North West MEP votes for stronger EU crackdown on “barbaric” trade in seal products

Labour MEPs will vote this week to strengthen the EU ban on the trade in seal products, aligning it with World Trade Organisation (WTO) standards.

North West MEP Theresa Griffin said:

“Since the existing EU ban came into force in 2009, two million seals have been saved from being clubbed to death or shot and left to bleed to death.

“Millions more seals will continue to be saved from this gruesome and barbaric practice by a reinforced EU ban.

“The only way such bans work is through cooperation and international action, and on issues like this the EU has led the way, reflecting Europe’s, and the world’s, concerns on animal rights.”

The European Parliament is expected to back the proposals in a vote tomorrow.