Forget Europe—the Chinese like seal -

Forget Europe—the Chinese like seal

Canada takes seal industry promotion to Beijing


What’s the best way to tick off anti-seal hunt advocates? How about introducing a high-profile seal-fur fashion line on the runways of Beijing. That’s what Fisheries Minister Gail Shea plans to do Tuesday as part of her campaign to market Canadian seal products in China. “There’s huge market potential here,” Shea says. Just as the European Union implements strict sanctions on Canadian seal, China has proved to be a big buyer. And it’s not just seal fur that draws in the big bucks; seal-oil capsules made from blubber are also selling well. “The Chinese eat anything,” says Wayne Mackinnon, one of the seal-industry executives travelling with Ms. Shea. “And they simply don’t understand why you would put one animal over another. I suspect that over the next decade, the Chinese market alone could take all the seal products that we could make.”

The Globe and Mail

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Forget Europe—the Chinese like seal

  1. What about all Olympice Gold Medialists gets a sealskin jacket?

  2. “The Chinese eat anything,” and Canadians will swallow anything, especially the Orwellian line that cruelty is kindness.

  3. Now lets all watch Sir Paul's head explode.

  4. If the Chinese really do have a potential market for seal meat (perhaps it could be canned and marketed to the Chinese as an exotic aphrodisiac) then at least we could put an end to the nauseating waste of leaving skinned seal carcasses behind on the ice, once the sealers have slaughtered the animals for their hides.

    • I think the problem is that seal does not taste very good.

      • Lots of animals don't taste very good, but that doesn't stop the Chinese from eating them.

  5. It's about time we told the Euro-trash to p**s off and stop telling us how to run our own country. There is not a thing we need from or sell to these has been countries. If they dont like our oilsands wealth, tuff, suck it up buttercup. If they had them do you think for a nano-second they wouldn't be developing them. We can sell all the oil, gas coal, grain, seal products or anything else we have to offer to China, India,Brazil and other emerging counties. Not to mention the U.S. Let them live in their make believe Utopia of skyrocketing energy costs and taxes and a declining standard of living. Let them freeze in the dark.

  6. Put an end to the 'Seal Hunt' why would the Chinease government agree to this, it is horrible. EU finally agreed to ban seal and now it's China… dam!!!

  7. "why would the Chinease government agree to this"
    Apparently you don't know anything about the Chinese attitude towards animal welfare. It is common in China to eat some animals alive (octopus, for example), cook them alive (fish), skin them alive (cats, snakes), and beat them within an inch of their life and leave them to die slowly (dogs). The thought of quickly putting a seal out of its misery with a .22 isn't going to ruffle any feathers in China.