|Thursday, December 23, 2004|
Canadian Green Party Condemns the Canadian Seal Hunt
Last year, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Captain Paul Watson refused to speak at the Canadian Green Party Convention because the Green Party had taken a position in support of the annual slaughter of 350,000 harp and hood seals.
Captain Watson was one of the original members of the Green Party in Canada. He ran twice for Member of Parliament for Vancouver Centre, once for Vancouver Parks Board, and once for Mayor of Vancouver. Each time he received the largest number of votes for any Green Party candidate running.
This month, Captain Watson received a letter from Don Roebuck of the Green Party of Canada which included the new Green Party policy on the seal hunt.
The Green Party changed its position thanks to Newfoundland anti-sealing activist Rebecca Aldworth who attended the Green Party Convention in August 2004. She presented a video and talked with delegates.
In the vote that followed, the Green Party condemned the hunt by a vote of 98 to 7 becoming the first Canadian political party to oppose the seal slaughter.
The Newfoundland delegates have vowed to fight this new policy at the 2005 convention.
This means that now, Canadians do have an alternative if they choose to not support a political party that endorses the horrific mass slaughter of seals.
Canada intends to slaughter another 350,000+ seals in March and April 2005. Sea Shepherd ship Farley Mowat will be at the seal hunt this year to oppose the killing.
This is the official Green Party Position:
G04-p11 - Atlantic Seal Hunt
Whereas the Atlantic seal hunt is characterized by extreme brutality; and