JUST IN: In a landmark ruling for animals, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has decided to uphold the right to ban importing seal products into the European Union. This is a massive victory for compassion, and brings us one step closer to the day when no more baby seals will be shot or beaten to death on Canada’s ice floes.
The ban on importing seal fur into the EU was first put in place in 2010, but the Canadian and Norwegian governments were trying to get it overturned, in a … Read more.
Last week, Canada and Norway made their case against the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) ruling to uphold the EU’s ban on seal-fur imports.
PETA UK’s own Kirsty Henderson was there in Geneva, representing our tens of thousands of members across Europe who want no part in Canada’s commercial seal slaughter.
Pamela Anderson, Jude Law and Rhys Ifans have also spoken out against the bloody seal fur industry.
Canada continues to try to justify its cruel commercial seal slaughter by hiding behind the Inuit seal hunt, which is fully exempt from the … Read more.
Welsh actor Rhys Ifans is known for his portrayal of quirky characters, in films from Notting Hill to Harry Potter. But now he’s taken on a deadly serious role – as an advocate for Canada’s seals.
Rhys has just penned a letter to the World Trade Organisation urging it to uphold a ban on importing seal fur from Canada into the EU. Calling Canada’s commercial seal slaughter “inherently inhumane”, he points out that young seals have their skulls violently smashed or are shot – all for a dying industry that has … Read more.
In 2010, Apple blocked an app that let players beat, shoot and kill virtual seals, but saving “seals” is fair game. Today, Apple launched a free iPhone app called Seals Hero, which allows users to save seals from Canada’s annual slaughter, highlighting how younger generations look at seals as wonders of nature, without any desire to hunt them or beat them to death with a stick.
The gaming gurus at Australia-based Maiko Enterprises describe the app best:
Your mission is to save seals. You will control Cid, a smart, energetic, non-violent
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Yesterday, in a move that genuinely put animal welfare first, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruled that the EU ban on the import of seal fur and other products because of “moral concerns” is legal.
The WTO was not impressed by Canada’s far-fetched claim that the commercial seal slaughter can somehow be humane, meaning that Canada’s desperate attempt to revive the archaic and cruel practice of bludgeoning baby seals to death may have finally died. This victory comes on the heels of pleas from tens of thousands of PETA supporters and letters … Read more.
A senior zookeeper at Bristol Zoo has allegedly lashed out violently and punched a fur seal, simply because the animal put a flipper on a set of scales. It’s an upsetting headline, but it shouldn’t really come as a surprise when you consider that, to zoos, animals are simply commodities, to be imprisoned and exhibited for money.
Seals, sea lions and countless other intelligent, sensitive animals kept in zoos endure routine abuse. Locked in cages and forced to perform, they are denied not only their freedom but also the opportunity to … Read more.
“As an actor who will always consider Britain home, I was proud to learn that the European Union has banned seal-fur imports. In light of next week’s seal-products dispute hearing, I’m writing to urge the panel to uphold this ban, which is in line with the wishes of compassionate people all around the world, including the majority of European citizens.”
So wrote Jude Law to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), as it decides whether to overturn the European Union’s ban on importing seal fur at a final hearing in Geneva this week.… Read more.
Actor and animal rights campaigner Pamela Anderson just made a heartfelt appeal, urging the World Trade Organization (WTO) to uphold the EU’s ban on seal-fur imports.
As the baby-seal slaughter approaches, Pamela points out that there is no longer any market for seal fur, nor any justification for this cruel industry, in which sealers shoot and bash in the heads of helpless seals when they are just weeks old.
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As a proud Canadian, I’m saddened that Canada is trying to use the WTO to
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Today, Canada is allowing sealers in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to stalk baby seals across the ice, smash their heads in with clubs, ram hooks into their eyes or mouths, and drag them back to the boats, despite the fact that there’s no market for the seal fur. They will also rip the skin off the seals’ bodies while some of the animals are still alive. But you can help stop it – and it can be as simple as taking to Twitter.
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Since 1996, the Canadian government has poured millions of dollars a year into subsidising the commercial seal slaughter and marketing the fur and flesh of baby harp seals. But all that money isn’t doing any good – the seal industry continues to collapse.
Since the European Union banned the import of seal products in 2010, Canada has fought with it, the World Trade Organization and anyone else it could think of to have the ban overturned – so far without any luck. Canada tried to go … Read more.