European Court of Justice Throws Out Seal Killers Appeal

(BRUSSELS)—The Court of Justice of the European Union, has dismissed an appeal by commercial sealing and fur trade interests and some Inuit representatives. The appeal sought to overturn the European General Court’s 2011 decision that the applicants’ action against the EU ban was inadmissible.

The EU’s decision to ban trade in cruel products of commercial seal slaughter remains an entirely democratic and legitimate action. The appellants simply do not have legal standing to challenge this legislative act, which came into being through the EU’s complex and highly democratic decision-making system.

“In their attempt to have their challenge deemed admissible, the appellants claimed that Regulation (EC) 1007/2009 on trade in seal products was a regulatory act, rather than a legislative one. It is an affront to EU democratic processes to argue that the ban, which was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union under the co-decision procedure, was not a legislative act.”


  • In April 2013, the European General Court rejected a separate action brought by commercial sealing industry interests and Inuit representatives, which sought to annul the European Commission Regulation that provides detailed rules for the implementation of the EU ban on trade in seal products.
  • An appeal to this decision was lodged in July 2013.
  • A separate application to have the EU seal product trade ban overturned was rejected in April 2010

GreenEcoPeace with Tommy an English Bullmastiff our mascot, along with IFAW, Sea Shepherd and campaigners protesting against the despicable seal slaughter, outside of the Canadian Embassy, No 5 Trafalgar Square, London, W1.

Follow your conscious and please write or email to:- 

Please write to the Prime Ministers Office Canada, Office of the Prime Minister, 80 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Canada, K1A 0A2.


The Honourable Loyola Hearn at:- House of Commons Canada, Minister of Fisheries & Oceans, Parliament Buildings, Wellington Street, Ottawa, Canada, K1A 0A6.



Fisheries & Oceans Canada, Communication Branch, 200 Kent Street, 13th Floor, Stations 13228, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0E6.


and tell them to stop this mass killing, of our innocent endangered seals, now! Thank you

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