A step closer to a ban on seal products
Yesterday MEPs on the Internal Market and Consumer Rights (IMCO) Committee agreed to a ban on the import of seal products deriving from commercial culls.
A majority of 25 MEPs to seven on IMCO voted to strengthen the Commission's proposal calling for an outright ban of products imported from commercial sealing.
Notwithstanding an attempt by Yorkshire & Humber Liberal Democrat MEP, Diana Wallis, who in a failed attempt tried to water down the proposal pushed for a mere labelling scheme, only seven MEPs voted against the report, siding instead with the Canadian hunting and sealing lobby.
This is a sensitive issue, which is close to the hearts of many constituents. It is vitally important for the EU to take a strong stance against this cruel practice and set a global precedent for the banning of seal products from the spring cull.
Indeed, with such a large majority in favour in committee, we can hope that support for the ban will be reinforced when it reaches the full parliament vote next month.
Thank you to all of you who have written to me on this matter and please be assured that I will continue to support a ban in the final vote in the Parliament.