N.L. funding campaign to promote seal industry
A young harp seal rests on the ice floes in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence, Wednesday, March 25, 2009. (Andrew Vaughan / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:22AM EST
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- Newfoundland and Labrador will help fund an awareness campaign that it says is aimed at combatting misconceptions around the seal industry.
Fisheries Minister Keith Hutchings says the province will give $60,000 to the Seals and Sealing Network, an industry group that's leading the campaign.
He says it's especially important to support the commercial hunt as Ottawa appeals a World Trade Organization ruling.
A WTO dispute settlement panel in November upheld Europe's ban on imported seal products, citing "public moral concerns" for animal welfare.
Animal rights advocates say the commercial seal hunt is a needless slaughter, and called the trade ruling a major victory.
But the province and Ottawa have defended the seal hunt as humane, sustainable and well regulated.