I tease my students about Canada's seal industry. It provides an excellent example of an industry that faces either trade restraints or environmental restrictions, depending on your point of view. Good thing that the Chinese do not care how cute seals are, as the Canadians have a found a new outlet to replace the European market.
The funny thing is that Canadians get very defensive about the seal industry, even getting pretty hostile to Paul McCartney while he was married to Heather Mills. He is ok again here now that he got a divorce.
Anyhow, perhaps this will lessen the frost on EU-CA relations with the seal industry focused elsewhere.