The EU has been a primary market for the Canadian sealing industry, accounting for about one-third of reported seal skin exports. Globally, the EU accounts for one quarter of the world trade in seal products.
“The European Union has made history by ending its trade in seal products,” said Rebecca Aldworth, director of Humane Society International/Canada. “This ban spells the beginning of the end of Canada’s globally condemned seal slaughter.”
* photo by Nigel Barker