Press Content Pane http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/theme/press/rss.xml/48971/18 en Public morality & the EU Seal Regulation:Implications of the WTO ruling on policy http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/news/public-morality-eu-seal-regulationimplications-wto-ruling-policy <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 11/27/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>The EU seal ban campaign was the first campaign to successfully cite moral concerns about animal welfare at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The roundtable will discuss both the revisions required for the EU Seal Regime to meet the WTO judgement and how its implications affect campaigns now and in the future.</p> <p>Guest speakers:</p> <p>Welcome by David Martin MEP (S&amp;D, UK)</p> <p>Sheryl Fink (IFAW Canada) &ndash; The perspective from Canada</p> <p>Jo Swabe (Humane Society International) &ndash; The EU campaign for the seal ban</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/news/public-morality-eu-seal-regulationimplications-wto-ruling-policy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Seals Seals EU Seal Regulation WTO Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:10:17 +0000 svandereyd 102163 at http://www.ifaw.org Norway considers stop to commercial seal hunt subsidies – move would effectively ending commercial seal hunting in Europe http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/news/norway-considers-stop-commercial-seal-hunt-subsidies-%E2%80%93-move-would-effectively-ending-commercial <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 10/28/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-optional"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_optional" width="300" height="199" title="Norway considers stop to commercial seal hunt subsidies – move would effectively ending commercial seal hunting in Europe" alt="Norway considers stop to commercial seal hunt subsidies – move would effectively" src="http://d2mlnkprj9wd81.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/Beater_Seal_300px_5.jpg?1415290473" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>The Norwegian government has announced it will consider a move to stop propping up an unnecessary commercial seal hunt citing the need to manage &ldquo;economic priorities.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;This is brilliant news thatcould save tens of thousands of seals a cruel death. This could also represent a tremendous success for the EU ban on commercial seal products. By closing our markets to cruelty Europeans can be proud of ending cruelty elsewhere,&rdquo; said Sonja Van Tichelen, IFAW EU Regional Director.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/news/norway-considers-stop-commercial-seal-hunt-subsidies-%E2%80%93-move-would-effectively-ending-commercial" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Seals Political advocacy Seals ban on commercial seal products Commercial seal hunt seal hunt seals Thu, 06 Nov 2014 16:19:05 +0000 adintino 101905 at http://www.ifaw.org WTO Rules in Favour of European Union Seal Product Ban http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/news/wto-rules-favour-european-union-seal-product-ban <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 05/22/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-optional"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_optional" width="300" height="201" title="WTO Rules in Favour of European Union Seal Product Ban" alt="WTO Rules in Favour of European Union Seal Product Ban" src="http://d2mlnkprj9wd81.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/Seal%20Pelt_300_0.jpg?1400770754" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>IFAW &ndash; the International Fund for Animal Welfare &ndash; is delighted that the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body has largely upheld the European Union&rsquo;s ban on seal products. As in an earlier first instance ruling, the WTO found that moral considerations &mdash; including concerns about animal welfare &mdash; can justify trade restrictions. As a consequence only small adjustment will need to be made.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/news/wto-rules-favour-european-union-seal-product-ban" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Seals Political advocacy Seals EU ban on seal products seal products ban seals WTO Mon, 26 May 2014 20:00:40 +0000 jjones 100399 at http://www.ifaw.org IFAW Condemns Demand to Reopen Whitecoat Hunt http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/news/ifaw-condemns-demand-reopen-whitecoat-hunt <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 04/25/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>Seal hunters from the Magdalen Islands, Quebec, are asking that the nearly 30-year old ban on the commercial hunting of whitecoat harp seals (nursing pups) be lifted.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/news/ifaw-condemns-demand-reopen-whitecoat-hunt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Seals Seals 30-year old ban commercial hunt sealers Whitecoat hunt Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:30:27 +0000 svandereyd 100021 at http://www.ifaw.org IFAW: Canadian Commercial Seal Hunt Opens as EU ban debated at WTO http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/news/ifaw-canadian-commercial-seal-hunt-opens-eu-ban-debated-wto <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 04/14/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>After over 30 years of trying to revive the commercial seal hunt, and&nbsp;over C$50 million (&euro;33 million) in government support, the hunt will proceed again in 2014 despite the lack of markets.&nbsp;
</p> <p>&ldquo;This hunt has been on life support for 20 years. It will never&nbsp;come back to previous levels. When will governments in Ottawa&nbsp;and St. John&rsquo;s&nbsp;start to think about the future, and help sealers transition out of this failed&nbsp;industry?&rdquo; says Sheryl Fink, Wildlife Campaigns Director of IFAW Canada.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/news/ifaw-canadian-commercial-seal-hunt-opens-eu-ban-debated-wto" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Seals Seals seal hunt WTO Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:42:49 +0000 svandereyd 99908 at http://www.ifaw.org Animal Welfare Not a Trade Barrier says WTO in EU Seal Case http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/news/animal-welfare-not-trade-barrier-says-wto-eu-seal-case <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 11/25/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>Today, the World Trade Organization (WTO) released its panel ruling on Canada and Norway&rsquo;s challenge of the European Union&rsquo;s ban on seal products. The WTO panel has found the EU seal trade regulation, which prevents commercially hunted seal products from being sold in the EU, to be WTO compliant. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), who spent years advocating for the EU seal trade regulation, is pleased with the ruling.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/news/animal-welfare-not-trade-barrier-says-wto-eu-seal-case" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Seals Seals Canada Commercial hunts WTO Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:32:18 +0000 svandereyd 98399 at http://www.ifaw.org