again, Canadian sealers have been authorized to kill 400,000 harp seals off
Newfoundland in the upcoming commercial seal slaughter.
thankfully, as a result of the European Union ban on trade in products of
commercial seal hunts that was implemented several years ago, many sealers
haven't participated in the slaughter in recent years -- and more than one
million baby seals have been spared as a result. But the EU ban is being
revised and special interest groups are pushing hard to weaken
and Norway challenged the ban at the Word Trade Organization (WTO). The WTO
ruled largely in favor of the EU, but took issue with some of the exemptions in
the ban. In response, the European Commission presented a good proposal to make
the ban more compliant with WTO regulations and the European Parliament and EU
Member States will vote on this proposal in the coming months.