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December 14, 2011

Humane Society International/Canada Statement on the Newfoundland and Labrador Fishery Rebuilding Act, Bill C-308

Humane Society International/Canada

MONTREAL—Humane Society International/Canada supports the establishment of a Federal Commission of Inquiry into the development and implementation of a national fishery rebuilding strategy for fish stocks off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. If passed, Bill C-308 would provide improvements to fisheries management based on science, allow for public and community consultation and address sustainability and ecosystem concerns related to fisheries.

Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of Humane Society International/Canada, stated: "For decades, the federal government has failed to address the numerous factors that continue to inhibit fish stock recovery, which include inadequate funding for scientific research, destructive fishing practices such as bottom trawling and overfishing, and the impacts of offshore oil exploration, among others.

"Now, without scientific basis, our Fisheries Minister is transparently attempting to scapegoat seals for his own department's mismanagement of fish stocks. This bill would create accountability in fisheries management and focus government and public attention on the true causes of fish stock depletion, which have nothing to do with seals or any other marine mammal."

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Humane Society International/Canada is a leading force for animal protection, representing tens of thousands of members and constituents across the country. HSI Canada has active programs in companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, marine mammal preservation and farm animal welfare. HSI Canada is proud to be a part of Humane Society International, one of the largest animal protection organizations in the world, with more than 11 million members and constituents globally. On the Web at hsicanada.ca.

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