News Feed Item
Europeans Opposed to WTO "Public Morality" Trade Ban: Sets a Dangerous Precedent
|By Marketwired .
|May 15, 2014 04:00 AM EDT
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND -- (Marketwired) -- 05/15/14 -- Francais - Espanol - Italiano - Deutsch - Nederlands - English
The results of a poll commissioned by the Trade Fairness Coalition show that a majority of Europeans are opposed to the World Trade Organization (WTO) banning commercial products based on "public morality" unless there is clear scientific evidence to support a ban.
The WTO Appellant body is currently considering an appeal against its recent decision to uphold the European Union's (EU) ban on commercial seal products. The WTO ruled in November 2013 the ban could continue, as it fulfilled the objective of addressing EU public moral concerns on seal welfare.
According to an Abacus Data survey conducted in six European countries, representing the majority of the EU population, 50 per cent opposed banning commercial products based on public morality as opposed only 33 per cent who favoured such an approach. Furthermore, 57 per cent believe that if the WTO decision is upheld it could set a dangerous precedent for the trade other animal or natural resource products.
"It's clear that Europeans are concerned about publicly morality trumping scientific evidence," said David Hutton, Co-Chair of the Trade Fairness Coalition (TFC). "It's also clear they see the very dangerous precedent this could set for the fair trade in other sustainable use, natural resource and energy products."
The EU ban was put in place largely based on claims the European public was morally opposed to the hunting of seals. In the survey released today a clear majority of Europeans (63 per cent) felt that seal hunting was acceptable in some form while only 33 per cent were opposed to the seal hunt in any form. The survey also found that 75 per cent of Europeans saw the use of animals as acceptable so long as it done in a way that protects animal welfare and the sustainability of the resource.
"One of the main arguments for the EU seal ban isn't supported by the facts," said Aaju Peter, Inuit advocate and TFC spokesperson. "The WTO ban is based on the misconception, propagated by the animal rights industry, that Europeans are completely opposed to the seal hunt. It's clear they are not and therefore the WTO should rescind the ban and allow for the trade of seal products such as oils, meats and pelts."
Seals are hunted for personal use, resource management needs and commercial products across three continents including the EU. Many coastal communities, particularly Inuit communities in Greenland and Canada, rely on the seal hunt for both food and income. "The EU seal products ban has devastated our communities and resulted in real harm to the Inuit, said Aaju Peter. "The only people profiting off the seal hunt these days are the animal rights industry whom make millions while we are left to suffer."
A ruling by the WTO Appellant body is expected on May 20, 2014.
For a full report on the survey and results by country, visit http://abacusdata.ca/2014/05/14/tradefairness/.
Abacus Data has just completed a survey of 2,407 residents aged 18 living in Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Spain. A total of 400 interviews were conducted online with a representative sample of residents in each country from April 11 to 22, 2014. The data was weighted by age, gender, and region according to national population statistics in each country. The overall six country average was weighted according to the population of each country.
The sample was randomly recruited from the Valued Opinions online panels. The panels are recruited. The panels are recruited using a "By-Invitation-Only"® approach and through online marketing with over 300 diverse online affiliate partners and targeted website advertising. The panels also comply with, or exceed, all applicable industry standards published by: ESOMAR, the MRS, and BVM (Germany).
The Marketing Research and Intelligence Association policy limits statements about margins of sampling error for most online surveys. The margin of error for a comparable probability-based random sample of the same size is +/- 2.0%, 19 times out of 20. The margin of error for a comparable probability-based random sample of 400 is +/- 5.0%, 19 times out of 20.
The Trade Fairness Coalition is a group formed by members of the sustainable use and resource based business community who are concerned about the WTO's seriously flawed decision to invoke the "public morality exception" to uphold the European ban on seal products, in spite of the ban's violation of international trade law. For more information or to schedule an interview with a spokesperson for the Trade Fairness Coalition, please contact us at [email protected] or visit www.tradefairness.com.
"Dice has been around for the last 20 years. We have been helping tech professionals find new jobs and career opportunities," explained Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 7, 2016 01:45 PM EST Reads: 1,099
SYS-CON Events announced today that Dataloop.IO, an innovator in cloud IT-monitoring whose products help organizations save time and money, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Dataloop.IO is an emerging software company on the cutting edge of major IT-infrastructure trends including cloud computing and microservices. The company, founded in the UK but now based in San Fran...
Dec. 7, 2016 01:30 PM EST Reads: 340
Get deep visibility into the performance of your databases and expert advice for performance optimization and tuning. You can't get application performance without database performance. Give everyone on the team a comprehensive view of how every aspect of the system affects performance across SQL database operations, host server and OS, virtualization resources and storage I/O. Quickly find bottlenecks and troubleshoot complex problems.
