Save the seals by boycotting seafood from Canada

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, May 05, 2005

"Country of origin labeling" for seafood products (New store labels to distinguish wild fish food from farmed, March 29) offers consumers the opportunity to take a stand against the largest slaughter of marine mammals in the world.

The Humane Society of the United States is calling for a boycott of all Canadian seafood until the government halts the killing of harp and hooded seals.

The notorious seal hunt, which began in earnest on March 29, is expected to result in the deaths by clubbing and shooting of over 300,000 seals, many just babies, days or weeks old.

Sealing is an off-season activity conducted by commercial fishermen from Canada's East Coast. They make, on average, only one-twentieth of their incomes from sealing. More than 70 percent of Canadian seafood is exported to the United States, producing $3 billion annually for the Canadian economy.

By boycotting Canadian seafood, consumers can send a strong message that the cruel and massive killing of defenseless baby seals is unacceptable in a global economy. We urge your readers to check the labels before purchasing seafood, and if it is from Canada, please don't buy it while seals are dying.

Tracey McIntire

Washington, D.C.

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