EU Seal Ban Takes Effect

On August 20, the EU ban on seal product trade came into effect. While the ban does not have the total protection animal activists had hoped for, this ban is definitely worth celebrating.

The current ban does remove a primary market for the global commercial sealing industry. Sadly, one complication surfaced before the ban took place — a temporary suspension exempting a group of commercial and Inuit sealing interests for a few weeks, pending a hearing.

Over the past few weeks, animal activists expressed their concern with some conditions of the ban, especially the lack of protection for harp seals.

With so many people in support of protecting seals — millions of people in Europe, 550 elected Members of the European Parliament, and 24 European countries who voted in favor of the ban — all wish to see trade in seal products put to an end.

Thank you to all the Care2 members and animal activists who continue to fight for seals. While there are some flaws, this ban is a major step forward in protecting these animals. This bit of good news gives us hope for better seal protection and a complete ban of seal products in the future.

 

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257 comments

Waltraud U.
Waltraud AWAY U.4 years ago

THANK YOU FOR ARTICLE AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SOOTHED WORDS:

"This bit of good news gives us hope for better seal protection and a complete ban of seal products in the future."

Marlene Dinkins
Marlene Dinkins4 years ago

god start, good bigining. hope the whole world do thesame

jill bukovnik
jill Campbell4 years ago

I'm glad to see that the laws are starting to change in my generation. Since I was very young I have dreamt that the seals would be saved and protected from all humans everywhere.

My heart has always ached for our seals. Here's hoping that all the loop holes will be closed.

jill bukovnik
jill Campbell4 years ago

I'm glad to see that the laws are starting to change in my generation. Since I was very young I have dreamt that the seals would be saved and protected from all humans everywhere.

My heart has always ached for our seals. Here's hoping that all the loop holes will be closed.

Marleen P.
Marleen Paulus5 years ago

nice

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

FINALLY, some progress.

Canada, much as I love our sister country, should be royally ashamed of the practice of killing baby seals for their beautiful coats. It makes me physically sick, and I don't know how many years I've spent, petitioning to have it stopped. Canada is still trying to circumvent this law? SHAME ON CANADA.

Wirth G.
Gordon W.5 years ago

To Annne N.
PS. The "Farley Mowatt" belonged to Sea Shepherd Society.
Wirth, G

Wirth G.
Gordon W.5 years ago

To Anne N.
Canada has not banned the killing of baby seals, and is currently trying to negotiate a market for seal poducts with China because of the impending EU ban.
You are back to blaming the seals for the collaplse of the cod industry. The cod fishery failed from overfishing and poor mangagement by the Dept. of Oceans and Fisheries.
If we need to cull seals to save fish, perhaps we should start on the Orcas, all whales, sea lions and even grizzlies. The loss of all fisheries is from man's greed and interference.
I cannot even imagine how anyone who claims to be humane, can tear a baby from its mother, bash its head in with a club, and then skin it. I should also say, that these sealers are working under adverse conditions of weather, cold, ice, etc., and they don't have the time to check the pulse of each corpse before they skin it.
It cannot be humane if our laws prohibit the filming or even approaching the seal "hunt", and imposing huge fines for violations just to continue and protect this outrage.
Wirth, G

Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege5 years ago

It's a beginning!

Geiczné G. G.
Gyorgyi Geberan5 years ago

Maybe soon to be completed by babaállatok hideous murder . More and more people of good will to reach such news. There is a growing and increasingly express the anger against the killing of a fool . Maybe. Good luck and good luck to two members of the Care .