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 

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Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Director, France and Francophone Africa
Director, France and Francophone Africa
Sheryl Fink, Campaign Director, Canadian Wildlife
Campaign Director, Canadian Wildlife
Sonja Van Tichelen, Vice President of International Operations
Vice President of International Operations