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EU Parliament passes seal product import ban. Overwhelming majority signals end to era of cruelty. The seal hunting industry suffered a crushing blow yesterday, when the European Parliament voted 550 to 49 in favour of banning the trade of all seal products within the EU. This marked an end to 40 years of campaigning by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to stop Canada’s commercial seal-hunting. “The Parliament has hammered the final nail in the coffin of the sealing industry’s market in the EU” said the Director of IFAW EU, Lesley O’Donnell.

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EU Parliament passes seal product import ban

Published on Tuesday, 5th May, 2009 at 22:53 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Overwhelming majority signals end to era of cruelty.

Baby harp seal pup
Baby harp seal pup
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Decisive victory

The seal hunting industry suffered a crushing blow yesterday, when the European Parliament voted 550 to 49 in favour of banning the trade of all seal products within the EU. This marked an end to 40 years of campaigning by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to stop Canada’s commercial seal-hunting.

“The Parliament has hammered the final nail in the coffin of the sealing industry’s market in the EU” said the Director of IFAW EU, Lesley O’Donnell.

According to the organisation, this is evidence that the tens of thousands of emails, postcards, and messages sent to MEP’s by IFAW supporters across Europe have been heeded.

“From Mexico City to Milan and all the way to Moscow, the world is uniting in opposition to commercial seal hunts” she continued.

Affects Norway and Canada

Norway’s fisheries advisor Paul Oma, who was part of the Norwegian EU delegation following the voting in Strasbourg, was disappointed with the result.

“The EU has passed a resolution purely on the basis of feelings rather than fact. It will have negative consequences for both the Norwegian seal-hunting business and Norway’s resource management as a whole” he told the Norwegian News Agency (NTB).

According to the agency, with vets on board each of its sealing boats, Norway’s government is of the opinion that their hunting practices are the most humane in the world.

Canada catches approximately ten times as many seals as Norway, and has been the IFAW campaign’s main opponent.

“A complete collapse of Canada’s commercial seal hunt may now be inevitable”, O’Donnell said.

Both countries have signalled that they will appeal to the World Trade Organisation about yesterday’s ruling.



Published on Tuesday, 5th May, 2009 at 22:53 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: seal, hunting, norway, canada, cruelty, ban, eu, parliament, government.





  
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