"Up the Anti" Rally challenges seal hunt opponents - Sustainable seal harvest supporters say "We are the true environmentalists!"



    OTTAWA, March 15 /CNW Telbec/ - People involved in every aspect of
sustainable seal harvesting in Canada - from seal hunters to veterinarians -
plan to "set the record straight" today on Parliament Hill.
    "This is the first time, to our knowledge, that such a rally will be
assembled," said Rob Cahill, Executive Director of the Fur Institute of
Canada. "After 40 years of animal rights groups marginalizing people who hunt
seals, it is time that unbiased information be presented to the public."
    Advocates for the sustainable and respectful use of nature's resources
participating in the rally include representatives from Newfoundland, Quebec
and Nunavut seal hunting communities, Omega 3 seal-oil producers, as well as
veterinarians, industry spokespeople and government representatives from
Newfoundland/Labrador and Nunavut. These representatives will be available for
interview on Parliament Hill from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.
    Newfoundland Fisheries Minister Tom Rideout said recently that his
province must challenge animal activists instead of ignoring them. "We're not
going to be content to sit back and have lies, in particular, misinformed
opinion, go unchallenged so we're going to be proactive from here on in,
defending the hunt of a sustainable resource humanely harvested," Minister
Rideout said.
    Taking the lead from Minister Rideout, the "Up the Anti" rally signifies
the intention of people involved in all aspects of the hunt (and other
supporters of sustainable use principles) to finally challenge animal
activists for their misleading campaigns.
    "Activist groups have exploited and distorted this issue to make millions
of dollars for more than 40 years. It is hypocritical to mount
multi-million-dollar campaigns attacking the hunting of some 300,000 seals
(from a population of almost 6 million) while the rest of North America and
Europe consume literally hundreds of millions of cattle and billions of
chickens annually!" Mr. Cahill stated, and concluded that, "People who live
closest to the land and sea have the greatest respect for healthy wildlife
populations and respectful harvesting practices. I'm pleased their voice is
finally being heard."
    The "Up the Anti" rally begins at 10:30 a.m. In order to dispel the myth
that seal carcasses are wasted, sealers will be giving away traditional seal
flipper pies.

    The Seals and Sealing Network (under the umbrella of the Fur Institute of
Canada, a national non-profit organization promoting sustainable and wise use
principles) is committed to the conservation and respectful harvesting of the
world's seal species through sound scientific management and internationally
accepted sustainable use practices. The Seals and Sealing Network is comprised
of government, Inuit, veterinarians, conservationists, health care
practitioners and industry representatives. Visit our new website:
www.sealsandsealing.net.




For further information:

For further information: Robert B. Cahill, Executive Director, Fur
Institute of Canada, (613) 231-7099 x 226

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