September 21, 2011
KG - NY Restaurant Group Joins The HSUS to Protect Seals
The Humane Society of the United States is pleased to announce that KG-NY Restaurant Group has joined the Protect Seals boycott of Canadian seafood. By encouraging restaurants, chefs and consumers to boycott Canadian seafood, The Humane Society of the United States intends to convince Canada's fishing industry to stop participating in and supporting the commercial seal slaughter each spring off the East Coast.
KG-NY’s Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner was quick to point out how indefensible the seal slaughter really is, “Clubbing and shooting baby seals for fashion is an abomination that should not be tolerated. I’m honored to support The Humane Society of the United States’ Protect Seals campaign and to do my part to bring an end to this tragedy.”
Highly-lauded Chef Gutenbrunner is the chef & co-owner of NYC's Wallsé, Café Sabarsky, Blaue Gans, Cafe Kristall, and the Upholstery Store and the author of "Neue Cuisine: The Elegant Tastes of Vienna." Chef Gutenbrunner's contemporary Austrian cuisine and his great love of art have earned him numerous rave reviews in the NY Times, resulted in him being awarded the highly coveted Michelin Star Rating, and secured him a spot among the luminaries in NYC's culinary world.
“The Humane Society of the United States is honored that Chef Gutenbrunner and the KG-NY Restaurant Group have joined the ever-growing list of individuals, restaurants and corporations that are saying enough is enough; the Canadian commercial seal slaughter must end now,” said John Grandy, Ph.D., HSUS senior vice president of wildlife.
KG- NY Restaurant Group (kg-ny.com) joins an impressive list of restaurant groups across the United States that are boycotting Canadian seafood until Canada ends its annual commercial slaughter of seal pups.
Throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, support for the boycott is growing with more than 5,500 restaurants and grocery stores participating.
- Top chefs such as Mario Batali, Cat Cora, Michel Richard, Kerry Simon, Nancy Oakes, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger have pledged their support as have such companies as Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe's, Harris Teeter, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafes, Legal Sea Foods, BI-LO Supermarkets, WinCo Foods, Ted Turner's steakhouse chain - Ted's Montana Grill, and Bon Apptit Management Company. A complete list of grocery companies and seafood suppliers participating in the boycott is here and a list of participating restaurants is here.
- Canada's seal slaughter targets defenseless baby seals. Canadian government kill reports show that 97 percent of the seals killed in recent years have been younger than 3 months old, while most have been just 1 month old or younger at the time of slaughter.
- Veterinary experts argue that Canada's commercial seal slaughter is inherently inhumane because of the extreme, uncontrolled environment in which the killing operates and the speed at which the killing must occur.
- Global markets for seal products are closing. Canada's two largest trading partners—the United States and the European Union—have both prohibited trade in seal products. Mexico and Croatia have also ended their trade in seal products, and animal protection groups the world over are urging more nations to follow suit.
- The Canadian sealing industry achieved record low economic returns in both 2009 and 2010. While the industry brought in roughly $1 million in each of these years, the Canadian government estimates the cost of enforcement at the slaughter to be up to $3.6 million annually. In addition, the Canadian government has invested millions of dollars in promoting the sealing industry internationally and working to block prohibitions on seal product trade.
- A boycott of Canadian seafood, that will continue until the seal slaughter ends for good, has already cost the Canadian economy many times the value of the sealing industry. More than 5,500 establishments and 650,000 people have pledged to avoid some or all Canadian seafood until the seal hunt ends for good. Recent polling conducted by Ipsos Reid shows that two-thirds of Newfoundland sealers holding an opinion are concerned about the impact of the boycott. For more information about the campaign to save Canadian seals, please visit hsicanada.ca
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