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Boston--BOYCOTT CANADIAN SEAFOOD TO SAVE SEAL PUPS!
28 Dec 2005
Ask your favorite restaurant and grocery to stop buying Canadian seafood until defenseless baby seals stop being slaughtered!

Go to Harpseals.org to help and find out more!
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HOPE FOR THE SEALS: CANADIAN SEAFOOD BOYCOTT ENDS YEAR WITH GROWING MOMENTUM



WASHINGTON (December 20, 2005) – Since the killing of the first seal in the 2005 hunt last March, The Humane Society of the United States has advocated for a boycott of Canadian seafood to stop that country’s annual slaughter of hundreds of thousands of seals for their fur.



To date, more than 300 restaurants and companies have joined The HSUS boycott, from the culinary world-famous—Chefs Rocco Dispirito, David Pasternack and Rick Moonen—to trendy locales across the country—B.E.D, Postrio, Tavern on the Green—and at least 120,000 individuals have signed the pledge to reduce or end their Canadian seafood purchases.



“The boycott is clearly having an impact in Canada,” said Dr. John W. Grandy, HSUS senior vice president. “The Humane Society of the United States has noted that Canadian snow crab exports to the United States have dropped by over $150 million—nearly 10 times the value of the seal hunt and a 36 percent drop since the seafood boycott began. The Canadian government and the fishing industry need to decide whether maintaining a seal hunt is worth the cost to the country.”



More than two-thirds of Canadian seafood is exported to the United States, producing $2.8 billion annually for the Canadian economy and making the industry a viable target for a boycott.



Other companies that have signed on include Legal Sea Foods, Down East Seafood, Whole Foods Markets, Wild Oats Market, The Plitt Company, The Miami Crab Company, Palomino Foods and Monterey Fish Market. In addition, Sandra Lee, New York Times bestselling life stylist, host of Semi-Homemade on Food TV, and author of several books of the same name has announced her support for the boycott.



“It is incomprehensible to me that the Canadian government continues to allow this senseless slaughter to continue,” said Tom Worthington of the Monterey Fish Company. “We must all work together to send a message that Canada must end this hunt in order to save the reputation of the seafood industry there.” Bill Holler of Legal Seafood agrees. “We cannot in good conscience purchase seafood from those areas that support the hunt. We owe it to our customers to take a stand,” he said.



Designer Stella McCartney has also thrown her support behind the campaign, with information and links on her website (www.stellamccartney.com) and by donating a portion of the proceeds of a special t-shirt to the Protect Seals campaign from the highly successful H&M partnership.



American seafood distributors are asking their Canadian counterparts to use their power to stop Canada’s commercial seal hunt. “I urge the Canadian government and fishing industry to act now to stop this slaughter before it is too late, before the good name of Canada is further tarnished,” said Ed Taylor of Down East Seafood, a major distributor in New York City.



This year’s hunt, with more than 300,000 baby seals slaughtered, is the largest killing of marine mammals in the world. During the hunt, the pups are clubbed or shot to death primarily for their skins, many while still alive and conscious. The U.S. has long banned imports of seal products, but the market for sealskins in Europe provides an incentive for the sealers to take to the ice every spring to kill as many seals as they can.



Sealing is an off-season activity conducted by commercial fishermen from Canada’s East Coast. Even in Newfoundland, where more than 90 percent of the sealers live, sealing income accounts for less than one percent of that province’s gross domestic product and only two percent of the landed value of Newfoundland’s fishery.



A complete list of companies supporting the ProtectSeals boycott of Canadian seafood is available at www.RestaurantsForSeals.org. For more information on The HSUS seal campaign, please visit www.ProtectSeals.org.



