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March 11, 2013

You Can Make the Canadian Seafood Boycott a Success

Help end the Canadian commercial seal hunt through your seafood choices

The Humane Society of the United States

The boycott of Canadian seafood—designed to put pressure on the Canadian government and seafood industry in order to abolish the country's cruel seal hunt—is already in full swing. With your help, the ProtectSeals Network will end the seal hunt forever. Here are a few things you can do to ensure the campaign's success. 

1. Urge your local grocer to boycott Canadian seafood until the seal hunt ends. Take action now »

Thanks to dedicated advocates like you, we are getting closer to the day when baby seals can live in peace without being hunted down and brutally clubbed or shot. But as of today Canada still refuses to bow to international pressure, and is readying its sealing vessels for the slaughter.

That's why 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 hunts? Sealers are 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—comes from commercial fishing.

About two thirds of Canada's seafood is exported to the United States each year, achieving over $2.5 billion for the Canadian economy annually. This dwarfs the few million dollars contributed by the commercial seal hunt.

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

Grocery stores sell hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Canadian seafood each year. By choosing to avoid Canadian seafood until the seal hunt ends for good, grocery stores can give the fishermen who kill seals a clear economic incentive to stop the slaughter.

Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, and Trader Joe's are three of more than 5,000 grocery chains and restaurants that have already agreed to shift some or all of their seafood purchasing away from Canada until the commercial seal hunt is ended for good. Please help us convince your local grocery store to join you, the Humane Society, and these compassionate companies to help bring the commercial seal hunt to an end. 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.

2. Thank the restaurants, chefs, grocery stores, and other companies that have already pledged to limit or eliminate purchases of Canadian seafood. They are all making a difference. See the most current list.

3. Contact the restaurants, distributors, and grocery stores that have been particularly resistant to joining our boycott. Politely ask them to help protect seals by limiting or eliminating Canadian seafood.

Costco Wholesale Corp. (incorporating both Costco and Price Club)
Jeffrey Brotman, Chairman
James Sinegal, President
Costco Wholesale Corporation
999 Lake Drive
Issaquah, WA  98027
425-313-8100 or 800-774-2678
Send comments via this web page.

Giant Food
Bill Grize, President and CEO
Ahold USA Retail Operations
1385 Hancock Street
Quincy Center Plaza
Quincy, MA  02169
781-380-8000 or 703-961-6000
E-mail: communications@ahold.com

McCormick & Schmick's
Douglas Schmick, Co-Founder and President
Saed Mohseni, CEO
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants
720 SW Washington St.
Portland, OR  97205
503-226-3440
Fax: 503-228-5074

Olive Garden
Clarence Otis, Jr., CEO of The Darden Group
The Darden Group
P.O. Box 593330
Orlando, FL 32859
Corporate headquarter phone number: 407-245-4000

Outback Steakhouse Inc.
Chris T. Sullivan, Chairman and CEO
Outback Steakhouse
2220 North West Shore Blvd., Suite 500
Tampa, FL  33607
813-2862247
Email: Use form on this page.

Red Lobster
Clarence Otis, Jr., CEO of The Darden Group
George Williams, Vice President for Government and Environmental Relations for Red Lobster Restaurants
The Darden Group
P.O. Box 593330
Orlando, FL 32859Corporate headquarter phone number: 407-245-4000
Guest relations hotline: 800-LOBSTER (1-800-562-7837)
Send your emails via the Red Lobster website

Stop and Shop
Bill Grize, President and CEO
Ahold USA Retail Operations
1385 Hancock Street
Quincy Center Plaza
Quincy, MA  02169
781-380-8000 or 703-961-6000
E-mail: communications@ahold.com

4. Spread the word. Print out copies of our list of Canadian seafood to avoid and share them with your friends, family, and coworkers.

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