Amen­dement Hazekamp: handel in zeehon­den­pro­ducten (2)


7 mei 2015

Janusz Wojciechowski
Trade in seal products

Proposal for a regulation
COM(2015)0045 - C8-0037/2015 – 2015/0028(COD)

Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

Amendment 2
Anja Hazekamp, Stefan Eck

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 2

Text proposed by the Commission

(2) At the same time, seal hunting is an integral part of the culture and identity of the Inuit and other indigenous communities and makes a major contribution to their subsistence. For those reasons, seal hunts traditionally conducted by Inuit and other indigenous communities do not raise the same public moral concerns as the hunts conducted primarily for commercial purposes. Moreover, it is broadly recognised that the fundamental and social interests of Inuit and other indigenous communities should not be adversely affected, in accordance with United Nations Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples and other relevant international instruments. For those reasons, by way of exception, Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009 allows the placing on the market of seal products which result from hunts traditionally conducted by Inuit and other indigenous communities and which contribute to their subsistence.

Amendment

(2) At the same time, seal hunting is an integral part of the culture and identity of the Inuit and other indigenous communities and makes a major contribution to their subsistence. For those reasons, seal hunts traditionally conducted by Inuit and other indigenous communities do not raise the same public moral concerns as the hunts conducted primarily for commercial purposes. Moreover, it is broadly recognised that the fundamental and social interests of Inuit and other indigenous communities should not be adversely affected, in accordance with United Nations Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples and other relevant international instruments. Because since 2009, there have been very few seal products resulting from traditional hunts by indigenous communities that have been placed on the Union market, it is reasonable to conclude that exports of seal products by indigenous communities do not substantially contribute to their subsistence.

Justification

There should be no exception to the EU seal regime; the prohibition should apply to all natural and legal persons equally. This makes the legislation WTO-compliant and represents the animal welfare concerns in the best possible way.


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