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7 February 2001 Issue
World Day of Action Against Seal Hunting

from The Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade (CAFT-UK)

World Day of Action Against Seal Hunting - Tuesday 13th March 2001

A joint message from Bont voor Dieren and the Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade (UK)

You may remember that in March last year Dutch anti-fur group Bont voor Dieren organized a global day of action against the Norwegian seal hunt, and CAFT-UK organized similar protests in May against the Canadian seal hunt. This year we have decided to combine the two to organise a World Day of Action Against Seal Hunting, to be held on Tuesday 13th March.

Similar to last year, demonstrations will be held outside Norwegian and Canadian embassies, consulates and government offices.

The seal slaughter is due to get fully underway in March. The Canadian government has again set the quota of seals to be killed at 275,000 harp seals (it will also probably allow 10,000 hooded seals and a few hundred gray seals to be killed too). Norway hasn't released a quota for this year yet.

A new coalition of grass-roots groups campaigning against the seal slaughter is being launched for this campaign - Global Action Against Seal Hunts (GAASH).

We hope this will provide a forum for ongoing discussion and campaigning on this issue, as well as increasing media interest in the world-wide campaign.

Below is a list of countries where protests at Canadian and / or Norwegian government offices will be held on the World Day of Action. This is not complete and will be added to as we receive more responses.

Protests we know of so far:
*UK: London, Birmingham, Edinburgh
*Holland
*Canada: various cities
*USA: various cities
*Czech Republic: Prague
*Ireland: Dublin
*Sweden: Stockholm
*Switzerland
*Spain
*Norway

We will keep you updated on this campaign and if anyone wants to know more information please contact the UK branch of the Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade at PO Box 38, Manchester, M60 1NX, UK or e-mail caft@caft.demon.co.uk 

Information about the day of action will be posted on our website: http://www.caft.org.uk 

Craig Armstrong Marianne Thieme
Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade Bont voor Dieren, Holland
caft@caft.demon.co.uk info@bontvoordieren.nl 

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