(CELEBRITY ACTIVISM) Actor Jude Law is joining celebrity activists like Ke$ha and Sarah McLachlan and speaking out against the annual Canadian seal slaughter. The Sherlock Holmes star recently teamed up with PETA and wrote a letter urging the World Trade Organization (WTO) to uphold the EU’s ban on seal products. The handsome Brit wrote, “I’m writing to urge the panel to uphold this ban, which is in line with the wishes of compassionate people all around the world, including the majority of European citizens. Even local sentiment is turning, and a lack of markets has led Canadian officials to seriously examine whether the slaughter should end.” The WTO’s final hearing on the issue will be held on April 29. Read on to find out what Law proposes would be a better solution for sealers and seals. — Global Animal
Ecorazzi, Ali Berman
For years animal activists have been trying to put a stop to the Canadian seal hunt, an annual slaughter of baby harp seals. Why would anyone choose to bludgeon a baby seal to death? When they are under 3 months of age, they still have their fur which is sold and used to make garments and other items. Sadly, the seals cannot even escape. When they are so young they are unable to swim.
Now, days after the annual slaughter has begun, Jude Law, in partnership with PETA, has joined the ranks of the many celebrities who have spoken out against it. He wrote in a letter to the WTO, who will be having a final hearing on the Canadian government’s challenge on the EU’s ban on seal products, “In light of next week’s seal-products dispute hearing, I’m writing to urge the panel to uphold this ban, which is in line with the wishes of compassionate people all around the world, including the majority of European citizens. The US, Taiwan, Mexico and even Russia (which had been importing 95 per cent of Canadian seal pelts) have also banned seal-fur imports. Even local sentiment is turning and a lack of markets has led Canadian officials to seriously examine whether the slaughter should end.??”
Law continues, “The purpose of the WTO is to support efficient markets, not government decisions to prop up dying industries like the seal slaughter. For the second year, Newfoundland will give a $3.6 million loan to a seal processing plant to boost the industry, even though reports show that hundreds of thousands of seal skins are already in storage.”
And of course Law notes that “it’s inherently cruel to bash in the heads of baby seals when they are only weeks old.”
We couldn’t agree more, and hope that the European ban on seal fur is upheld and that the Canadian seal fur industry goes down because of it. That will truly be a day to celebrate.