is true that WWF does not take a stance against hunting, unless that hunt is expected to affect the survival of a poulation or species.  We are a conservation organization…In most cases hunting is an animal welfare issue…”  To our (ADLC) knowledge, their position is unchanged.


“Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) on thier ‘We’ll teach you to hunt’ web page (ducks.ca/resource/hunters/mentoredhunt.html) states: “Since the 1970’s the numer of Canadian waterfowl hunters has dropped by more that 70 per cent.  To support waterfowlers, DUC, alond with our partners, deliver a program to teach novice waterfowlers how to hunt.  Our primary goal is to have new waterfowlers learn and enjoy the waterfowling tradition and thereby increase the number of responsible conservation-minded hunters…DUC invites all youth ages 12 to 17 who have successfully completed the Hunter Safety course to learn how to hunt….”

“ONTARIO WILDLIFE FOUNDATION (OWF): An Important Notice”, Take Action, Spring 2001, Vol. 10, #1, Animal Alliance of Canada, Toronto, Ontario:  “the leaders of this organization are or have held leadership position with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and/or Ducks Unlimited (both of these groups are pro-hunting).   …The OWF describes itself as being involved in wildlife conservation.  On their web page…they state ‘Fish, wildlife, and their habitats…are the sources of recreations such as bird watching, fishing, hunting,  The Foundation will work to ensure that Canadians continue to have ample opportunity for such recreation in all corners of the province’…”

“Help the ones who really help animals”, from Animal People, December 1995, Vol IV, #10, Shushan, NY:  “Greenpeace – the richest group on our charts this year – reminds its lobbyists that, ‘In principle, we are not against killing marine mammals,’ allowing them to sign away the lives of whales and dolphins in deals buying less protection than they have now…..”

“Know where your gifts go”, from Animal People, December 1997, Vol. VI, #10, Clinton,WA:  “Ducks Unlimited, (their) object is furnishing hunters with allt he waterfowl they can blast into bloody shreds of flesh and feathers…” (Editors NOTE:  For many years Animal People has been monitoring the spending (“…where the money goes, how much goes to further fundraising, and how much goes into their pocket”) of the major animal and habitat protection groups, and publishing their findings.)

ActionLine, Winter 1999, Friends of Animals, Darien, CT:  “Groups that support so-called regulated hunting and/or trapping:  National Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy, Sierra Clubg, World Wildlife Fund….”  To our knowledge, their position is unchanged.

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Dear Friends,
The fate of Ontario’s coyotes and other wildlife will soon be determined.
For those who have written letters condemning the illegal coyote killing contests, your voices have gained the attention of politicians. It is the next step, however, that you and I take that will make a difference in the outcome for wildlife.
As many of us have learned, the Minister of Natural Resources is working with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, farmers and rural municipalities to develop a long-term coyote and ‘nuisance’ wildlife management strategy.
However, Ontario’s wildlife “belongs” to all of us! It should not just be up to farmers and natural resource or hunting interests to decide the fate of our wildlife. Particularly, given the ill-informed and brutal approach taken to coyotes in this province.
A proposed Agriculture-Wildlife Conflict Strategy was quietly posted on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry in late February, with the public consultation closing deadline set for April 11, 2011.

This strategy aims to increase compensation for farmers for  loss of crops and livestock due to wildlife predation,

But it aims to decrease the cost of compensation by increasing opportunities to kill ‘nuisance’ wildlife through increased hunting opportunities.  It also expands the list  of wildlife that can be killed.

The list now is expanded to include: cougars, lynx, bobcat, ravens, eagles, hawks, crows, turkey vultures, weasels, raccoons, mink and elk.

This strategy is ill-conceived.  For example, turkey vultures eat only dead things. And farmers are no longer required to learn preventive methods to avoid wildlife predation. Consultations were limited to select agricultural organizations.

Our voice is now critical. Wildlife protection organizations will be sending detailed responses. However, it will be the response, however brief, from members of the public like you that will make the difference. Please take a few minutes to send in your comments.

If you are having problems reading this email, click here to view on the Wildlife Ontario website.

The clock is ticking for Ontario’s coyotes and other wildlife. A proposed Agriculture-Wildlife Conflict Strategy will soon determine whether the mindless and cruel persecution of wildlife continues in Ontario or whether our province joins other more civilized jurisdictions in implementing progressive strategies that promote coexistence. 

