Victory for Seals as EU ban on Seal Products Takes Full Effect

Great news for seals! The EU ban on the marketing of seal products can finally take full effect, thanks to a court order issued earlier this week.

The general court of the European Union has lifted the interim measures that had temporarily suspended the EU regulation banning the trade in seal products for litigants in an application to the court.

The litigants included most of the commercial sealing industry, including those in Canada, Norway and Greenland. The order of the court provides an independent look at the arguments being used by the Government of Canada and sealing industry.

Refreshingly, the court notes - several times - the complete lack of evidence provided to support any of the claims made by the litigants, and effectively dismisses many of the arguments presented as being without basis.

Arguments that the recent drop in market conditions for seal products was directly linked to the EU Regulation were deemed unfounded (and in fact, they contradict earlier claims made by sealing industry representatives themselves). And while the EU ban has a complete exemption for the products of Inuit seal hunting, the ruling also noted the minimal participation of Canadian Inuit in the seal economy and the low export rate of Inuit seal products.

Interestingly, the court noted that no entity governed by public law (such as the Canadian federal government) - was among the applicants in the present case. In stark contrast to all the hot air in Ottawa about "standing up for sealers", when the applicants needed the support of government, it wasn't there. Perhaps this one just wasn't up to their usual tacky photo-op standards, like chowing down on seal meat for the cameras.

This is great news for seals, the European public, and for compassionate citizens around the world - but the fight to defend the EU ban from attack is far from over. There is still a pending court case asking for the total annulment of the EU ban, and it remains to be seen how that will proceed. In addition, the Canadian and Norwegian governments have indicated their intention to challenge the EU regulation at the WTO. Further attempts from the sealing industry to undermine this critical piece of legislation are expected, but IFAW will continue to support and defend the EU ban on seal products for as long as necessary.

For more information on IFAW efforts to end the Canadian commercial seal hunt, visit http://ifaw.org.

Comments: 7

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

[...] not as though markets for seal products are expected to increase any time soon. The EU and USA have closed their doors to seal products, and Canada’s recent attempts to market seal products in China are being met [...]

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I live in Nova Scotia. The seal slaughter is done by the so-called fishermen for nothing more than fun,recreation. They love it. There is no possibility a good human being could ever litterally bash the brains out of an animal that has absolutely no chance of getting away. Of all the cruelty to animals I have witnessed in this world, good old Canadians commit the worst. Shame on all Canadians to allow this to happen. Where are all the so-called friendly kind Canadians? Steven Harper should take his wife and kids out on a slaughter and have them horrified for the rest of their lives.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Pleased Additional Year everyone! :)

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

[...] The Canadian sealing industry is on the hunt again — this time they are back in on a desperate hunt to find consumers for the seal products that the EU—and many other countries—have flatly rejected. [...]

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

[...] The Canadian sealing industry is on the hunt again — this time they are back in on a desperate hunt to find consumers for the seal products that the EU - and many other countries - have flatly rejected. [...]

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I have been supporting the seal fur ban since I was a young woman of 20.(now 52) I am astonished that this debate is still going on and realize that boycotting seal fur and hitting people in their wallets will be the only way out of this mess. Why not invest in the place so the people can have an alternative source of income. We can't simply put them out of business but perhaps we can give them incentive to do something else entirely. Keep up the good work!

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Sheryl Fink, Sheryl Fink. Sheryl Fink said: I still don't see what could possibly be deemed "immoral" by the EU saying "Thanks but we don't want your dead seals"? http://bit.ly/90wGsr [...]

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