Greenpeace urges the EU to help save the Inuit seal hunters. Too little too late?
The smell of barbecued seal is going to be wafting around the European Parliament in Strasbourg later today, as Inuit hunters from Greenland try to convince lawmakers to end a ban on seal products that was introduced in 2009. The environmental group Greenpeace is also urging the EU to help the hunters, who are facing destitution because the ban has wiped out exports of seal fur, on which they used to depend. Greenpeace is trying to make amends because its campaign against seal culls damaged the economic prospects of indigenous people in the arctic regions of Canada and Greenland. The hunters set off from Copenhagen last night, and Malcolm Brabant joined them at the start of their journey.