The Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) has dismissed an appeal out of Canada relating to the its ban on Canadian seal products.
The news came in a statement out of Luxembourg Thursday.
In 2009, the European Parliament originally decided to disallow seal products from Canada into the European market, except in the case where the products were the result of traditional hunts of aboriginal groups, helping those communities to survive.
“Taking the view that that rule adversely affects their economic interests, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, an association representing the interests of Canadian Inuits, and a number of other parties (seal product manufacturers and traders of various nationalities) applied to the General Court for the annulment of the basic regulation,” the court notice reads.
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On Sept. 6, 2011, the EU General Court — the court reviewing actions taken against EU institutions — dismissed the attempt to have the seal ban tossed.
That decision was then appealed, leading to the ruling announced this week.
Legal wranglings around the ban have been focused on whether or not the challenge by the Canadians to the law was possible, as opposed to looking at whether or not seal pelts and other products should be allowed into the EU.