Major Victory for Seals! WTO Upholds EU’s Right to Ban Importation of Seal Fur

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JUST IN: In a landmark ruling for animals, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has decided to uphold the right to ban importing seal products into the European Union. This is a massive victory for compassion, and brings us one step closer to the day when no more baby seals will be shot or beaten to death on Canada’s ice floes.SEAL HAPPY copy

The ban on importing seal fur into the EU was first put in place in 2010, but the Canadian and Norwegian governments were trying to get it overturned, in a sinister attempt to force the cruel products of commercial seal slaughter onto a European public. The seal industry looks set to disappear, quite simply, because nobody wants to buy its unpleasant and unethical products. Canada has squandered millions in taxpayer dollars trying to prop it up and stained the country’s international reputation – but today’s wonderful news strikes another powerful blow against the bloody sealing business.

This is a watershed moment for animals, because it makes it clear that moral concerns –in this case, the blatant cruelty of shooting or clubbing seals to death for their skins – can triumph over so-called “trade interests” in an international court.

Kind people all over the world have been fighting to save the seals and as the WTO hearing unfolded, PETA was there every step of the way, to make the case for compassion. Special thanks go out to everyone who supported the campaigns of PETA and our international affiliates, including celebrities such as Pamela Anderson, Joan Jett, Iggy Pop, Ke$ha, and Jude Law and Rhys Ifans, who wrote to the WTO on behalf of PETA and our affiliates urging it to do the right thing.

Together we’re making the world a better place for animals. Thank you!


  • Stephen Phenix commented on May 22, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    It’s not a product off a shelf . It’s a living thing that deserves a live without pain , cruelty and death for nothing but a profit . Disgusting !

  • Garry R Moore commented on May 22, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Clearly, not a good outcome for international trade.

    Public morality basis could be used to block garment trade from Asian nations

    Use of young girls in Asia and Egypt to make carpets and low labour standards in garment production could be used to challenge trade in these products.

    In Egypt I visited a factory where girls 8-10 years of age made carpets – to a westerner it does give one pause to reflect on the morality of using young girls in this manner

    NGOs could do polling and create a mindset that the public opposes the trade in garment products due to public morality

    Moore, Garry R – Solutions Inc

  • Angela young commented on May 22, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    This is discussing these animals are 1 of the best animals in the world I’ve loved these animals since I can remember and wish I could do more to help them all I have to say is just leave them to be there not harming any one

  • Paul widmaier commented on May 22, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Thank you so much, im practically in tears of joy, its the first time ive laughed in months, im so overcome by WTO, i was dreding Norway getting what they wanted, but they didnt, what a statement, World Trade Organisation, thank you over and over again.

  • antona grady commented on May 22, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    These are living creatures, they have feelings like the rest of us… Breaks my heart why anyone would do this??

  • Ruth Roberts commented on May 22, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    It’s 2014 time to realise this is a barbaric thing to do that these animals feel live + love their other seals. People who do it are sick!!

  • hong yin commented on May 23, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Killing animal is wrong, the different is there is no law to protect them compared to human, just because they can’t speak. They have feeling, thinking, senses jist like human. Please stop this cruelty act. Killing animal is killing our sympathy, human no longer be nice to each other even own stranger, friend & even own family, because they were learned to think of ownself. From individual issue to society which later to country war. We have no feeling to other as long as is not our ownself. So please, listen to our heart and make a change by creating a beautiful world for our future generations.

  • Nicoletta commented on May 23, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Thank you PETA for giving us the potential and the instruments to gain these victories.
    As a farmacist I see everyday that in my university “scientists” kill animals all the time making them suffer.

    Humans eat loads of meat of every kind torturing animals…it is impossible to see that in my supermarkets live lobsters are imprisoned to be sold to the first that wants to boil them alive.

    I hope that you will help me to stop this cruelty, coz if I were an animal, I ‘d be really afraid to even walk on this wonderful planet that we are ruining.

    Nicoletta Bottini, Florence, Italy

  • Vivien Moorhouse commented on May 23, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    All Animals – Are Living Beings And Feel Pain – And Fear Every Bit As Much As We Do. – We Must All Continue To Fight For Everyone Of Them – No Matter What Part Of The World They Are Suffering In. They Have As Much Right To Live Freely In This World As Us Humans. There Is NEVER Any Excuse For Animal Cruelty.

  • Peter brenton commented on June 6, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    This is wonderful news. Now we also need to put an end to the vile fur trade in China

  • Muriel Servaege commented on June 28, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Good news for seals, for once. I have never understood why it was, year after year, so easy to kill so many baby animals, just for the sake of profit.

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