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Greenland bans Canadian sealskins

Published: Jan. 9, 2006 at 10:24 PM
NUUK, Greenland, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The home-rule government in Greenland has decided to halt imports of sealskins from Canada.

Great Greenland began importing Canadian skins in 2003 because of a quality decline in Greenlandic skins. But officials say they do not want to risk bringing in skins from seals that have been beaten to death.

"Great Greenland's production of sealskin is based on traditional trapping of seals in Greenland, just as it always has been," Premier Hans Enoksen told the Copenhagen Post. "Sealing with a pickaxe is not a method that is used in Greenland, and it has never been a part of Greenland's culture. It is an unacceptable method."

Enoksen said that bad publicity in the 1980s about the Canadian seal hunt hurt Greenland's exports, and trappers do not want a repetition.

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