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Protection of certain seal species

This Directive lays down measures aiming to protect certain seal species by introducing legislation on a Community level to protect seal pups against non-traditional hunting.


Council Directive 83/129/EEC of 28 March 1983 concerning the importation into Member States of skins of certain seal pups and products derived therefrom [See amending acts].


The importation for commercial purposes of certain products of whitecoat pups or harp seals and of pups of hooded seals, or blue backs, is prohibited throughout the Community.

The targets are:

  • raw furskins and furskins, tanned or dressed, including furskins assembled in plates, crosses, bags, square and similar forms;
  • articles of these furskins.

This Directive does not apply to products resulting from traditional hunting by the Inuit people.


ActEntry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal
Directive 83/129/EEC01.10.1983-OJ L 91 of 09.04.1983

Amending act(s)Entry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal
Directive 89/370/EEC15.06.1989-OJ L 163 of 14.06.1989


Council Regulation EC 338/97of 9.12.96 on trade in wild fauna and flora (EC) No 61/97 [Official Journal L 61 of 3 March 1997].
To conserve endangered species of wild fauna and flora, this Regulation controls trade in such species by imposing conditions on the importation, exportation or re-exportation thereof and on their movement within the European Union, in accordance with the CITES Convention.

Last updated: 01.09.2006
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