Clive has sent a message to the Government calling for a ban on the UK import of seal products. He was one of over two hundred MPs who signed a motion in the Commons calling for the ban. He is also urging people in Eltham and Plumstead to voice their opposition to the trade in products from Canada’s commercial seal hunt, which is now bigger than it has been for 50 years.
Clive met campaigners from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester in September and saw their stand, which graphically illustrated why Canada’s cruel and unnecessary seal hunt must end. A life-size animatronic sealer wielded a hakapik (a spiked club used by sealers to kill seals) while footage captured by IFAW at this year’s seal hunt was played.
Clive said: “It is shocking that products from Canada’s cruel commercial seal hunt can be imported into the UK. I believe it is important we end this trade to show Canada that the UK wants no part in this. By reducing demand for products, I hope we can also help end the hunt.”
IFAW opposes the seal hunt on the grounds that it is cruel, unnecessary and unsustainable.
More than one million seals have been killed over the last three years alone. The majority of seals killed are pups aged between two weeks and three months, and all veterinary reports have documented unacceptable levels of cruelty.
Ellie Dickson, Marine Campaigner for IFAW, said: “We are delighted to have the support of Clive. The British public overwhelmingly support a ban on the trade in seal products and it is fantastic that Clive is voicing this on behalf of his constituents.”
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