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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Germany to Ban Seal Trade

The German government has decided to forward the draft bill for a national trade ban on all seal products to the EU Commission. All the Commission has to do is verify that the bill is in compliance with European legislation and with global commercial law. Germany's ban will join similar measures in Belgium, the Netherlands, Croatia and Slovenia, Mexico and the US. Similar legislation is expected in Austria and Italy.

Germany’s national ban on seal products comes just one month before Canada’s commercial seal hunt is set to begin off the east coast of Canada. Last year, more than 224,000 harp seals were killed, 98.5% of which were under 3 months of age.

I had no idea so many of the dead were just babies.


Photo by Dave Ward.

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