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.
The Murmansk Economic Zone was presented as a miracle cure for regional development and as key facility for the Shtokman project. Today, five years on, regional authorities put their faith in the fish industry.
Renowned Norwegian actress Gørild Mauseth is in the leading role when actors and producers from the Gorky Dramatic Theatre in Vladivostok come to Harstad to present a unique version of Tolsoy’s classic play Anna Karenina.
Nuclear safety projects in the Murmansk region wouldn’t be the same without her contribution. Finnish European Parliament Member Heidi Hautala is today one of 89 Europeans barred from Russia in response to EU sanctions over Crimea and Ukraine.
Wistleblower Edward Snowden is winner of this year’s recognized Bjørnson Award, but Norwegian authorities are unlikely to guarantee his safe travel to the award ceremony. The former CIA employee should instead be handed over the award in Pechenga, the Russian borderlands to Norway, a Norwegian university lecturer suggests.