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Ottawa, October 30, 2014 – Today Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette introduced her bill to establish a national seal products and seafood day on May 20.

At a difficult time for our coastal communities, with the European Union calling into question the legitimacy of our seal hunt and its humane, cruelty-free practices, I feel it is important to celebrate, at the same time they do, our shared maritime way of life and these fragile natural resources that sustain so many communities on both continents.

— Senator Celine Hervieux-Payette


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OTTAWA, October 23, 2012 – The Liberal Senate members of the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans almost unanimously supports the recommendations of the Committee on the management of the grey seal population to assist in the recovery of groundfish stocks provided, however, that the government supports the development of an industry of seal products.

As per witness testimonies, I am convinced that the abundance of grey seals poses a serious threat to some species of fish, including cod. However, unlike European countries, it is not in the habit of Canada to harvest seal without using up the resource. We must not get caught up in this way which is contrary to our traditions, our way of life and the spirit of the Universal Declaration on the Ethical Harvest of Seals.

— Senator Celine Hervieux-Payette

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OTTAWA, June 16, 2011 – Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette welcomes the support of the government of the Northwest Territories to the Universal Declaration on the Ethical Harvest of Seals.

The NWT has a long history of promoting and supporting the humane harvest of our wildlife resources by all hunters and trappers [...] Wildlife in the NWT is managed-through co-management boards created by comprehensive aboriginal land claim agreements.

— Premier Floyd K. Roland

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Debates of the Senate

OTTAWA, December 1, 2010 Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette a motion in the Senate to Urge the European Union to Apply a Preservation Policy of the Eastern Atlantic Bluefin Tuna…

The Senate of Canada urges the European Union to apply to the situation of the Eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna the moral values underlying the Union’s new regulations on the seal hunt (even though the harp seal is not an endangered species), with a view to protecting the species Thunnus Thynnus, respecting scientific opinion and encouraging its member countries to implement an adequate policy guaranteeing preservation of the species for the generations to come.


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OTTAWA, October 29, 2010 – Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette Condemns the Cruelty of the Animal Boycott

The overpopulation of seals will require, no matter what, a balance of the ecosystem. If we don’t find an alternate market to Europe to sell seal products we will be condemned to throw seals into the garbage. At that point, I don’t think there will be the same level of supervision by the Canadian government to guarantee ethical hunting standards.

— Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette.


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OTTAWA, August 19, 2010 – Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette applauds the European Court of Justice’s decision to suspend the boycott of seal products in Europe

The European Court of Justice has just confirmed what we knew all along, that the legality of the boycott was far from being obvious as demonstrated by a former European legal opinion

— Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette.


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NATIONAL SURVEY 2010 - Canadians say YES to the seal-hunt

Canadians say “yes” to well-regulated seal hunting - 6 out of 10 Canadians indicated that they accept seal hunting by any hunter where populations are not endangered and animal welfare is respected.

Canadians recognize the economics of hunting - 6 out of 10 Canadians feel that seal hunting is economically
important for all who participate.

Canadians understand the need to manage seal populations - 9 out of 10 Canadians felt that seal populations should be managed in relation to the abundance of important fish stocks.

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OTTAWA, April 01, 2010 – The Fur Institute of Canada supports the Universal Declaration of the Ethical Harvest of Seals.

Like Canada’s 60,000 trappers who have embraced international trapping standards, sealers support and promote a conservation and welfare ethic in earning their livelihood from the sea. […] Initiatives like “We Care” will help to give a voice to a growing movement to further promote these values.

— Robert B. Cahil, Executive Director of the Fur Institute of Canada

The Institute, a national non-profit organization based in Ottawa, was established in 1983 on the initiative of the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Wildlife Ministers. Its overall mission is to promote the sustainable and wise use of Canada's fur resources. The Fur Institute’s Sealing Committee acts as a network for seal-related issues and works with stakeholders to provide balanced stories on Conservation, Marine Management, Animal Welfare, Socio-Economics and Human Health.

