On August 23, 2007, the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) received a revised citizen submission from Mexican non-governmental organizations (NGOs) asserting that the Canadian government is failing to enforce its law effectively with respect to the harp seal hunt that takes place annually in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and along the Newfoundland and Labrador coast.

The Submitters assert that Canada is failing to effectively enforce sections of the Marine Mammal Regulations adopted under the Fisheries Act, and that these provisions, which prescribe methods and instruments for killing seals, do not meet the definition of environmental law under the North American Agreements on environmental cooperation.

According to the Submitters, regardless of the killing implement used, the commercial seal hunt is inherently cruel.

For more information on matters before the Commission for Environmental Cooperation see:  http://www.cec.org/news/index.cfm?varlan=english