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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Belgium says No to Seal Imports

Back in January, Belgium became the first EU country to ban the import of all seal products.

According to EUROSTAT, Belgium imported in 2005 articles made of seal furskin for a value of 3.5 million euros from non-EU countries and for 1.3 million euros from EU Member States. It exported seal furskin products to other EU countries for a value of 3.4 million euros. The imported seal oil had a value of 4,867 euros.

Before this, EU countries had only taken some steps in this direction by either instituting temporary bans, partial bans, or simply "urging" bans.

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