The actor has written a letter urging the World Trade Organisation to uphold the ban
Jude Law has urged the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to uphold a European Union ban on the sale of seal fur.
The campaigning actor has teamed up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and written a letter to the global trade body, which is expected to overturn the Europe-wide ban on the sale of seal fur following a final hearing on the issue in Geneva on 29th April.
The EU ban came into place in 2010 amid concerns about the animal welfare aspects of hunting seals, but this is now being challenged by the Canadian government and the Fur Institute of Canada who say that the ban has had an impact on their seal trade.
In the letter, which comes just days after the start of Canada’s annual seal pup cull, Jude appeals to the WTO that the ban should be upheld and states that it is ‘in line with the wishes of compassionate people all around the world’.
He also states that ‘even local sentiment [in Canada] is turning’ and that it’s ‘inherently cruel to bash in the heads of baby seals when they’re only weeks old’. He signs off the correspondence with the following: ‘Rather than using the WTO to prop up a dying industry, Canada should pursue a buyout of the commercial sealing industry – a move that would help both seals and sealers’.
Mexico, Taiwan, the US and Russia also currently hold seal fur import bans. To find out more about the issue visit the PETA website.