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November 6, 2009

HSI Wins Campaign of the Year Award

Group Recognized for Ban the Cruel Seal Trade Campaign

Humane Society International

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Humane Society International is the proud recipient of the Campaign of the Year award at the European Public Affairs Awards in Brussels Thursday night.

This highly coveted award, which is voted for by the professional lobby community in Brussels, was given to HSI for its high-profile, successful lobby campaign to achieve a European Union ban on trade in seal products.

Speaking in Brussels after accepting the award, HSI's UK Director Mark Glover said:

"We are thrilled to accept this prestigious award which recognises the role of Humane Society International in achieving a European ban on the commercial trade in seal products.

"In the face of a massive and unfounded lobby by the Canadian government, pro-seal and other vested interests we succeeded in showing European decision makers the truth behind the cruel seal slaughter. The immediate impact of the campaign resulted in saving the lives of 250,000 seal pups earlier this year. This has not, however, ended the seal kill, and with Canada and Norway threatening to go to WTO to challenge the ban, much remains to be achieved to end the cruelty once and for all."

Timeline:

  • Nov. 20, 2009: EU Regulation will enter into force.
  • Oct. 31, 2009: The EU Regulation concerning trade in seal products was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
  • May 5, 2009: The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strong ban on trade in seal products. 

View the HSI campaign Web site at hsi.org/bansealtrade. A complete overview of all the campaign elements is here.

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Humane Society International and its partner organizations together constitute one of the world's largest animal protection organizations — backed by 11 million people. For nearly 20 years, HSI has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide — On the web at hsi.org.

The European Public Affairs Awards aim to highlight success and encourage best practice throughout the European public affairs community; bringing recognition to individuals, organisations, issues and campaigns.  For more information: design1.dods.co.uk/epa2009/ 

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