Before the vote IFAW-Staff emphasized their demand for a ban with a giant
inflatable seal in front of the Parliament in Vienna. Politicians of the Green
Party and the Socialdemocratic Party were present to show their support.
Following Croatia, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, Austria is
the sixth European country to introduce a national ban on seal products.
Austrian minister for the environment, Josef Pröll (ÖVP), stated that he will
also work for a ban on EU-level. National bans also exist in the USA and Mexico.