Media Advisory - Seals and Sealing Network Spokespersons Available to Discuss Upcoming WTO Panel Ruling on EU Seal Ban

OTTAWA, Nov. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Representatives of Canada's sealing community are available to discuss the consequences of an upcoming Report from the World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Panel on the trade in Canadian seal products. The Dispute Settlement Panel is expected to release its Report on Canada and Norway's complaint against the European Union seal ban on November 25th, and will most likely reiterate the mixed results of its confidential interim report, which found that the ban violates WTO rules by unfairly discriminating between seal products from Canada and those of the European Union. However, the interim report also found that the EU could justify the ban under an exception that allows for the protection of "public morals."

Canada's sealing community is a vital part of the economy, and a mainstay for thousands of families who hunt and utilize seals in Canada's coastal communities. The harsh nature of the hunt has garnered international attention, threatening the way of life of these hardworking rural families.

Without regulated hunting, an out-of-control seal population would have to be culled or it will continue to severely impact fish stocks. Canada's sealing community remains committed to supporting a sustainable industry and providing market demand for seal products including pelts, Omega-3 oils, and meat for human consumption.

SOURCE: Seals and Sealing Network

For further information:

For images, broadcast quality video, or to speak with a representative from Canada's sealing community, please contact:

Gil Theriault
Seals and Sealing Network
directeur@chasseursdephoques.com
1-418.937-9222

Mathew Klie-Cribb
NATIONAL Public Relations
mklie-cribb@national.ca
1-613-790-9462

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