Press Content Pane http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/theme/press/rss.xml/48971/18 en 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 German government unanimously affirms EU regulation on seal products http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/news/german-government-unanimously-affirms-eu-regulation-seal-products <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, 06/14/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>Last night the German Bundestag voted unanimously to stick to the existing pan-European trade regulation on commercial seal products. The vote is in response to the WTO (World Trade Organization) challenge brought by Canada and Norway. The lawsuit is at present being debated and a decision should be made this year. IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare &ndash; <a href="http://www.ifaw.org">www.ifaw.org</a>) has worked intensively and in many EU member states for the introduction of this trade regulation.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/news/german-government-unanimously-affirms-eu-regulation-seal-products" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Seals Political advocacy Seals Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:45:13 +0000 adintino 93781 at http://www.ifaw.org EU Court Upholds Seal Ban http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/news/eu-court-upholds-seal-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, 04/25/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>The European General Court today upheld the EU trade regulation on seal products. In a strongly-worded and crystal clear decision the court dismissed any concerns that either the EU seal trade regulation, or its implementation, lacked a legal basis.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is a satisfying result for IFAW,&rdquo; said Sonja Van Tichelen, IFAW EU Regional Director. &ldquo;We have European citizens onside, we have the scientific community onside, and now we have the legal community onside in shutting Europe&rsquo;s door to the unnecessary cruelty of commercial sealing.&rdquo;</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/news/eu-court-upholds-seal-ban" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Seals Seals EU legislature EU trade regulation Seal Ban WTO Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:00:52 +0000 svandereyd 91246 at http://www.ifaw.org