Canada is dismissive of the international opposition to the cruel seal hunt – the largest and most barbaric marine mammal slaughter on the planet. The Canadian government not only defends but also promotes this cruelty. Canada is also blatantly circumventing a European law aimed at stopping this terrible slaughter. The seals are used as scapegoats for past mismanagement of fish stocks, a commercial ‘resource’ and a political football. It is time for the people of the world to show they will not tolerate this barbarism. Boycott all Products from Canada includs Seal Pelts, canadian Seafood, Seal Oil(Omega3),Maple Syrup, canadian Tourism Boycott.
Boycott Canadian Fish and Seafood Products
The sealers themselves are, for the most part, fishermen. The main part of their income is from the sale (and export) of fish and seafood products and the UK is an important customer for these products. Whereas income from the seal hunt is insignificant to Canada, the UK imports over £50 million of seafood from Canada each year.
It is the connection between commercial fisheries and the seal hunt and the economics of both industries which make a boycott of Canadian seafood products a logical step in ending the annual hunt. And it is British consumers and businesses that purchase Canadian seafood who have the power to convince the Canadian government and individual fishermen to stop the slaughter.
It is our firm opinion that only outside economic pressure can now help the seals and we have joined together with an international coalition of animal welfare groups to orchestrate a boycott of Canadian fish and seafood products. We are therefore asking the public, retailers and importers in the UK not to buy Canadian seafood and fish products as they are produced by the same people who are killing the seals. A similar campaign run by the HSUS in America has had great success with thousands of individuals and hundreds of stores and businesses pledging to avoid Canadian seafood.
By boycotting Canadian fish and seafood products you send an important message back to those directly involved in the slaughter of the seals.
Tips to help you identify Canadian seafood Shopping Read the label
Some products are clearly identified as Canadian by the large maple leaf symbol, but make sure you also read the product information. If in doubt ask the manager or member of staff for the country of origin. Also see our Supermarket Guide.
Eating out Talk to the Waiter
Always ask your waiter where their seafood originates from if not identified on the menu.
Whenever you decide not to purchase Canadian seafood, explain that you are doing so in protest at Canada’s seal hunt, and ask the supermarket, shop, market, or restaurant manager or owner to join you.
Let Canada Know
Please tell James Scott Peterson, Canada’s International Trade Minister that you are choosing to boycott Canadian seafood products until the commercial seal hunt is ended for good. Direct your letters and e-mails to:
The Honourable James Scott Peterson, Minister, c/o Canadian High Commission, 1 Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 4AB.
Read the Supermarket Guide: what they say and what not to buy.
The Supermarket Guide
In the early 1980s it was a boycott of Canadian seafood products by leading supermarkets that finally pushed the Canadian government to ban the killing of ‘whitecoat’ harp seals.
79% of the British public want the hunt to be banned – it’s time the supermarkets showed they support YOU. All of the leading supermarkets currently sell Canadian seafood products and are in a key position to help put a stop to the hunt. By refusing to sell Canadian seafood they can play a vital role in helping us end the seal hunt. Many of the supermarkets told us that they want to leave you, the consumer to make your own choice on what products to buy – unfortunately a lot of people unwittingly buy these products without realising their origin – so we want supermarkets to ban the sale of Canadian seafood. To buy or sell seafood from Canada is to support the very industry and people that conduct this slaughter.
Use our sample letter to write to the supermarkets to tell them why you won’t be buying Canadian fish or seafood products and why they should ban them from their stores.
The [supermarket name] claims that it has a commitment to animal welfare. Please put this policy into practice by banning the sale of all Canadian fish and seafood products.
In the last four years the Canadian government has allowed more than a million baby seals to be brutally slaughtered by clubbing and shooting, with the majority of seals killed aged three months or younger. An independent veterinary study concluded that 42% of seals may have been skinned whilst still conscious. The Canadian government not only defends but also promotes this cruelty.
In Canada, the seal hunt is a marginal economic activity, with fishermen earning less than 5% of their annual income from sealing, the main part coming from the sale of fish and seafood products. The UK is an important customer for these products. It is the connection between commercial fisheries and the seal hunt and the economics of both industries which make a boycott of Canadian seafood products a logical step in ending the annual hunt and stopping the slaughter.
The seals are used as scapegoats for past mismanagement of fish stocks, a commercial ‘resource’ and a political football. Opinion polls show that the majority of people in Europe, US and Canada are opposed to the seal hunt and 79% of the British public want the hunt to be banned.
In the early 1980s it was a boycott of Canadian seafood products by leading supermarkets that finally pushed the Canadian government to ban the killing of ‘whitecoat’ harp seals. You are in a key position to help put a stop to the brutal Canadian seal hunt, I urge you now to make an example to the other supermarkets by immediately withdrawing from sale all Canadian fish products.
By refusing to sell Canadian seafood you can play a vital role in helping us end the seal hunt. As a consumer I would like to hear from you about what action you will be taking on this issue and when.
