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November 5, 2012

Senator Manning Doesn’t Know a Grey Seal When He Sees One

Humane Society International/Canada

  • A mass cull of grey seals is not justified. HSI

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OTTAWA -- Humane Society International/Canada condemned Sen. Fabian Manning for his misleading and inflammatory statements on Oct. 31 while speaking in the Senate about Bill S-210, which would end the commercial seal hunt. The Senator provided inaccurate information regarding the population status of seals, seals and fisheries interactions, and the economic contribution of the Canadian sealing industry. Sen. Manning also accused animal protection groups of using a harp seal photo in an ad about grey seals, when in fact the photo was of a grey seal.

"Senator Manning is Chair of the Senate Fisheries Committee and yet he knows almost nothing about seals and even less about the sealing industry," said Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of Humane Society International/Canada. "Senator Manning overestimated the harp seal population by nearly two million animals and the number of active sealers by twenty times. He provided misinformation to the Senate about sealing methods, the economic value of commercial sealing, and the impacts of seals in their ecosystems. It speaks volumes that Senator Manning, Canada's most vocal proponent of a mass cull of grey seals, cannot identify a grey seal in a photograph, after supposedly studying these animals for a year."

"The Conservatives' continued attacks on Canadians who are opposed to the hunt, and on animal welfare groups in particular, shows how out of touch the government is and how desperately it is trying to hide its own lack of long-term management plans for the seals and the larger fishery," said Sen. Mac Harb. "The government is not listening to Canadians, it is not helping sealers and it is not helping our northern and aboriginal sealers who deserve their support. Canadians deserve better."

Click here to view the false information provided by Senator Manning and his colleagues from Newfoundland, and rebuttals to those statements.

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Media Contact: Dean Pogas, HSI/Canada: 514-261-6007/514-395-2914; dpogas@hsi.org

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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