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
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
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