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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization representing more than 9.4 million members and constituents. The non-profit organization is a mainstream voice for animals, with active programs in companion animals and equine protection, disaster preparedness and response, wildlife and habitat protection, animals in research and farm animal welfare. The HSUS protects all animals through education, investigation, litigation, legislation, advocacy, and field work. The group is based in Washington and has numerous field representatives across the country. On the web at www.hsus.org.
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Save the Newfies!
29 Dec 2005
Yeah I know, the only thing that gets an emotional response greater than dead harp seal pups is a bag full of dead kittens but before you join some weak liberal boycott to support some weak liberal cause lets kick the ballistics. Eastern Canada isn't a very wealthy place and Newfoundland--the place where seals are hunted--is especialy not. The over-fishing of the cod-stocks by a variety of countries has left maritime canada without much of an economy left to support itself and yes one of the few industries left is sealing. Seals are cute and no one wants to see them die but honestly the seafood you eat that you are asking your grocer not to stock is doing more damage to the ecosystem (and killing seals) than the sealing industry so pick your battles wisely. I should start posting pictures of a hungry child from Newfoundland gazing into an empty can of Vienna Sausages with a caption that states "save Newfoundland, onward with the seal hunt" just to point out the hypocracy of these misanthropic middle class (or petty bourgeois for you marxists) intellectuals.

Workers Unite!
Re: Boston--BOYCOTT CANADIAN SEAFOOD TO SAVE SEAL PUPS!
01 Jan 2006
Landmark Report Calls for End of Commercial Seal Hunt on Ethical Grounds



WASHINGTON (November 15, 2005) - Coinciding with the official opening day of the 2005-2006 commercial sealing season, The Humane Society of the United States today released a ground-breaking report by Oxford University Professor Rev. Andrew Linzey who argues that Canada’s commercial seal hunt cannot be morally justified and that basic principles of humane slaughter are violated in the course of the hunt.



“Because of the physical environment in which it operates, and the way in which it must be conducted in order to be commercially viable, Canada’s seal hunt is – and must always be – inhumane,” states Linzey. “The Canadian Government should make the commercial seal hunt illegal.”



The report, entitled Public Morality and the Canadian Seal Hunt, has been endorsed by over 65 leading academics, some from Canada, including best-selling author and Nobel Laureate John Coatzee. The report was published jointly by The HSUS and Respect for Animals. It will be presented to parliamentarians in Europe and Canada, as well as representatives of the U.S. government.



Linzey is a professor of theology at Oxford University and has written or edited 20 books, including major works on animals. He is the author of The Ethical Case Against Fur Farming, which was instrumental in achieving a ban on fur farms in the United Kingdom in 2000. He also provided extensive testimony during the public hearings on fox hunting in the United Kingdom, which was subsequently banned. In 2001, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree by the Archbishop of Canterbury in recognition of his “unique and pioneering work” on the “rights of God’s sentient creatures.”



“Dr. Linzey brings to bear his considerable experience in the field of animal welfare, providing a point-by-point rebuttal to Canadian government arguments in support of the seal hunt,” said John Grandy, senior vice president of The HSUS. “The report demonstrates the many reasons why Canada must end its annual slaughter of defenseless baby seals if it is to retain its image as a progressive and civilized nation.”



Canada’s commercial seal hunt is by far the world’s largest and most brutal slaughter of marine mammals. Over the past three years, nearly one million seal pups have been slaughtered for their fur, and official Department of Fisheries and Oceans kill reports confirm 97 percent of them were less than three months of age. Veterinary studies and video evidence show routine violations of the Marine Mammal Regulations at the commercial seal hunt, including the skinning of live seals.



The HSUS points out that in addition to the signatories of the report, support for a ban on the seal hunt is coming from governments worldwide. The Italian Parliament, the British House of Commons, and members of the United States Senate have all conveyed to Canada their opposition to the commercial seal slaughter.



In March 2005, The Humane Society of the United States launched a global boycott of Canadian seafood products. One of the primary species targeted has been Canadian snow crabs, which account for half of the value of Newfoundland’s fishery. Not surprisingly, in the months since the boycott was launched, the value of Canadian snow crab exports to the United States has declined by $156 million – a 36 percent decline and nearly ten times the value of the seal hunt.



“Public Morality and the Canadian Seal Hunt shows that Canada has the ethical imperative to end the commercial seal hunt. Now, it also has a clear economic reason to do so,” concluded Grandy.



For a copy of the report and/or a list of signatories, please contact Rebecca Aldworth at 514-395-2914. For more information on The HSUS seal campaign, please visit www.ProtectSeals.org.



