The HSI team worked the Brussels field for over a year, meeting decision makers in the European Parliament, the Perm Reps and the European Commission to make their case. We were up against the diplomatic weapons of the Canadian government, so it was important to meet as many officials as possible, and explain relentlessly why the trade in seal products should be banned.
Over the months preceding the vote, we met over 150 MEPs face-to-face, almost all Environment officials in Perm Reps, and senior Members of the Commissioners Cabinet. Some ads even helped us securing meetings. During these meetings, we gave out documents explaining the details of this very complex issues, be it reports or traditional position papers.