MEPs from the IMCO (Internal
Market and Consumer Protection) Committee, today voted overwhelmingly in favor
of a ban on the trade in seal products without any derogations, and with the
only exemption for products from traditional Inuit seal hunts.
The 25:7 majority vote defeats
plans for a proposed labeling system put forward by the IMCO rapporteur, UK
Liberal MEP Diana Wallis.
IFAW opposes Canada’s commercial seal hunt because
it is cruel and unnecessary, with more than a quarter of a million seals clubbed
or shot each year primarily so their fur can be used by