WTO’s recognition of animal welfare as a moral ground to legislate on trade welcomed
Posted on 25/11/2013
Today the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade Dispute Panel has recognised the fact that animal welfare can be used as a moral ground to regulate trade. In its initial report published today the arguments used in the complaint brought by Canada and Norway against the European Union regulation forbidding the placing on the market of seal products derived from commercial hunts have been rejected.
The concerns raised by EU citizens are shared by those in other countries which have also introduced prohibitions on the trade in commercial seal products such as Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, the US, Taiwan and Mexico and Canada and Norway should recognize this.
Eurogroup for Animals is of the opinion that Canada and Norway should now close the dispute and not appeal the decision.