Praise Taiwan for Banning the Trade of Marine Mammal Products

Target: Legislative Yuan

Goal: Thank Taiwan for placing a ban on the trade of products made from marine mammals

Taiwan recently joined the United States, Russia, the European Union, Mexico, Belarus, and Kazakhstan in placing a permanent ban on the trade of products made from marine mammals, including seal pelts. The law will hopefully have a powerful influence on other nations, as well as the industry itself, and deserves our gratitude.

The executive director of the Taiwanese animal protection group EAST has stated that the new legislation comes from the support of the Taiwanese people themselves who do not wish to trade products of any kind that are the result of cruelty. The only exception to the law will be products from traditional indigenous hunts. These products rarely enter the global marketplace anyway.

The move toward a global ban on marine mammal products does not come as an attempt to stop the production of such goods in the countries that have passed legislation, but rather as an attempt to shrink the market for Canada’s seal skins. Last year alone, during Canada’s annual seal hunt, which lasts from March through April, 70,000 seal pups were killed for their pelts. The majority of them are beaten to death with clubs.

Although Taiwan’s market for marine mammal products is relatively small, the fact that more countries continue to join the fight against Canada’s cruel industry offers hope that someday soon there will be no market left in which Canada’s seal hunt can survive. Please sign the petition below and show your support for Taiwan’s decision to help end the senseless torture and killing of marine mammals around the world.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Members of the Legislative Yuan,

Taiwan recently joined several other nations around the world in banning the trade of marine mammal products. This will no doubt have a significant impact on Canada’s seal market and also be a positive influence for other countries to join the fight. Roughly 70,000 seals are senselessly slaughtered for their skins every year, most of them just pups, and doing anything we can to put an end to this market based on nothing but cruelty should be a top priority, just as you have made it.

As more and more people recognize the needless deaths that this industry inflicts, the international community takes another step towards a planet that values its natural wonders. Thank you so much for your contribution to the protection of marine mammals around the world. We hope that other nations will continue to follow in your footsteps.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Crazy Creatures via Flickr

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