PM Warns EU Over Seal Ban

Published: Wednesday, 07/16/2008 12:00 am EDT

On the heels of last week's G8 leaders' summit in Japan, Prime Minister Stephen Harper warned European Union members to tread carefully in deciding whether to restrict or ban the import of seal products. He delivered the message to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso , reiterating that Canada is committed to promoting humane, sustainable and regulated seal hunts. The commission is to meet on July 23 to decide on whether to ban skins from Canada. Canada has already brought a complaint over Dutch and Belgian bans to the World Trade Organization.

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