The European Union’s ban dates back to 2009 with the main arguments that seal hunting was inhuman and a threat to seal welfare.
Norway and Canada brought the EU ban in for the World Trade Organization (WTO) arguing that their seal hunting indeed was human. Norway also argues that seal hunting is a needed part of the country’s management of marine resources. No seal hunting means more seals that threaten the stocks of fish. In November last year WTO ruled in favor of the EU arguments, but both Canada and Norway have now desided to appeal.
No date is set for examining the ruling, but such appeals are normally looked into within three months.
In a 122 pages big report, Brussels argues that the EU public overwhelmingly supports the ban, and that scientific evidence back claims that slaughter methods, such as using a club with a metal spike on it to stun seals before killing them, are cruel.
Ottawa and Oslo also claim the EU’s ban is discriminatory since seal products from Sweden and Finland are not banned. Both Finland and Sweden are EU members.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.