Germany moves forward with proposed legislation to ban the import of all seal-derived products
Throughout the past year, there has been strong opposition to this hunt and many nations have taken action to stop the trade of seal products in Europe. Last month, Belgium became the first EU nation to pass a national ban following the European Parliament’s resolution in support of an EU-wide trade ban. IFAW continues to urge other governments as well as the European Parliament to follow Belgium and Germany by closing their markets for seal products.
“We are asking the Minister to use his influence within the EU Commission and to keep lobbying for an EU-wide ban on seal products,” added Dr. Sonntag.
This proposition for a German ban on seal products comes just a few weeks before Canada’s commercial seal hunt is set to begin off the gulf of St. Lawrence. Last year, more than 354,000 harp seals were killed, 97% of which were under 3 months of age.
To learn more about IFAW’s efforts to end the Canadian commercial seal hunt, visit www.ifaw.org today.