A roar of protest over the WTO decision from the Canadian public is unlikely, as a majority of Canadians are against the commercial seal hunting and would prefer to see their taxes used to support a transition away from this dying industry. The media outcry in Canada will be driven primarily by the industry in collusion with government.
Hunt supporters will say the ban is unfair, the EU has been misinformed, and even brainwashed by animal rights protesters and their multi-million dollar campaigns. They will say the ban is a slippery slope -- that soon all animal use will be prohibited -- and lobsters may be next. These same complaints were heard after the Panel's initial ruling last year, and the same dire warnings -- intended to cause fear amongst the public -- were voiced way back when the first EU ban on whitecoats and bluebacks came into place in 1984.
Obviously these fears did not come to pass.
The truth is hard to accept. NGO campaign budgets are minuscule in comparison to those of governments like Canada and Norway. Most consumers in a variety of markets now know the inherent cruelty associated with commercial seal products and neither want -- nor need -- the trinkets, trims and other products manufactured from Canada's dead seals. Three decades of efforts to keep commercial sealing alive in Canada have failed, wasting millions of Canadians' tax dollars.