This post links to my previous post: http://emynow.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/protect-harp-seals-they-deserve-to-live-and-play/
Nova Scotia’s Hay Island is on the east coast of Canada. For many years an annual slaughtering of Grey Seals has taken place in this “off the beaten track” location.
This slaughter usually goes unnoticed by the world. Although it is on a smaller scale to the rest of Canada, the nature of the slaughter is the same. Fishermen bludgeon to death recently weaned, defenseless seal pups only for their fur!
In 2012 and 2013 the Hay-island-Nova-Scotia-seal-hunt was cancelled. In all probability this commercial seal hunt will be called off again this year, 2014, as the demand for seal products has decreased.
Why is this? Well, we have to thank both: The European Union (EU) and The World Trade Organisation (WTO)
The EU implemented a ban on seal product trade within its own countries in August 2010. Then on April 25 2013, the European General Court upheld the EU trade regulation on seal products. In a clear, strongly worded decision the court dismissed any concerns that either the EU seal trade regulation, or its implementation, lacked a legal basis.
Of course Canada and Norway, the main providers of seal pelts, challenged this ban.
In response to this challenge, on 25 November 2013, the WTO upheld the EU’s decision on the basis of a “public morals” clause. In other words, the EU can ban the trade in seal products on the basis of public moral concerns over animal welfare. A total of 34 countries now ban the trade in seal products, including the 28 countries of the EU, Russia and the US.
Excellent additional reads:
- EU ban on seal trade upheld on ‘moral’ grounds (express.co.uk)
- WTO Releases Ruling on EU Seal Products Ban (sys-con.com)
- HSI Applauds the World Trade Organization for Upholding EU Seal Products Trade Ban (sys-con.com)