The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization representing more than 9.4 million members and constituents. The non-profit organization is a mainstream voice for animals, with active programs in companion animals and equine protection, disaster preparedness and response, wildlife and habitat protection, animals in research and farm animal welfare. The HSUS protects all animals through education, investigation, litigation, legislation, advocacy, and field work. The group is based in Washington and has numerous field representatives across the country. On the web at www.hsus.org.



Reverend Professor Andrew Linzey is available for interviews.



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AMERICAN BUSINESS LEADER URGES PRIME MINISTER TO STOP SEAL HUNT AND AVOID DAMAGE TO CANADIAN ECONOMY
01 Jan 2006
WASHINGTON (November 22, 2005) – In a letter to Prime Minister Paul Martin released today, famous financial and business leader Edward A. Kangas warned that continuing the annual commercial seal hunt could bring ruin to Canada’s fisheries economy and the viability of that nation’s fisheries. Kangas, former global chairman and CEO of Deloitte & Touche and currently a member of the Board of Directors of four New York Stock Exchange companies, cited the increasing success of a boycott of Canadian seafood, instituted by The Humane Society of the United States, as a major factor in the multi-million dollar losses suffered by the commercial fishing industry.



Two thirds of Canadian seafood is exported to the United States, producing $2.8 billion annually for the Canadian economy and making the industry a viable target for a boycott.



Undeniable cruel, the annual commercial seal hunt, which results in the clubbing deaths of hundreds of thousands of baby seals, is an off-season activity conducted by commercial fishermen from Canada’s East Coast. Even in Newfoundland, where more than 90 percent of the sealers live, sealing income accounts for less than one percent of that province’s gross domestic product and under three percent of the landed value of Newfoundland’s fishery.



“I and other leaders in the business community are amazed that Canada would allow its international reputation and fishing industry to be so heavily compromised for this economically marginal activity,” Kangas stated. “It is even more surprising when one considers that as the seafood boycott gains momentum, global markets for seal products are closing. Moreover, the damage to Canada’s international reputation and economy is growing exponentially. While the boycott focuses primarily on Canadian seafood and snow crabs, more and more people are now dispensing with tourism and other Canadian products.”



Rather than continuing the seal hunt, Kangas recommended that the Canadian government institute a fair sealing license retirement program, which would provide sealers with fair compensation for any lost revenue and a cost-effective exit for the federal government. “It would seem reckless and irresponsible for the government to allow the seal hunt to continue given the damage which may result to the economic viability of Canada’s fisheries and fishing communities,” Kangas said.



“It is unconscionable that Canada continues to promote this hunt, given the very real threat to its seafood industry if this boycott continues,” said Dr. John Grandy, senior vice president of The Humane Society of the United States. “We applaud Mr. Kangas for using his extensive experience and clout to call attention to the irresponsible actions of the Canadian government. This slaughter must end.”



For more information on The Humane Society of the United States seal campaign, please visit www.ProtectSeals.org.

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization representing more than 9.4 million members and constituents. The non-profit organization is a mainstream voice for animals, with active programs in companion animals and equine protection, disaster preparedness and response, wildlife and habitat protection, animals in research and farm animal welfare. The HSUS protects all animals through education, investigation, litigation, legislation, advocacy, and field work. The group is based in Washington and has numerous field representatives across the country. On the web at www.hsus.org.
Re: Save the Newfies!
01 Jan 2006
"Seals are cute and no one wants to see them die but honestly the seafood you eat that you are asking your grocer not to stock is doing more damage to the ecosystem (and killing seals) than the sealing industry so pick your battles wisely."

How do you figure? Where is the facts, sources? 300,000 baby seals slaughtered at once is not "helping the ecosystem", and seal predators wouldn't come close to eliminating that kind of number in a human seal-hunting season. So I can't see how interferring with the natural process of the ecosystem is helping.

Of course it's always a hard battle when you're facing human ethics against human poverty, but that's not really the point here...

The reason for the boycott is more than just marine creatures being killed, it's that they are being blugeoned in such a grotesque and disgusting fashion, for human fashion and vanity.

And since when is compassion for the weaker guy "misanthropic middle class hypocracy"? Is that not a standing point on which the worker's movement was based on?

Instead of settling with "on with the seal hunt" why don't we discuss ways of positively impacting economies without heinously murdering others for our survival? I think this is worth the discussion.