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Public opinion supports prohibition of seal products

The government says it may soon prohibit the import of seal products to Taiwan. That's the word from the forestry bureau. Forestry official Lin Kuo-chang said that Taiwanese have stopped buying and selling seal products such as seal oil and fur. That's after a press conference last year which showed how seals were killed to make those products.

Lin said public opinion in Taiwan supports the protection of seals and consumer habits have changed since that press conference.

The forestry bureau is now considering prohibiting the import of seal products as they are prohibited in the United States and European Union. Ninety percent of Taiwan's seal products come from Canada, where it is legal to hunt seals. Canada is now concerned about the impact Taiwan's decision will have on the rest of Asia if it decides to stop importing seal products.

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