Step 1: Please submit your comments online

Please use the online form posted on the EBR to send your comments to Yves Tremblay at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs before April 11, 2011.  It is crucial that they hear your views and not just those with hunting, farming and natural resource interests. Click here to bring up the form, enter your information and click “Save” to send.

HELPFUL TIP: We suggest that after you click the “Save” button that you copy and paste your letter from the confirmation page into an email for Step 2.  If you do not know how to ‘copy and paste’, simply re-type your comments into the email.

Step 2: Please also send your comments by email

With subject line: “Agriculture-Wildlife Strategy Must Respect Biodiversity” to:

1)  Premier Dalton dmcguinty.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
2)  Hon. Linda Jeffrey, ljeffrey.mpp@liberal.ola.org
3)  Hon. Carol Mitchell, minister.omafra@ontario.ca

It is just as important to copy cc:

4)  Andrea Horwath, ahorwath-qp@ndp.on.ca
5)  Your MPP
6)  Your local mayor or in the case of Ottawa, mayor Jim Watson, Jim.Watson@ottawa.ca
and your Ottawa city councillor.

Tips for letter writing

You can draw on some of the points below but it is important to put the points in your own words or, at least, reorder them so it doesn’t appear to be a ‘form’ list. And, please do not forward this page as it will NOT count as ‘personal’ opinion and could hurt the campaign’s efforts.

  • The Agriculture-Wildlife Conflict Strategy needs to reflect the views of the majority of Ontarians
  • It is, therefore, essential that the proposed Agriculture-Wildlife Conflict Working Group include members that represent community wildlife interests. It cannot be one-sided with only agriculture and natural resource or hunting interests as members if it is to have the legitimacy and transparency needed for public acceptance
  • Sustainable farming in Ontario needs to work with nature, not be at war with it. ‘Good Things Grow in Ontario’ and ‘Buy Ontario’ campaigns encourage consumers to buy fresh, home grown food. These campaigns will fail if the cost is seen by consumers to be the elimination of Ontario’s wildlife in brutal and ill-informed attacks
  • No one owns nature. Not farmers or hunting interests. Wildlife belongs to all Ontarians and it needs to be cared for on behalf of all Ontarians
  • Livestock losses due to coyote predation in Ontario are insignificant. Losses represent only 1% in numbers of sheep and 0.08% in numbers of cattle produced. This is insignificant when you consider that other small businesses in Ontario experience up to 3% in lost profits annually due to theft and get no compensation for their losses from government
  • The Strategy must be based on conflict prevention. Farmers have to take responsibility for protecting their livestock assets, just as any other business is required to protect its assets
  • Farmers need to build in a “cost of doing business” loss for predation, just as they do for other natural factors such as variable weather conditions
  • Clearly, the majority of livestock producers are taking measures to protect their assets. The Strategy therefore needs to focus on these local “best management practices” as well as lessons learned from other countries that have been highly successful in reducing livestock predation
  • Without a serious commitment to conflict prevention, there will be continually-increasing compensation demands and a greater reliance on this compensation by producers, more unwarranted attacks on wildlife to justify compensation, escalating costs to taxpayers and increased criticism from the public who value wildlife

Background Information:
Agriculture-Wildlife Conflict Strategy EBR,  EBR Registry Number: 011-2677
Wildlife Discussion Paper

Contact Premier Dalton McGuinty
Contact Information
Queen’s Park
Room 281, Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A1
Tel 416-325-1941
Fax 416-325-3745
1795 Kilborn Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1H 6N1
Tel 613-736-9573
Fax 613-736-7374

Hon. Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Natural Resources
Ministry of Natural Resources
Suite 6630, 6th Floor, Whitney Block
99 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1W3
Tel 416-314-2301
Fax 416-325-5316

Hon. Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
11th Floor
77 Grenville Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1B3
Tel 416-326-3074
Fax 416-326-3083

Andrea Horwath, Leader, NDP
Room 114, Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park,
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A5.

Ontario MPP’s
As listed on the Legislative Assembly of Ontario website.
Ottawa City Councillors
As listed on the City of Ottawa website.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson
City of Ottawa,
110 Laurier Avenue West,
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1

Deadline for public comments:
April 11, 2011
Osgoode poster, click to enlarge

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