I look forward to hearing from you.
The Supermarkets The CO-OP
The Co-op prides itself on its commitment to animal welfare, stating that it ‘specifically avoids products or ingredients taken from endangered species and where species are taken from the wild.’ The Co-operative bank also has a strong ethical policy on animal welfare and will not invest in any company involved in the fur trade.
Help the Co-op to show its commitment to animals and to you as a consumer by asking it to boycott Canadian fish and seafood products:
- Write to: Martin Beaumont, Group Chief Executive, The Co-operative Group, P.O. Box 53, New Century House, Manchester, M60 4ES
- Telephone: 0800 0686 727
- Fax: 0161 827 6800
- E-mail: Martin.Beaumont@co-op.co.uk or email@example.com
Marks and Spencer
M&S are another retailer that prides itself on caring about animals – often mentioning that very fact in its advertising campaigns. However M&S are happy to sell seafood products that are only ‘to their knowledge’ not from fisherman involved in the seal hunt.
Ask M&S to help the seals by stopping the sale of Canadian fish and seafood products.
- Write to: Mike Barry, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Marks & Spencer, Waterside House, 35 North Wharf Road, London, W2 1NW.
- Telephone: 0845 302 1234
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Asda say ‘we believe that we have a responsibility to help our customers to buy products that do not have a bad effect on our natural environment’. However it does not make it easy for you the consumer to find out what products are from Canada and does not label products with the exact nation of capture.
Ask Asda to prove its dedication to the environment by halting the sale of Canadian fish and seafood products within its stores.
- Write to: Andy Bond, Chief Executive, Asda Ltd, ASDA House, Southbank, Great Wilson Street, Leeds, LS11 5AD
- E-mail: Visit www.asda.co.uk – click on customers services and then contact us
Currently Compassion in World Farming’s Compassionate Supermarket of the Year and voted Food Retailer of the Year in the RSPCA alternative Awards, Waitrose states that it will take all reasonable steps to manage its operations so as to promote good environmental practice and will ensure its supplies reach high animal welfare standards.
Help Waitrose reinforce its welfare practices by asking it to stop the sale of Canadian fish and seafood products.
- Write to: Steven Esom, Managing Director, Waitrose Ltd, Southern, Industrial Area, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 8YA
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tesco ‘aspire to high standards of animal welfare and best practice in its supply base, using up-to-date knowledge of research, ethics, scientific facts and legislation to ensure this happens.’
Contact Tesco and ask it to show its commitment to animal welfare by boycotting Canadian fish and seafood products:
- Write to: David North, Community and Government Director, Tesco Stores, Tesco House, Delamare Road, Cheshunt, Herts, EN8 9SL
- E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sainsbury’s state that it has a long-standing commitment to animal welfare, ask them to show this by banning the sale of Canadian fish and seafood.
- Write to: Justin King, Group Chief Executive, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd, 33 Holborn, London, EC1N 2HT
- E-mail: Visit www.sainsburys.co.uk/home.htm and click on contact us
Somerfield says it recognises it has a responsibility to identify and manage the environmental impacts associated with its products- help it fulfil this by asking Somerfield to stop the sale of Canadian fish and seafood products.
- Write to: Paul Mason, Chief Executive, Somerfield Stores Ltd, Whitchurch Lane, Bristol, BS14 0TJ
- Fax: 0117 9780629 (FAO Paul Mason)
- E-mail: email@example.com or visit www.somerfield.co.uk and click on contact
Morrisons claim fair and ethical trading is important. Ask it to demonstrate this by boycotting Canadian fish and seafood products.
- Write to: Robert Winston Stott, Chief Executive, Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC, Hilmore House, Gain Lane, Bradford, BD3 7DL
- Telephone: 0845 611 6111
Canadian Tourism Boycott
Sealer clubbing seals By boycotting tourism to Canada, especially to Newfoundland and the Magdalen Islands of Quebec, seal hunt opponents
can pressure sealers and their supporters to change their stance on the
Some organizations are fighting to end the seal hunt by encouraging a boycott of all tourism to Canada. Harpseals.org supports these efforts but wishes to focus on tourism to the sealing provinces
and regions. These are the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, from
which most sealers hail, and the Magdalen Islands of Quebec. Prince
Edward Island is home to a few sealers, too. In Nova Scotia, a smaller
seal hunt takes place, the grey seal hunt, perpetrated by Nova Scotia
We encourage those who oppose the seal hunt to let the Canadian government, Canadian tourist agencies, and operators of tourist establishments in Canada know that you are
boycotting Canadian tourism until the seal hunt is banned permanently.
Visit our letters page for automated emails and contact information for several tourism boycott targets. Many additional automated emails are available from an
anti-sealing Newfoundland tourism web site.
What About Harp Seal Tours?
