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Humane Society not opposed to traditional Inuit sealing

Re: "It's a lot easier being 'green' on someone else's greenback, eh?" (The Hill Times, June 1, p. 17). Sheila Copps' column on the recent controversy over the governor general's seal meal is fraught with errors and misinformation. Humane Society International/Canada and other animal protection groups are not opposing traditional Inuit sealing—we object to the industrial-scale seal slaughter that occurs each spring off Canada's East Coast. They are two very different things, despite government attempts to blur the lines between the two.

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Humane Society not opposed to traditional Inuit sealing

Re: "It's a lot easier being 'green' on someone else's greenback, eh?" (The Hill Times, June 1, p. 17). Sheila Copps' column on the recent controversy over the governor general's seal meal is fraught with errors and misinformation. Humane Society International/Canada and other animal protection groups are not opposing traditional Inuit sealing—we object to the industrial-scale seal slaughter that occurs each spring off Canada's East Coast. They are two very different things, despite government attempts to blur the lines between the two.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A platter of smoked fish.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Seal hash martinis.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.

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