Amicus Brief: European Communities — Measures Prohibiting the Importation and Marketing of Seal Products
The preliminary submissions in this brief are aimed at correcting the misleading and incomplete manner in which Canada has characterized the objectives of the measures at issue in this dispute,1 (referred to together as the “EU Seals Regime”); the economic and environmental context of the Canadian commercial seal hunt; and the legal principles relevant to differential treatment of indigenous peoples in Canada and elsewhere.
The EU Seals Regime serves more than one objective. It aims at the expression of moral opprobrium at animal cruelty and at prohibiting the complicity of EU consumers on EU territory with activities that attract such opprobrium. It also seeks to protect the life and health of seals.