May 22, 2014 11:41 ET
Confirms Rights of Nations to Prohibit Trade in Products of Cruelty to Animals
MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - May 22, 2014) - The World Trade Organization has ruled in regards to the Canadian and Norwegian appeal of a 2013 WTO Panel decision in favour of the European Union ban on seal product trade. Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of Humane Society International Canada, had the following response:
"This landmark ruling upholds the right of the European Union to ban trade in products of commercial seal hunts. This is one of the most significant developments in the campaign to save the seals. The EU ban has already saved more than one million baby seals in Canada from a horrible fate. This decision confirms that global markets for products of commercial seal hunts are closed and commercial sealing has no future. Commercial sealing is on its way out and the only question is where we go from here. A responsible government would take action now to put a final end to the commercial seal slaughter and compensate sealers through a fair sealing industry buyout. Such a plan has broad support amongst sealers and would cost Canadians far less than continuing to prop up the commercial seal hunt with government subsidies. It is time the Canadian government stops wasting taxpayers dollars on a futile battle to preserve this cruel and outdated slaughter."
Humane Society International/Canada is a leading force for animal protection, with active programs in companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, marine mammal preservation, farm animal welfare and animals in research. HSI/Canada is proud to be a part of Humane Society International which, together with its partners, constitutes one of the world's largest animal protection organizations. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide - on the Web at www.hsicanada.ca
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