I was disappointed to hear that seal skins may become part of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary's official winter clothing. I urge you not to let these officers become a pawn in a political game. The slaughter accounts for a fraction of 1 percent of Newfoundland's economy, yet it causes the whole region to seem caught up in an industry that is obsolete. Now that Russia—which had been importing 95 percent of Canadian seal fur—has joined the U.S. and the E.U. in banning seal fur, there are no more markets for it, and it's time to let the slaughter die off. We need a practical exit strategy for this dead off-season trade, not stunts like putting seal fur on police hats.
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