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Jude Law Calls On WTO To Uphold EU Seal-Fur Ban

For Immediate Release:

20 April 2013

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Ben Williamson +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 229; BenW@peta.org.uk

 London – Actor Jude Law has appealed to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on PETA's behalf urging it to uphold the EU-wide ban on seal fur. The WTO's final hearing on the issue will be held in Geneva on April 29. Law's letter comes just days after the start of Canada's annual baby-seal slaughter. Because of the worldwide outcry, all major markets have banned seal-fur imports, including the EU, Mexico, Taiwan, the US and even Russia, which had been importing 95 per cent of Canada's seal fur. The Canadian government is challenging the EU ban as a last-ditch effort to revive the trade, even though local sentiment is turning and lack of markets has led Canadian officials to examine seriously whether the slaughter should end.

Law's letter to the WTO follows. For more information about the annual Canadian baby-seal slaughter, please visit PETA.org.uk.