Belgium becomes first EU country to place a national ban on all seal product imports
“We would like to thank the Belgian Government, especially the three ministers involved in the initiative, and the MPs who supported this landmark decision. The Parliament vote will help to end the commercial seal hunt by reducing demand for seal products,” said Lesley O’Donnell, Director of IFAW’s EU Office. “This is a monumental achievement for our founding campaign and we hope the Belgian example will encourage other European nations to adopt their own national bans.”
The Belgian Parliament’s vote demonstrates to the Canadian Government that markets for all seal products in Europe can be closed. Throughout the past year, there have been strong steps to stop the trade of seal products in Europe. The German Parliament voted unanimously on a motion urging the government to ban seal products, just one month after the EU Parliament passed a Written Declaration in support of an EU-wide trade ban.
“Belgium’s ban indicates that European opposition to the seal hunt is growing and global markets will continue to close until this cruel hunt is ended,” added Ms. O’Donnell.
To learn more about IFAW’s efforts to end the Canadian commercial seal hunt, visit www.ifaw.org today.