Animal Rights

Canada to Appeal EU Ban on Seal Products

WTO allowing it because of "public moral concerns" (code for "seals are cute").

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The federal government plans to appeal a ruling by the World Trade Organization that a European Union ban on seal products undermines international trade obligations but is justified due to "public moral concerns" over the animals' welfare.

The ruling was hailed by animal rights' activists but panned by advocates of Canada's seal hunt, saying the ban contravenes trade regulations and discriminates against Inuit peoples.