SNP member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith has today hailed a ruling by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva upholding the legality of the EU's ban on seal products.
This ruling was required after complaints were filed by Canada and Norway. Alyn has been a long-term and vocal advocate for the ban.
Before this ban came into force, Scotland was a major market for sealskin, largely for use in sporran production.
"This is a sensible decision by the WTO, and is an endorsement of the European Parliament's proportionate and workable ban.
"The seal hunt is a cruel and unnecessary activity, and while it is up to the Canadians to manage their own practices, it is right and proper that we close our market to products that are procured in this manner.
"People across Scotland - and the EU - made their views clear on this. I well remember the lobbying as we passed the legislation. Had the WTO ruled instead that we should not have put ethical concerns into practice, it would have been an appalling affront to democracy. I'm glad that the WTO backed our position."
The text of the WTO ruling can be found at the link below