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Declaration

Help us raise awareness that we, the seal hunting communities, are concerned about animal welfare, balanced ecosystems, the preservation of living species and preserving human ways of life.

While the seal harvest is managed in most countries, we want to inform the public and governments around the world that we are determined to:

  1. Establish a common international position on ethical standards for the seal harvest
  2. Adopt national codes of ethics and certification of our hunting practices
  3. Have a United Nations Universal Declaration on the Ethical Seal Harvest ratified

------- Universal Declaration proposed by Canada:      English      Français      Inuktitut



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This Declaration was drafted by:

Dr. Charles Caraguel (D.V.M., M.Sc., and PhD candidate) is a French veterinarian (Université de Toulouse, France). Master of Science graduate student (molecular parasitology of aquatic animals), Department of Pathology and Microbiology, Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). Observer of the seal hunt in the Gulf of St. Lawrence since 2005 and member of the Independent Veterinarians' Working Group (IVWG) on the Canadian Harp Seal Hunt. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences of the University of Prince Edward Island.

Dr. Pierre-Yves Daoust (D.V.M., PhD) Diplomate American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Professor of anatomic pathology and wildlife pathology, Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). Involved with the Canadian harp seal hunt as an observer and in other capacities since 1999; senior author of the article “Animal welfare and the harp seal hunt in Atlantic Canada” (Canadian Veterinary Journal, 2002). Member of the Independent Veterinarians' Working Group (IVWG) on the Canadian Harp Seal Hunt.

Dr. Bruce G. Hatcher (B.Sc., M.Sc., and PhD) is Cape Breton University’s Chair of Marine Ecosystem Research, and Director of the revitalized Bras d’Or Institute at the university. Prior to this appointment, he was a Professor of Biology and the Director of the Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University.

Dr. Janice S. Henke (PhD Cultural and Political Anthropology) is an American scientist who in the 80’s undertook an ethnographic study of the myths and realities of the Canadian harp seal harvest in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and off the “front” of Newfoundland. In 1985, she published “Seal Wars, An American Viewpoint”. Based in New-York, she is currently the editor-in-chief for the electronic journal of the International Wildlife Management Consortium (Switzerland).

Mr. Peter Irniq is a former Minister of Economic Development in the Government of Northwest Territories and a former Deputy Minister in the Government of Nunavut. Mr. Irniq is currently an Inuit cultural teacher.

Chief Roy S. Jones Jr. is a former fisherman and captain, a former member and elected board member of the Skidegate Band Council, a band government of the Haida people, one of two of the Haida Tribal Society, also known as the Council of the Haida Nation. Chief Jones is currently President of Pacific Balance (British Columbia).

Mr. Denis Longuépée, President of the Sealers Association of the Magdalen Islands (Quebec)

Mr. Eldred Woodford, President of the Canadian Sealers Association (Newfoundland and Labrador)

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