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December 15, 2011

HSI Canada Statement on the Federal Government’s Rejection of the Newfoundland and Labrador Fishery Rebuilding Act, Bill C-308

Humane Society International/Canada

MONTREAL—Humane Society International/Canada condemns the gederal government’s rejection of Bill C-308, a proposal to establish 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. The Conservative government voted down Bill C-308 at second reading. The bill would have allowed for improvements to fisheries management based on science, public and community consultation, and addressed sustainability and ecosystem concerns related to fisheries.

Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of Humane Society International/Canada, stated:

“Our fisheries minister is transparently attempting to scapegoat seals for his own department's mismanagement of fish stocks. The refusal by the Canadian government to support Bill C-308 is a betrayal of every Atlantic Canadian and a clear admission that the federal government is not prepared to take the necessary steps to address the true causes of fish stock depletion, which have nothing whatsoever to do with seals."

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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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