Norwegian fishing boss urges McCartney boycott over seal trade ban

Reidar Nilsen. Photo: NRK

Oslo – The head of the Norwegian fishermen’s association has called for a boycott of Paul McCartney’s music over the former Beatle’s support for a European Union ban against seal products, reports said Wednesday.

Reidar Nilsen called for the boycott in the wake of a European Parliament decision Tuesday to ban the import of seal products, the online edition of the newspaper Fiskeribladet Fiskaren which reports on fishing and related matters reported.

Norway is not a member of the EU, and Nilsen said he was ‘disappointed’ over the European Parliment decision due to take effect 2010.

McCartney was one of the most prominent supporters of a ban backed also by environmental and animal rights campaigners, Nilsen said. “I will not listen to his music or buy his albums until Norway is allowed to sell seal products to the EU,” Nielsen said on Norwegian radio.

Norway has said it was considering asking the World Trade Organization (WTO) to review the EU ban, arguing that humane methods were used in the hunt.

Canada, an even larger seal hunting country, has mulled a similar move.


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