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Norway fights on against sealing ban. The Norwegian government is challenging the EU-imposed ban on trading seal products. Norway has asked the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to establish a dispute settlement panel, joining Canada’s demands for the same from 11th February. The EU Parliament voted by an overwhelming majority to veto the trading of seal products within the Union almost two years ago, much to the delight of animal welfare activists around the world.

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Norway fights on against sealing ban

Published on Wednesday, 16th March, 2011 at 11:44 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

The Norwegian government is challenging the EU-imposed ban on trading seal products.

Mother seal voicing displeasure
Mother seal voicing displeasure
Photo: NOAA/Wikimedia Commons


Norway has asked the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to establish a dispute settlement panel, joining Canada’s demands for the same from 11th February.

The EU Parliament voted by an overwhelming majority to veto the trading of seal products within the Union almost two years ago, much to the delight of animal welfare activists around the world.

The issue has not remained dormant, however, with the recent announcement following initial warnings by Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, Lisbeth Berg-Hansen, that Norway would be appealing against the ban.

“We consider the EU ban on trade in seal products to be in conflict with WTO rules, and would like a WTO dispute settlement panel to make an independent assessment,” says Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, the Honourable Gail Shea, says she welcomes Norway’s request.

“We are encouraged by Norway's decision to join Canada in requesting the establishment of a dispute settlement panel by the WTO. Canada welcomes Norway's support for our position that the European Union's ban on seal products is groundless. Our Government has consistently and firmly maintained that the Canadian seal hunt is safe, sustainable and economically legitimate.”

The minister argues thousands of families every year in remote coastal and northern communities rely upon income from sealing, promising the government will “continue to ensure that Canadians have the opportunity to harvest seals in a safe, sustainable and humane manner.”

Norway views consultations with the EU about its embargo, which entered into force on 20th August last year, to have been unsatisfactory, believeing it is groundless.

“For the Norwegian authorities, this issue involves important principles, such as our right to sustainably harvest our living marine resources and to sell products derived from hunting and fishing,” Lisbeth Berg-Hansen says.



Published on Wednesday, 16th March, 2011 at 11:44 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: eusealingban, lisbethberg-hansen, jonasgahrstoere, thehonourablegailshea, wto, worldtradeorganisation.





  
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