International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

April 25, 2013 08:28 ET

Media Advisory: European Court of Justice to Rule Today on Whether EU Seal Ban Must Be Scrapped, Amended or Upheld

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwired - April 25, 2013) -

Who: EU Court of Justice
What: Deliver ruling on legality of implementing measures of the EU Seal Ban
Where: European Court of Justice in Luxembourg
When: 9h30 - Thursday, April 25th, 2013

The European Court of Justice will rule today on the legal basis of the implementing measures of the EU seal trade regulation. As part of the plea the court will also rule on the legal basis of the EU seal trade regulation itself.

IFAW and the millions of Europeans who campaigned to end the EU's role in the inherently cruel commercial seal hunt hope that the result will be positive. There are a number of possible outcomes of the court case. The legal challenge could be thrown out, the existing seal trade regulation could be annulled or the court could decide that either the seal trade regulation or the implementation regulation must be amended.

The court decision comes as the EU seal trade regulation is being challenged at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The second hearing is scheduled for April 29th and 30th, 2013 in Geneva. A final decision from the WTO is expected in October, 2013.

Sheryl Fink, Director of IFAW's Seal Campaign, is available to comment on the decision of the EU Court of Justice.

The original plea appearedhere in the Official Journal of the EU:

High resolution photo and video of commercial sealing are available from

IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) was established in 1969 and its founding campaign was in opposition to Canada's commercial seal hunt. IFAW has more than 40 years of experience raising awareness, documenting and opposing the cruel commercial hunts for seals in Canada and around the world.

Contact Information

  • For further information or to schedule interviews:
    Michelle Cliffe, IFAW Canada
    +1 647 986 4329
    @IFAWCanada or @MichelleCliffe