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OTTAWA, March 10, 2010 – Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette hosts the first ever seal meal at the parliamentary restaurant.

Party leaders, Senators, Ministers, critics and dozens of other MPs packed into one of the restaurants private rooms to show their support for the Canadian sealers. Canadian parliamentarians from all political parties put aside their differences and enjoyed a seal meal together to denounce the fabrications disseminated by vegetarian lobby groups and to oppose the European Union’s illegal ban of seal products.

The event was widely covered by media from all corners of the world and helped to clarify myths associated with the sealing industry.

Iqaluit, February 11, 2010 - Senator Hervieux-Payette at a Seal-Hunt in Nunavut

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IQALUIT (Nunavut) February 8, 2010 - Nunavut Minister of Environment Daniel Shewchuk will meet with Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette in Iqaluit tomorrow to discuss the Nunavut seal harvest.

We are pleased to meet with Senator Hervieux-Payette here in Nunavut, and are grateful for her support and interest in working with us. We need to tell the world the real story of sealing in Nunavut and to dispel the myth and misinformation that prevails. Allies like Senator Hervieux-Payette are helping us do just that.

— Minister Daniel Shewchuk

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OTTAWA, January 27, 2010 – Ethics are not limited to animals. Senator Hervieux-Payette condemns PETA’s attack on the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

The vegetarian lobbies have turned into extremists. They do not respect our democratic institutions and use savage tactics to achieve their goals, which greatly discredits their cause.

— Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette.

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OTTAWA, January 21st, 2010 – The Fur Council of Canada supports the Universal Declaration of the Ethical Harvest of Seals.

The support of the Fur Council of Canada to the principles outlined in the Universal Declaration is great news: this demonstrates that the industry along with scientists and governments in our country care deeply about animal welfare along with that of human communities and ecosystems.

— Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette.

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VIDEO: Seal meat in a restaurant in Montreal

OTTAWA, December 16, 2009 – The Senate of Canada recognizes the right of coastal communities to earn a living from the use of animal resources.

The adoption of this motion by the Senate of Canada sends a clear message to vegetarian groups who manipulate public opinion to finance their ideology. The Senate renews its commitment to preserving the balance of the ecosystem, promoting animal welfare and protecting human communities. Humans have a right to utilize natural resources such as animals when done in an ethical and sustainable manner.

— Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette.

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OTTAWA, December 10, 2009 – Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette seeks $ 15.4 million per year in funding to ensure a minimum income for sealers.

I believe that as long as we have to fight against this unjust boycott, the income sealers received in 2005 from the hunt should be insured by the Government of Canada.

— Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette.

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OTTAWA, December 7, 2009 – Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette, who lead the project, applauds Québec’s decision to support the Universal Declaration on the Ethical Harvest of Seals.

I applaud the decision of the government of Québec to support the Universal Declaration on the Ethical Harvest of Seals and am delighted by Québec’s strong implication in the negotiations between Canada and the European Union on a free trade agreement.

— Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette.

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OTTAWA, December 1, 2009 Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette tabled a motion in the Senate demanding the recognition of the legitimacy of raising, harvesting and using animals in an ethical way. This motion will reassure these groups of Canada's commitment to animal welfare while recognizing that humans are an integral part of the ecosystem.

I have tabled a motion in the Senate to protect the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of Canadians and their industries. Vegetarian groups have tremendously increased their pressure on world governments demanding changes to our society which will have serious repercussions. Groups such as PETA, the Humane Society and actresses such as Brigitte Bardot and Pamela Anderson have actively promoted the association of animal harvesting with animal cruelty.

A balanced ecosystem is the result of constant interactions between predators and prey throughout the food web, that humans are an integral part of the ecosystem and, therefore, that their position as predators cannot be separated from nature.

— Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette.

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Debates of the Senate

OTTAWA, September 17, 2009 Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette pronounced a statement in the Senate

Honourable senators, opponents to the seal hunt and to any human involvement with animals are far from backing down, after the declaration of a European boycott of seal products. On the contrary, their victory has encouraged them. [...] We must take action to respond to this multimillion-dollar lobby, which takes many shapes, and uses both soft and hard approaches, and both friendly and violent tactics.

— Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette.

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Sainte-Anne-des-Monts (Quebec), August 2, 2009 - Visitors to Exploramer alerted officials that the photographs in the exhibition “Phoque la controverse” [Seal the controversy] had been damaged. Sandra Gauthier, Director General of the discovery centre that focuses on the St. Lawrence, immediately realized that the photographs slashed in broad daylight was the work of animal rights activists.

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VIDEO: Rex Murphy | Seals and European Cynicism (CBC)

OTTAWA, July 31, 2009 - Letter to the Minister of the Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Recently Prime Minister Stephen Harper approved $3billion worth of assistance for General Motors and $1billion for Chrysler.  Seal hunters have just as much right to government protection of their jobs as automobile workers do.

I therefore urge you to approach the Prime Minister about swift financial compensation for our seal hunters, threatened as they are by ideologues and a European decision that is highly questionable both legally and morally.

This financial compensation for loss of income should continue until the WTO hands down its final decision and/or the dispute with the EU has been settled.

— Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette.

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OTTAWA, July 28, 2009 – In response to the European Union’s unacceptable decision to boycott seal products, Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette demands immediate financial compensation for the sealing industry until such time as the WTO hands down its decision.

I will be writing this week to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to say that I am 100% behind the appeal to the WTO but that by itself it’s nowhere near enough. The Harper government has given GM and the automobile industry's wage earners billions in assistance; I can't believe that we will let the Canadians on the East Coast go under for much less than that.

— Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette.

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NETHERLANDS, July 21, 2009 - An animal rights activist known as the vegan streaker has been arrested on suspicion of planning to attack queen Beatrix, his lawyer Gerard Spong told the Volkskrant on Tuesday.

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The Economist, May 14th 2009 - European politicians are breathtakingly hypocritical about sealskins

A few seals are killed to protect fish, others as a source of blubber or food. Most are indeed killed for their fur. That may not be to everyone’s taste, but it is hardly unEuropean. Europe’s fur farms produce over 30m mink and fox pelts a year. Every four or five days Europe kills more animals for their fur than the entire annual Canadian hunt does in a year. Seal hunting sounds unfair; but Europeans are reluctant to ban the hunting of similarly defenceless game birds, deer or wild boar.

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OTTAWA, May 6. 2009 – The Parliament of the European Union voted yesterday in favour of a total boycott of seal products, despite the principle of the sustainable use of resources urged by the Convention on Biological Diversity. In so doing, the parliamentarians - who are in the midst of an election campaign - caved in to the aggressive falsehoods of the vegetarian lobby.

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OTTAWA, May 1, 2009 – Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette enthusiastically welcomes the support of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for the Universal Declaration on the Ethical Harvest of Seals.

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OTTAWA, April 29, 2009 – The Honourable Jean Lapointe, Senator, unveiled his 50th album and his song on
the Seal Hunt (Original title: “La chasse aux phoques”).

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Letter to the Members of the European Parliament

OTTAWA, April 28th, 2009 – The Honourable Céline Hervieux-Payette asks officially to the European Parliamentarians to postpone the vote on seal products "That the reason why I would ask to consider my request, in the spirit of openness and the good relations between our peoples, to delay the vote on seal products until the conclusion of our upcoming dialogue" - Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette.

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Universal Declaration on the Ethical Harvest of Seals
We all Care about Animal Welfare

OTTAWA, April 23, 2009 – At a crucial moment when the European Parliament could vote to ban all seal products to appease animal rights groups, Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette has emerged as the ambassador of Canadian seal-hunting communities by releasing the draft declaration to the press, with the Liberal fisheries and oceans critic, the Honourable Gerry Byrne, PC, MP.

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World Conservation Trust

SWITZERLAND, April 23, 2009 – The Permanent Secretariat enthusiastically welcomes support from the IWMC World Conservation Trust (Switzerland).

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