In an effort to further delay the phase out of the commercial seal slaughter, Canada has asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to hold a hearing about the ban on seal products by E.U. member countries. As usual, Canada will want to keep the hearings behind closed doors.
Canadian-born beauty Pamela Anderson penned a letter to Canada's minister of international trade, Peter Van Loan, urging him to make the hearings open to the public and to make the materials submitted to the WTO publicly available when filed. In her letter, Pam called the WTO challenge a "huge waste of taxpayer dollars" and said, "If Canada doesn't have anything to hide about how seals are bludgeoned and skinned in the commercial slaughter, then there will be no issue making these hearings and submissions public."
PETA U.K. turned up the heat on Canada by placing a seal ice sculpture outside the London headquarters of the Canadian High Commission.
It could take several months for the WTO panel to issue a ruling, but there is no doubt that the E.U. will hold firm to its right not to buy the skins of tortured seals. You can exercise your rights by sharing a pro-seal message with your friends on Facebook or on your MySpace page.
Written by Michelle Sherrow