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Norway contests EU seal trade ban. Claims ban contravenes WTO rules. On 04 May, the European Parliament voted to outlaw the seal product trade within the EU, ending the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) 40 year campaign to stop commercial seal hunting. This hasn’t stopped the Norwegian government contesting the decision, however. Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre views the ban as a contravention of the WTO’s own rules, and has now formally requested that the organisation settles the dispute.

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Norway contests EU seal trade ban

Published on Monday, 9th November, 2009 at 17:55 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Claims ban contravenes WTO rules.

Seal portrait
Seal portrait
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On 04 May, the European Parliament voted to outlaw the seal product trade within the EU, ending the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) 40 year campaign to stop commercial seal hunting.

This hasn’t stopped the Norwegian government contesting the decision, however. Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre views the ban as a contravention of the WTO’s own rules, and has now formally requested that the organisation settles the dispute.

“This is an important matter of principle for the Government. Seal hunting is an integral part of the Norwegian marine mammal policy and fisheries management regime,” State Secretary Vidar Ulriksen of the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs says in a press release.

The government argues that its hunting practices are amongst the most humane in the world, and claims the ban undermines Norway’s possibilities to carry out a sound, ecosystem-based management of natural resources.



Published on Monday, 9th November, 2009 at 17:55 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norway, contest, seal, hunting, ban, inhumane, protest, jonas, gahr, stoere, wto.





  
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