Canadian Inuit Suing European Union over Last Year's Ban on Seal Products

BRUSSELS, Jan. 15 (UPI) — The European Union is being sued by Canadian Inuit over last year’s ban on seal products.

The cultural group Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami filed the suit in Brussels Thursday seeking to overturn the EU’s Sept. 16 decision that banned European imports of seal skins and meat, the Canwest News Service reported.

The group’s president, Mary Simon, was scathing in the news release announcing the suit.

“It is bitterly ironic that the EU, which seems entirely at home with promoting massive levels of agribusiness and the raising and slaughtering of animals in highly industrialized conditions, seeks to preach some kind of selective elevated morality to Inuit,” Simon said.

The European Parliament voted 550-49 in September to ban seal products, largely based on animal rights activists’ lobbying on the commercial shooting and clubbing methods used to kill the seals.

Curiously, the EU ban does not apply to Inuit seal products, but Simon said their market was affected regardless, the EUobserver reported.

The Canadian government has also filed a challenge to the ban with the World Trade Organization.

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