Sealing industry suffers another significant blow in the EU

The court ruled that the case was inadmissible as the applicants did not demonstrate a relevant legal basis for their application, and were not sufficiently directly and individually concerned by the Regulation to have standing. The International Fund for Animal Welfare is thrilled to report that the European General Court has dismissed a challenge against the EU ban on seal products.

The case, put forward by several key players in the Canadian and Norwegian sealing industries and several Inuit interests, was asking the European Court to annul the regulation prohibiting the marketing of products from commercial seal hunts throughout the European Union.

The court ruled that the case was inadmissible as the applicants did not demonstrate a relevant legal basis for their application, and were not sufficiently directly and individually concerned by the Regulation to have standing. A second application by the same group, challenging the conditions required for the placing of seal products on the EU market, is still pending hearing before the court.

This is just one of many challenges the EU seal product ban will have to face, but the decision is a positive step in maintaining this important legislation that we have fought so hard to achieve. IFAW’s seal team in the EU will continue to defend the EU ban and that hard-won victory for seals.

Our global teams remain focused on reducing demand for seal products, shutting down markets and exposing the cruelty of commercial seal hunts. There are no easy wins when you’re fighting governments and commercial industries with deep pockets, but the result of this case is one more small victory that I hope you will join us in applauding. -Sheryl Fink 

Comments: 2

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

Hi,
I read the news item with interest, on the surface of it I thought it was a harsh judgment, that was until I read the Court report in full. Now, I agree with the Court's assessment.
The way the story was presented in the item I read was one of conflict between the traditional values and life style of the Inuit indians and the ethics of animal use. However, paragraph 85 of the judgment makes it clear that The Canadian Seal Marketing Group were hiding behind the emotive cultural/indigenous issues to try and market the products of non-Inuit hunting and trapping.
I want to ask the question: What would the IFAW's stance be on (if this were possible) allowing genuine and traditionally hunted Inuit seal products access to the EU market? Would the IFAW respect the rights of indigenous peoples to pursue the activities of birthright; somewhat akin to the Maoris in New Zealand?
My interests morally, professionally and ethically based, I am a veteriarian who is studying law and ethics and I have for a long time advocated for the ethical treatment of farm animals.

Kind regards.

Jude Dawson

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

that is awesome. It is about time people stood up for helpless animals in the world. That should include the dolphins in Japan

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