Cool attempt to curb seal trade

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 February, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 February, 1997, 12:00am

ANIMAL welfare campaigners will fly a traditional medicine practitioner and mainland officials to Canada's frozen wastelands in an attempt to curb the trade in seal penises.

On March 9 the International Fund for Animal Welfare will take officials from the China Wildlife Conservation Association, part of China's Ministry of Forestry, to see newborn seal pups.

The five-day trip is a chance to discuss animal trade and welfare issues with Chinese officials, says organisation spokesman Jill Robinson.

Some 334 kilograms of seal penises, used as aphrodisiacs, were imported into Hong Kong last year.

Hong Kong Chinese Herbalists Association vice-chairman Lo Yan-wo said few illnesses required the use of seal penises and herbs and plants could be used to cure impotence.