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April 7, 2011

Celebrity Chefs Join The HSUS' Protect Seals Campaign

The Humane Society of the United States is proud to announce that 12 of America’s favorite celebrity chefs have joined the Protect Seals boycott of Canadian seafood. Richard Blais, Jennifer Carroll, Carla Hall, Mike Isabella, Jamie Lauren, Antonia Lofaso, Dale Levitski, Angelo Sosa, Dale Talde, Casey Thompson, Fabio Viviani, and Tre Wilcox, all participants on Bravo’s "Top Chef All Stars," are teaming up with The HSUS in an effort to end Canada’s commercial seal slaughter.

Early next week, Canada’s commercial seal slaughter begins in earnest. This year, despite some of the worst ice conditions on record resulting in mass seal pup mortality, the Canadian government has authorized the killing of more seals than they have ever allowed before.

Thanks to their considerable culinary talents, their dynamic personalities and their regular appearance on television, these 12 chefs are some of the best-known kitchen personalities in the United States. They are using that visibility to help put pressure on the Canadian government to end the senseless slaughter once and for all.

By encouraging restaurants, chefs, and consumers to boycott Canadian seafood, The HSUS intends to convince Canada's fishing industry to stop participating in and supporting the commercial seal slaughter each spring off the East Coast.

 “These chefs are sending a strong, clear message that this slaughter must stop, and it must stop now,” said HSUS Senior Vice President of Wildlife, John Grandy, Ph.D. “The Humane Society of the United States thanks these chefs for generating awareness about the cruel seal slaughter. They are united in their passion for cooking and in their opposition to the annual commercial slaughter of seals off the east coast of Canada; in our book, they are all stars.” 

Quotes from these 12 chefs in support of the HSUS’ Protect Seals boycott are at humanesociety.org/chefsforseals

They join more than 5,500 chefs, restaurants, and grocery stores that are part of the Protect Seals boycott.  Other chefs that have joined the boycott include Cat Cora, Mario Batali, Helene An, Govind Armstrong, Michelle Bernstein, Terrance Brennan, Susan Feniger, Suzanne Goin, Bernard Guillas, Raphael Lunetta, Mary Sue Milliken, Marc Murphy, Nancy Oakes, Roland Passot, Mark Peel, Nora Pouillon, Douglas Rodriguez, Michael Romano, Aaron Sanchez, Kerry Simon, and Joachim Splichal.

Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Markets, Harris Teeter, The Patina Group, China Grill Management Inc., Batali – Bastianich Hospitality Group, Legal Sea Foods, the Bon Appétit Management Company, and Ted Turner’s Ted’s Montana Grill and are just a handful of the many fantastic companies that are participating.

Canada's seal slaughter is conducted by commercial fishermen who earn, on average, less than 5 percent of their annual income from killing seals. Polling in 2010 by research firm Ipsos Reid shows that 50 percent of Newfoundland sealers holding an opinion support a federal industry buyout – a plan in which sealers would be compensated for their licenses, and funds invested in economic alternatives in the communities involved.

Facts

  • Canada's commercial seal hunt is the largest slaughter of marine mammals on Earth, with more than 1 million seals killed in the past five years alone.
  • 97 percent of the seals killed are defenseless pups less than 3 months old.
  • The seals are killed primarily for their fur, which is exported for use in international fashion markets.
  • Veterinary experts have concluded Canada's commercial seal hunt is inherently inhumane given the extreme environmental conditions in which the sealers operate and the speed at which the killing must be conducted.

 

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at humanesociety.org.

 

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