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Extracts from the press conference by Stavros Dimas on the ban on trading of seal products

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At a press conference on 23 July 2008 in Brussels, Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, presented the Commission's proposal to ban trade of seal products. As seal hunting is likely to continue, trade in seal products would be allowed only where guarantees can be provided that animal-welfare-friendly hunting techniques were used and that the animals did not suffer unnecessarily. In those countries where seal hunting will continue, this guarantee would be established via a certification scheme which will ensure that seal products traded are clearly indicated as coming from a country meeting strict conditions. Scientific opinion indicates that seals can be killed rapidly and effectively by a number of methods without causing avoidable pain, distress and suffering. Evidence also shows that effective killing does not always happen in practice. The aim of the Commission's proposal is to uphold the high standards of animal welfare.
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Type: EbS   Reference: 58674   Date: 23/07/2008   Duration: 00:03:48
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