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Canadian Seafood to Boycott

As a wise consumer, you can help save seals

  • Baby seals deserve a chance to grow up. Nigel Barker/For The HSUS

Help pressure Canada's fishing industry to end the seal slaughter by boycotting Canadian seafood.

Canadian seafood to avoid includes:

  • Lobster
  • Scallops
  • Herring
  • Sardines
  • Snow crabs
  • Cold water shrimp
  • Perch
  • Flounder
  • Cod
  • Haddock
  • Mussels
  • Trout
  • Mackerel
  • Oysters
  • Sole
  • Salmon

    •  Please note that all of the seafood listed above can be sourced from the United States. Just make sure that the seafood you are eating is caught in the United States, not Canada. 

      Whether you are an individual or a restaurant professional, you can help stop the seal slaughter by joining the 2013 boycott of Canadian seafood.

      How it works

      Seal hunting is an off-season activity for a few thousand fishermen from Canada's east coast. They make, on average, about 5 percent of their income from sealing, and the rest from commercial fisheries. Roughly two-thirds of Canadian seafood exports go to the United States each year. Canada's sealers make much more money from exporting seafood to the United States than they do from killing seal pups.

      After nearly four decades of unsuccessful negotiations with the Canadian government, The HSUS launched a global boycott of Canadian seafood products. We did this after officials with Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans told us they will end the commercial seal hunt only when the fishermen who participate in the slaughter indicate their support for an end to it.

      Strength in numbers

      Through the boycott, The HSUS and its supporters are sending a clear message to Canada's fishing industry. If the industry would like open access to our market, it needs to stop supporting and participating in the commercial seal hunt. To date, more than 750,000 individuals and more than 5,500 grocery stores, restaurants, casinos, and seafood suppliers in the United States have joined the seafood boycott.

      Will you join them in the 2013 boycott of Canadian seafood? If you are a chef or restaurant professional, you can play a special role in the boycott by taking this pledge.

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