The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has a big reason to celebrate. Last week, the General Court of the European Union (EU) revoked its temporary suspension of the EU regulation banning the trade in seal products.
"We are pleased that the court has made the right decision and lifted the suspension. This ban is about the right of Europeans to say 'No' to products that stem from cruel and unnecessary hunts. IFAW will continue to work to defend this right and to defend the EU seal ban," said Lesley O'Donnell, IFAW's EU Director.
The EU ban is instrumental because it prohibits the trade in products of all commercial seal hunts in countries such as Canada, Namibia and Norway. Yet at the same time it protects sealing conducted by indigenous people.
"The applicants in the court case included most of the Canadian and Norwegian commercial sealing industry, and as such, had the suspension not ended there could be no guarantee to Europeans that they are not providing a market for products from cruel commercial seal hunts," said O'Donnell. "The European parliament had no desire to damage the Inuit traditional way of life and the EU ban specifically exempts Inuit seal products."
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