NO SEAL NO DEAL - Petition to the Arctic Council
We the undersigned call on the Arctic Council member states and permanent members to:
Be mindful of the rights of law-abiding Inuit and other seal hunters to participate in a seal hunt that provides much needed sustenance and economic opportunities in the Arctic and other coastal regions.
Be equally mindful that by legislating a ban on seal product imports, the European Union has clearly demonstrated a profound level of ignorance, disrespect and disregard for indigenous culture and livelihoods which includes the sustainable use of abundant wildlife resources.
THEREFORE, we call on the Arctic Council to reject the European Union’s current and future applications for OBSERVER STATUS at the Arctic Council until such time as the European Union completely lifts its unilaterally imposed and unjust law (Regulation (EU) No. 1007/2009) banning the import of seal products into Europe.