Dec. 7, 2016 01:30 PM EST Reads: 2,142
"We are a custom software development, engineering firm. We specialize in cloud applications from helping customers that have on-premise applications migrating to the cloud, to helping customers design brand new apps in the cloud. And we specialize in mobile apps," explained Peter Di Stefano, Vice President of Marketing at Impiger Technologies, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 7, 2016 01:24 PM EST
Rapid innovation, changing business landscapes, and new IT demands force businesses to make changes quickly. In the eyes of many, containers are at the brink of becoming a pervasive technology in enterprise IT to accelerate application delivery. In this presentation, attendees learned about the:
The transformation of IT to a DevOps, microservices, and container-based architecture
What are containers and how DevOps practices can operate in a container-based environment
A demonstration of how ...
Dec. 7, 2016 12:45 PM EST Reads: 1,070
President Obama recently announced the launch of a new national awareness campaign to "encourage more Americans to move beyond passwords – adding an extra layer of security like a fingerprint or codes sent to your cellphone." The shift from single passwords to multi-factor authentication couldn’t be timelier or more strategic. This session will focus on why passwords alone are no longer effective, and why the time to act is now.
In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Chris Webber, security strateg...
Dec. 7, 2016 12:35 PM EST Reads: 208
Extracting business value from Internet of Things (IoT) data doesn’t happen overnight. There are several requirements that must be satisfied, including IoT device enablement, data analysis, real-time detection of complex events and automated orchestration of actions. Unfortunately, too many companies fall short in achieving their business goals by implementing incomplete solutions or not focusing on tangible use cases.
In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products...
Dec. 7, 2016 12:30 PM EST Reads: 835
"At ROHA we develop an app called Catcha. It was developed after we spent a year meeting with, talking to, interacting with senior citizens watching them use their smartphones and talking to them about how they use their smartphones so we could get to know their smartphone behavior," explained Dave Woods, Chief Innovation Officer at ROHA, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 7, 2016 12:30 PM EST Reads: 611
SYS-CON Events has announced today that Roger Strukhoff has been named conference chair of Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo 2017 New York.
The 20th Cloud Expo and 7th @ThingsExpo will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"The Internet of Things brings trillions of dollars of opportunity to developers and enterprise IT, no matter how you measure it," stated Roger Strukhoff. "More importantly, it leverages the power of devices and the Internet to enable us all to im...
Dec. 7, 2016 12:30 PM EST Reads: 716
Cloud Expo, Inc. has announced today that Andi Mann returns to 'DevOps at Cloud Expo 2017' as Conference Chair
The @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"DevOps is set to be one of the most profound disruptions to hit IT in decades," said Andi Mann. "It is a natural extension of cloud computing, and I have seen both firsthand and in independent research the fantastic results DevOps delivers. So I am excited to help the great t...
Dec. 7, 2016 12:00 PM EST Reads: 590
We are always online. We access our data, our finances, work, and various services on the Internet. But we live in a congested world of information in which the roads were built two decades ago. The quest for better, faster Internet routing has been around for a decade, but nobody solved this problem. We’ve seen band-aid approaches like CDNs that attack a niche's slice of static content part of the Internet, but that’s it. It does not address the dynamic services-based Internet of today. It does...
Dec. 7, 2016 12:00 PM EST Reads: 1,113
The many IoT deployments around the world are busy integrating smart devices and sensors into their enterprise IT infrastructures. Yet all of this technology – and there are an amazing number of choices – is of no use without the software to gather, communicate, and analyze the new data flows. Without software, there is no IT.
In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products at Bsquare Corporation; Alan Williamson, Principal...
Dec. 7, 2016 11:47 AM EST Reads: 245
"Venafi has a platform that allows you to manage, centralize and automate the complete life cycle of keys and certificates within the organization," explained Gina Osmond, Sr. Field Marketing Manager at Venafi, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 7, 2016 11:45 AM EST Reads: 1,023
"We analyze the video streaming experience. We are gathering the user behavior in real time from the user devices and we analyze how users experience the video streaming," explained Eric Kim, Founder and CEO at Streamlyzer, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 7, 2016 11:45 AM EST Reads: 457
"ReadyTalk is an audio and web video conferencing provider. We've really come to embrace WebRTC as the platform for our future of technology," explained Dan Cunningham, CTO of ReadyTalk, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at WebRTC Summit at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 7, 2016 11:30 AM EST Reads: 652