The European Parliament's internal market committee has voted for a complete ban on selling, importing and exporting seal furs within the EU, rejecting compromise proposals for a labelling regime.

"In practice, seal products such as bags, hats, boots and gloves used by motorcyclists, skiers and boxers would be outlawed," said a committee communiqué.

Only sales of certain traditional products made by Inuit in Russia, Greenland, Canada and Alaska would be permitted. The full parliament votes next on the issue in April.

By Keith Nuthall.