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Seal rights campaigner acquitted

Mark Glover
Mark Glover has called for a total ban on seal culling

An animal rights campaigner from Nottingham who was charged with breaching a seal exclusion zone in Canada has been acquitted.

Mark Glover, from the Carlton-based group Respect for Animals, was arrested filming the annual Canadian seal hunt.

The Canadian government has defended the cull, saying the seals pose a major threat to fishing in the area.

The European Union is due to meet to debate the issue of seal imports later on Monday.

Mr Glover was one of five "seal hunt observers" to be acquitted.

Speaking on The Politics Show East Midlands, he said: "It's time for a full ban and we hope that the European Parliament members take into account the strong views of their electorate, particularly as there's an election next year, and bring in a full ban."


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