Because there are few things more captivating than baby harp seals living in their natural environment, there are several companies that take people
to the Canadian ice floes to observe these animals. These seal watch
tours take people over the majestic ice fields of Canada by helicopter.
They land on sturdy ice floes and are able to walk right up to the seal
However, those who are considering participating in a seal tour should also know that some seal tour companies are merely fronts for the sealers and
sealing communities themselves. They capitalize on the beauty and charm
of the harp seal pups in February and early March and then kill these
seals in late March and early April.
Seal tours that are based in the Magdalen Islands of Quebec directly support a small community of sealers. Some even hire helicopter pilots who also
work for sealers in spotting seals to kill. Natural Habitat Adventures
was the original tour operation traveling to the seals. Travel Wild
Expeditions was founded by Magdalen Islands residents who saw that seal
tours were profitable and decided to set up a competing tour group.
Although Natural Habitat Adventures is not a Magdalen Islands-based
company, both companies base their tours out of the Magdalen Islands
and therefore support sealers.
Seal Oil: The Other Seal Product
Seal oil capsules
Harp seals have a thick layer of blubber underneath their skin, which protects them from the freezing temperatures of the North Atlantic. The
oil obtained from this blubber layer is sold in capsules as a nutrition
supplement. The oil is reputed to taste bad, resulting in the fact that
it is not sold for direct use in food (as flax seed oil, hemp seed oil,
and chia seed oil are).
Atlantic Marine Products is a major purveyor of harp seal oil (along with pelts). This company is owned by the large seafood distributor, the Barry Group.
One company that purchases Atlantic Marine Products' harp seal oil is
Terra Nova Fishery Products, founded by Dr. Cosmas Ho, a Newfoundland
researcher and entrepreneur. He can be emailed from here.
Another brand of seal oil capsules is Omega 3 Plus . Note: that neither company sells to the U.S. because all marine mammal products, including harp
seal oil and pelts, are illegal in the U.S. thanks to the Marine Mammal
Atlantic Marine Products produces a brochure that states, "Marine oil, derived from the North Atlantic Harp Seal, has been identified as a rich source of Omega-3 polyunsaturated
fatty acids." Throughout the pamphlet, the health benefits of omega-3
fatty acids are touted, but nowhere does this company or the Omega 3
Plus company present proven advantages of harp seal oil over flax seed
oil, hemp seed oil, or chia seed oil...and the latter oils taste good
and come from plants!
What's more, all marine mammals now have high levels of mercury and other pollutants (from man-made pollution) in their bodies, mostly concentrated in the fatty tissue.
This has resulted in high levels of mercury in the tissues of the Inuit
people of Newfoundland, who consume seals, whales, and other marine
mammals in their traditional diet. Nevertheless, the companies that
sell harp seal oil do not mention the issue of contaminants in their
Save Seals by Boycotting Canadian Maple Syrup
Every year, the Canadian government allows sealers to beat, skin, and kill hundreds of thousands of baby seals for their fur. Many of these pups
have their heads bashed in or are shot before they even get a chance to
eat their first solid meal or learn how to swim. So what is an easy
step that we can all take to help stop the Canadian seal slaughter?
You can help end Canada's annual war on seals by boycotting a product that is vital to the country's economy: maple syrup. Canada produces approximately 85 percent of the world's maple syrup, with the U.S. as its largest consumer, and by buying this Canadian product, you
are supporting Canadian cruelty. By pledging to boycott Canadian maple
syrup, you'll be speaking up for baby seals in Canada, for whom life isn't so sweet, and telling Canada that you won't support its product until you can support its practices.
Restaurants and grocery stores can also take part in this boycott.
While you're boycotting Canadian maple syrup to help save seals, you can still enjoy maple syrup from other countries. Try American maple syrup
brands like Butternut Mountain, Reese, and NOW Foods share them with your friends and family too!
Harp seals are facing a new threat - global warming - which is resulting in dramatically reduced ice coverage in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and off Newfoundland.
Your government is on record stating it will take 'real action' on global warming. And yet you have ignored the one tangible action your government could take to combat the effects of global warming - dramatically
reducing the seal hunt quota.
Apart from these serious conservation concerns shared by many Canadians, the seal hunt targets baby animals, a practice that is unacceptable to the majority of Canadians. In the past two years, 98% of the seals killed have been
less than three months old. Severe cruelty has been witnessed and documented at
the hunt during the past 30 years and incidents of cruelty are not decreasing.
This hunt only continues to exist because it is propped up by a range of government subsidies and tax-payers money. More and more countries around the world are adopting legislation to ban the import of seal products.
Instead of investing in meaningful employment opportunities for Newfoundlanders, the federal government continues to fund and support a seasonal and wasteful seal hunt which draws national and international
criticism to a proud region of Canada trying to build a reputation for
high-tech research and first-class environmental tourism.
I urge you to act immediately to end this unnecessary cruelty to seals and to restore Canada's pride as a humane and ecologically responsible society.
we, the undersigned