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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