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The trade in seal products will be banned in The Netherlands after this summer. This was announced by Minister ofAgriculture Gerda Verburg this Wednesday in the 2nd chamber of Parliament.
Verburg declares in a letter that the Raad van State has advised on the proposed ban on the the sale of harp seal, hooded seal and Cape fur seal products. After due procedures are passed, the new law can become effective after this summer.              
Most time consuming is the total ban of Cape fur seal products. The international trade in these products is regulated very strictly and some additional steps have to be taken to reach a total ban. It is expected that this can be done before the end of this year.

An exception for this trade ban is made for the traditional seal hunt of the Inuit, the Greenland eskimo's, for live animals and products that have been regularly imported into The Netherlands.
In the last days of his function Verburgs predecessor Minister Veerman promised the 2nd chamber such a ban, meeting the wish of the 2nd chamber, expressing its abomination of the culling of seal because of their fur. 
The Netherlands is not the first EU-country to ban this seal product trade. Belgium was first and Germany is taking steps towards the same ban. Greenland has complained to the European Commission against the Belgian ban that would violate free trade.

Dutch Newspaper  TROUW

(Novum) -
The trade in seal products in The Netherlands will be banned not later than September. It concerns the products of harp seals, hooded seals and Cape fur seals. This was announced by Minister of Agriculture Gerda Verburg on Wednesday to the 2nd chamber of parliament. It was announced earlier that a ban by July was not feasible.
In other Eurpean countries like Belgium and Italy have a ban. In the whole EU there is a ban on import of furs and products of seals under the age of twelve days. Now this includes older seals as well. 
Amongst others this ban concerns skins, furs and oil


21 May 2007
The Party for the Animals -
Partij voor de Dieren Marianne Thieme -
and SP -
Socialistische Partij Krista van Velzen -
are in the process of amending the draft legislation
towards a total ban on sea mammal products

De zeehondenwet -
De wet op het verbod van import en handel in zeehondenproducten

Date: May 19, 2007

Dear All Cape Fur Seal Supporters,

If only Dutch Parliamentarian's understood Newton's 3rd Law,
Cape Fur Seals would live
in a safer World

       Newton's 3rd Law states
"for every Action there is an equal and opposite Reaction"

       In the 16th century colonial Dutch explorers to the tip of Africa, did not understand it then. Invading a wildlife habitat or islands and clubbing to death seals (action), would result in the
extinction of those islands named by the Dutch, after the seals (an equal and opposite reaction) - Newton's Law.
      Now, in the 21st Century, not only have they (the Dutch) not understood it in 1983, but again in 2007.
      In 1983, the European Union (of which the Dutch are a part of) introducing a Europe wide ban on baby seal imports or so the world was lead to believe. In reality it only involved less than 14-day old Harp and Hooded Seal Species, from a total of 32 seal species worldwide. Soon thereafter in 1987, the sealing countries of these two species of seal, (Harp and Hooded) which involved Canada, Greenland, Russia and Norway, all introduced into their regulations a complete ban on "nursing baby seals".
     South Africa and Namibia continued to club to death its baby Cape fur seals.
     Once again, Newton's 3rd Law came into force, which resulted in Europe increasingly importing baby Cape fur seal products from Africa (Namibia) into Europe instead. Never thinking to ban ALL species of seal.
     The Harp and Hooded Seal populations in Canada number some 5 to 6 million seals, with over 1 million pups being born annually. Sustainable Wildlife Use Movements believe 30% (thirty percent) of any wild seal population's pups can be harvested sustainably, ignoring the inhumanness of these so-called hunts, or in fact whether its true. 
     The Dutch Parliament in it's infinite wisdom, similar to their counter-parts in the 16th century, ignoring Newton's 3rd Law, have recently decided to ban once again, just Harp and Hooded Seal imports, this time not just baby seal products, but all seal products from these two species.
     And as it did in 1987, the demand for baby Cape fur seal products increased in Europe. Causing the Namibian Ministry of Fisheries to steadily increase the annual sealing quota from less than 3000 in 1990, past 30% of the pups born, past even 60%, in fact the 2006 baby pup quota for Namibia (Cape fur seals), exceeded the number of pups alive come start of sealing season on July 1. With 2006 sealing quota being 85 000 baby Cape fur seals, making it the second largest seal hunt in the world. The reason for this was simple, Canada alone was killing 325 000 pups annually in its commercial seal hunt. Cape fur seals in Africa (the only species of seal breeding on the whole African continent) only numbers less than a million, and at its highest peak, only produces some 250 000 pups, at best.
    In Newton's eyes it stands to reason that Namibia, would need to increase its quota to meet the new European demand for baby seal imports.
    It therefore stands to reason, that like it did in the 16th century, the Dutch exterminated seals on islands. The Dutch will solely cause the complete extinction of the Cape fur seals as an entire species, with its exclusion of Cape fur seal imports from its Parliamentary Ban on Seal Products (Harp and Hooded).
    Already, the Namibia Cape Fur Seal Hunt is 90% baby pup based, and even with Canada last year killing 325 000 seals - Namibian sealers struggled to find towards the end of their 5-month sealing season, any more seals to kill.
    If only the Dutch Parliamentarians understood Newton's 3rd Law - "For every Action there is an equal and opposite Reaction".
For the Seals
Francois Hugo Seal Alert-SA