May 13, 2013
Chefs for Seals
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What's it all about?
More than 6,000 restaurants and grocery stores (in addition to 800,000 individuals) have joined the Protect Seals boycott of Canadian seafood. They are making it clear that the Canadian annual commercial seal hunt is an unacceptable business practice undertaken by Canada's fishing industry.
Chefs, grocery stores, and restaurant owners
- Sign the pledge online with DocuSign »
- Download Meals for Seals, our seal-friendly restaurant locater app, currently available for Android, iPhone, and iPod touch »
Why Canadian seafood?
Each spring off the east coast of Canada, tens of thousands of seal pups are shot and clubbed to death by Canadian fishermen. Most of the pups haven't eaten their first solid meal at the time they're killed. Many are skinned alive.
These seals are killed by commercial fishermen. The fishermen who kill seal pups each spring make 95% of their income from selling seafood and only 5% from killing seals. U.S. companies have the power to help shift Canada toward responsible marine stewardship.
Mario Batali, Cat Cora, Curtis Stone, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, BI-LO Supermarkets, Bon Appétit Management Company, China Grill Management Group, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Cafes, Legal Sea Foods, Patina Restaurant Group, and Ted Turner's Ted's Montana Grill are among the many companies and chefs who are, through participating in this campaign, showing the world and their customers that they are compassionate stewards of the marine environment.
A bit more about Canada's seal hunt
Each year, 98 percent of the harp seals killed are less than three months old, defenseless against the club-wielding sealers who routinely drag conscious pups across the ice with boat hooks, and even skin some seals alive. Nearly a million seal pups have been slaughtered for their fur over the last three years, in spite of warm temperatures that melted the ice and caused many pups to drown.
Chefs such as Mario Batali and Cat Cora are among the hundreds who have already joined. We hope you will too!
If you own a restaurant or grocery store, please take a moment to join the Protect Seals campaign. Your pledge will help bring the cruel and needless commercial slaughter of seal pups to an end!
For a more in-depth look at the boycott, please visit our boycott highlights page.
Chefs and restaurants owners: click here to join the boycott of Canadian seafood now.
Individuals: you can sign your own pledge as well.
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Contact Kathryn Kullberg by email or at 301-258-3109 with questions.