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Jude Law Steps in to Save the Seals at a Crucial Time

Written by Alisa Mullins | April 20, 2013

Just days after the start of Canada’s annual seal slaughter, Anna Karenina star Jude Law appealed to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on PETA UK’s behalf, urging panelists to uphold the EU-wide ban on seal fur. The WTO’s final hearing on the issue will be held on April 29.


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I’m writing to urge the panel to uphold this ban, which is in line with the wishes of compassionate people all around the world, including the majority of European citizens,” wrote Law in his letter to the WTO. “Even local sentiment is turning, and a lack of markets has led Canadian officials to seriously examine whether the slaughter should end.

Because of the worldwide outcry, all major markets have banned seal-fur imports, including the EU, Mexico, Taiwan, the U.S., and even Russia, which had been importing 95 percent of Canada’s seal fur. The Canadian government is challenging the EU ban as a last-ditch effort to try to revive the trade.

“The purpose of the WTO is to support efficient markets, not government decisions to prop up dying industries like the seal slaughter,” Law points out. “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. The world is watching and waiting – please uphold the EU ban.”

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  • aleksa says:

    stop this terrible things and protect poor animals

  • Uma says:

    Great work. Thank you for supporting.

  • Patricia Ledsham says:

    Thank you Jude

  • Bev Warren says:

    Thank you all. At last the end is in sight of this brutal cruelty .

  • Cindy says:

    So glad Jude Law helps us..He is so admireable and adoreable..

  • Jim Stolz says:

    Good job Mr. Jude Law.

  • ANTONIO CLAUDIO says:

    Stop!!!!. is Time.Please.

  • Rafael says:

    I live in Canada and I feel that trying to stop seal hunting in whole is not a great idea. It’s a part of the Aboriginal people of Canada’s tradition. If we are to deny Aboriginal peoples rights then they would slowly become assimilated into everyday society which would destroy their culture. Although I don’t support the killing of these animals I’m not entirely against it.

  • Liz says:

    Michelle–Jude was a vegetarian for 9 years, but for whatever reason, he started eating meat when they told him he was 20 pounds underweight during the filming of “Cold Mountain” and needed to gain weight. Perhaps no one realized there were alternatives to that, but he’s still a good guy. ;)

  • Rex's Mom says:

    I didn’t know where else to post this so I am posting this here. From the New York Daily News: Scott Disick angered some alligator lovers at the E! Upfronts this week, where angry activists screamed at the reality baby daddy for shooting an alligator in the head on a recent episode of “Kourtney and Kim Take Miami.” After the International Reptile Rescue group called it a cruel and insensitive act, gator defenders angrily chanted “Alligator! Alligator! at Disick. Scott hid behind Kourtney (Kardashian) at the beginning of the carpet and just bolted past the press, not even stopping for photos. It seemed he knew he was not popular. This is another reason to hate anything Kardashian related! And Scott Disick really is SICK!! (These are my thoughts)

  • Catherine says:

    killing baby seals is a waste of time and money.

  • Carol Tasmania says:

    We do not need to slaughter animals for their fur anymore it’s called progress.

  • michelle says:

    I live in Canada ,i’m so happy to see Jude has spoken out for our beautiful seals .Frankly I thought he was a meat eater ? Is he not ? Way to go Jude .So nice to see him doing something good .

  • zijing xu says:

    No seal slaughter, please.

  • Darcy Jo in AZ says:

    Another reason to love Jude Law. And another reason to once again ban Canadian products until they stop the senseless killing of BAY seals…and all seals.