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Terminate the Canadian Seal Massacre

Demand-side of global anti-seal-massacre campaign

From: Anthony Marr

To: Animals Asia
Date: Sat Apr 15, 2006 9:43 am

Re: The globe and Mail article titled "It's 'not pretty', but seal business thrives"
Subject: Demand-side of global anti-seal-massacre campaign

As you may know, the Canadian Seal Massacre is top campaign in North America bar none at this time of the year, and I have been right in the mix of it. I'm writing to seek you advice and perhaps also your help in terminating this barbaric "tradition". You will find the following article very informative and quite balanced on the state of the movement. A certain emphasis is placed on the Paul McCartney visit. Of special note is the line "Outside Atlantic Canada, Canadians are divided about the seal hunt. While local animal-rights activists are against the hunt, the incursion of wealthy international stars making pronouncements about Canadian policy has turned off many Canadians." My feeling is that it is actually not good inside Canadia in actually raising support for the massacre, but good outside of Canada in bringing the atrocity to global attention. If this observation is correct, it should be taken very seriously when planning our future strategy. The more important point in this article, however, is this: "Today, a seal pelt fetches about $70, compared with $15 in the mid-1990s. The Barry Group processes 120,000 to 150,000 pelts a year. Once treated and dyed, about 90 per cent of the pelts go to brokers in Russia and China. Russia is the No. 1 customer, with China coming on with insatiable demand." I see China as being an even greater threat than Russia, because its market will likely surpass that of Russia within years. As you know, when it comes to trade in animal parts, which seal pelts are, there are always the supply-side (in this case Canada), and the demand side (China and Russia), and both need to be plugged before the campaign can be fully effective. I have two questions: 1. Given your experience working in China, how do you think best to have China ban the importation of seal products from Canada? 2. Obviously, Animals Asia is ideally positioned to tackle this problem, partly because of the organizational infrastructure you have already built, would you be willing to participate in this global campaign?

I will of course do whatever I can to work with you from over here.

Looking forward to seeing your reply, one way or the other.

For the animals,

Anthony Marr, founder

Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)

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