EU bans seal furs

I admit this news is not greatly connected to the chemical industry (except maybe a slight demand decline for dyes and other textile materials) but I can’t resist posting it.

The Fur Institute of Canada (FIC) is bristling at yesterday’s European Union proposal to ban the import of seal products, stating that Canada has overly abundant seal populations and the ban is inconsistent with World Trade Organization agreements for fair trade.

“The proposed legislation is discriminatory in its treatment of different sealing practices and different sealing peoples. If passed, a ban targeting commercial sealing will disrupt world markets for all seal products and will cause financial and social hardships to all isolated communities that rely on the trade.”

FIC said the European Food Safety Authority released a study late last year recognizing that Canadian sealing is in large part conducted humanely.

According to the European Commission, the aim of the proposal is to uphold high standards of animal welfare.

FYI, the Fur Council of Canada is promoting aggressively that natural-based furs are greener than synthetics (and here’s our green angle!). Below is a video from the Council’s website promoting their new ad campaign FurIsGreen.



One Response to EU bans seal furs

  1. Cruelty is NOT green 24 July, 2008 at 9:09 pm #

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