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February 23, 2012

The HSUS Launches New iPhone App at 'Chefs for Seals’ in San Francisco

Consumers can now help save seals when they dine and shop

The Humane Society of the United States, along with Nigel Barker and supporters who have banded together as “Chefs for Seals,” launched the new iPhone app Monday, empowering consumers to help save seals in danger. The app allows users to locate restaurants and food suppliers who support boycotting Canadian seafood products until the country ends its annual slaughter of baby seals.

The event drew attention to the plight of seals on Canada’s eastern coast and spotlighted the more than 100 compassionate chefs in the Bay Area who have joined in trying to save them.

“The many Bay Area chefs who have joined The Humane Society of the United States boycott of Canadian seafood are sending a clear message to Canada’s fishing industry that its commercial seal slaughter must end now,” said John Grandy, Ph.D., senior vice president of wildlife for The HSUS. “With the launch of this new iPhone app, consumers have a quick and easy way to bring their economic power to bear against this annual slaughter.”

The “protect seals” app is a free resource for the iPhone, soon to be offered for other smartphone platforms. By directing their business to restaurants and shopping at establishments listed on this app, consumers can help to bring an end, once and for all, to Canada's cruel and needless commercial seal slaughter.

The San Francisco festivities began with a photo shoot by celebrity photographer Nigel Barker, from “America’s Next Top Model.” His subjects were participating chefs, including Charlie Ayers, Dominique Crenn, Alan Fairhurst, Emily Luchetti, and Roland Passot.

The event at Farallon Restaurant featured hors d'oeuvres and desserts by Chefs Mark Franz and Luchetti, both of whom  donated their food. Bartenders Ryan Fitzgerald of Beretta and Kevin Diedrich of Jasper’s created and served signature cocktails for the event. Beer and wine were donated by Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petroni Vineyards, Crimson Wine Group, Pine Ridge Vineyards, Chamisal Vineyards and Seghesio Family Winery.

Throughout the United States and Europe, support for the boycott is growing with more than 5,500 restaurants and grocery stores participating. Trader Joe’s, Andronico’s Community Markets, The Mina Group, Clean Fish,  Batali – Bastianich Hospitality Group, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Cafés, Ted Turner’s Ted’s Montana Grill and Whole Foods Markets are just a handful of the many notable companies supporting the campaign.          

A complete list of the chefs, restaurants and supermarkets participating in the boycott is at humanesociety.org/protectseals. The app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store by searching for “protect seals.” A direct link can be found here: humanesociety.org/sealapp.

Photos available for media download.

Facts:

  • Ninety-seven percent of the seals killed are defenseless pups younger than 3 months old. The seals are killed primarily for their fur, which is exported for use in fashion markets.
  • Canada's commercial seal hunt is the largest slaughter of marine mammals on Earth, with nearly 1 million seals killed in the past five years alone.
  • Veterinary experts say Canada's commercial seal hunt is inherently inhumane because of the environment in which it operates and the speed at which the killing occurs.
  • Sealers are commercial fishermen who earn, on average, less than 5 percent of their annual incomes from killing the seals. The remainder comes from seafood including crab, shrimp and lobster.
  • Canadian government representatives have said the only way the commercial seal hunt can be ended is if the fishing industry demands it.
  • To give the Canadian fishing industry an incentive to act, HSUS launched the ProtectSeals boycott of Canadian seafood.
  • Giancarla Bodoni, Michelle Bernstein, Cat Cora, Jonathan Critchley, Mario Curko, Jonathan Eismann, Cindy Hutson, Todd Mark Miller, Nancy Oakes, Nora Pouillon, Michel Richard, Douglas Rodriguez, Michael Romano, Michael Schwartz, Kerry Simon and Allen Susser are among the hundreds of compassionate chefs working with The Humane Society of the United States.

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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.

 Chefs for Seals is an informal group of chefs whose passion for the seal issue has propelled them to host events designed to raise public awareness about the plight of seals targeted in Canada's annual commercial seal slaughter. Partnering with The Humane Society of the United States, we are dedicated to spreading the word that by boycotting Canadian seafood we can enact change with pressure on the industry that orchestrates the hunt. The first event was hosted by chefs in Washington DC in July 2009.

 

 

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