• Kelowna's Homepage
  • Vernon's Homepage

Banning seal products?

A hearing of Ottawa's appeal of a World Trade Organization ruling that upheld the European Union's ban on imported seal products is set to begin Monday.

Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq says she will argue the seal harvest is humane, sustainable and well-regulated when she appears before the WTO in Geneva for the three-day hearing.

A WTO dispute settlement panel upheld the EU's ban on imported seal products in November, citing public moral concerns for animal welfare.

Aglukkaq says critics of the harvest are basing their opinions on myths, misinformation and misguided emotion.

Animal rights advocates say the commercial hunt is a needless slaughter and have called the trade ruling a major victory that protects aboriginal hunts.

But others, including Inuit hunters, have said the European ban and others like it all but wipe out major international markets.

The commercial seal hunt off Newfoundland last spring landed about 91,000 harp seals, up from 69,000 the year before but far short of the federal quota of 400,000.


Comments on this story are pre-moderated and approval times may vary. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.

Recent Trending