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Chinese Activists Call Canada Racist For Selling Seal Meat

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Image credit: Action for our planet It is de rigueur for Canadian politicians to eat seal meat, in solidarity with the Inuit hunters who have been doing it for centuries. Here's Prime Minister Harper and much of his cabinet partaking. But centuries ago, the Inuit used to use the seal themselves; then they started exporting it, until the European Union banned the import of seal products and the market disappeared. So Canada just signed a trade deal with China, to export seal meat and oil to the vast chinese market for weird body parts and animals. The Fisheries Minister exults: "Now that we have access to a new, very large market for edible seal products, hopefully it can become the industry it once was and provide for Canadian coastal families like it did in the past, or even at a greater level than it did in the past." Others, including many in China, are not so happy.... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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