Canadian Inuit Sue EU To Overturn Seal Products Ban

Law360, New York (January 13, 2010, 6:29 PM EST) -- Canadian Inuit on Wednesday sued the European Union seeking to overturn a near-total ban on the import of seal products into EU countries, saying a “shrill” campaign by anti-sealing lobby groups lacked valid conservation arguments.

The lawsuit, filed in the European General Court, seeks the annulment of EU regulations that read in part "seals are sentient beings that can experience pain, distress, fear and other forms of suffering" and bans the import, export and sale of all harp and hooded seal products.

"Inuit have been hunting...
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