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Following the start of Canada's annual mass seal hunt -- during which the government allows hunters to kill more than 300,000 of the mammals -- the British actor has joined forces with PETA to speak out about the highly-controversial practice.
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In a letter written to the World Trade Organization, which is deciding whether or not to uphold a 2010 European Union ban on seal fur imports, Law makes an impassioned plea.
"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 the 40-year-old "Sherlock Holmes" star. "Even local sentiment is turning, and a lack of markets has led Canadian officials to seriously examine whether the slaughter should end."
As Law notes, the import of seal fur is banned in most major markets, including Europe, the United States, Taiwan, and Russia. However, the Canadian government is challenging the European ban in what PETA describes 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 pointed 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."
The WTO's final hearing to settle the dispute will be held on April 29.
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