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March 11, 2013

Urge Your Grocery Store to Protect Seals

Grocery stores play an important role in ending the Canadian commercial seal hunt

The Humane Society of the United States

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We urgently need your help to ask your local grocery store to not buy or sell Canadian seafood until the senseless slaughter of seals comes to an end.  

What's the connection between your grocery store and the seal hunt? Sealers are actually commercial fishermen who earn only a small fraction of their livelihood from killing baby seals for their fur.

The vast majority of the sealers' incomes—95 percent, actually—comes from commercial fishing. About two-thirds of Canada's seafood is exported to the U.S. each year, bringing in more than $2.5 billion for the Canadian economy annually. This dwarfs the few million dollars contributed by the commercial seal hunt.

By choosing to avoid Canadian seafood until the seal hunt ends for good, you can give the fishermen who kill seals a clear economic incentive to stop the slaughter. So far, our boycott has resulted in millions of lost revenue for Canadian sealers—but we aren't there yet.

Our best opportunity to end this barbaric hunt is through the power of our pocketbooks. But we need you to send the message to major grocery chains that this hunt is unacceptable.

Over 5,500 grocery chains and restaurants have already agreed to shift some or all of their seafood purchasing away from Canada until the commercial seal hunt is ended for good. These companies include Battleground Restaurant Group, BI-LO Supermarkets, Bon Appétit Management Company, China Grill Management Group, Fireman Hospitality Group, The Forgeois Group, Gotham City Restaurant Group, Harris Teeter, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Cafés, Legal Sea Foods, Lowe's Foods, McGrath's Fish House, Patina Restaurant Group, Ted Turner's Ted's Montana Grill, The Venetian and Palazzo Resorts, The Old Spaghetti Factory Restaurants, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and WinCo Foods. Our Protect Seals team is in discussions with several grocery chains in your area, and they have asked to hear from their customers.

So today, ask your local grocery store to step up for seals: Download this customer comment card and give it to your store manager the next time you go grocery shopping.

To view a list of grocery stores in your area that have already joined the boycott, click here.

If you can spare a few minutes after your visit, please provide us with feedback on the store you visited and any conversations you had by sending us an email, to help our ProtectSeals team build upon your efforts. Together, we have a tremendous opportunity to end this senseless slaughter once and for all.
 
 

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