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Animal Activists Lead Funeral Procession for Slaughtered Baby Seals

2005-06-08

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 8, 2005

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Michol Rantschler 281.787.7436 michol@insolidaritywithanimals.com

Animal Activists Lead Funeral Procession for Slaughtered Baby Seals

Motorcade from Houston to Dallas to mark this year’s dead, lined up 270 miles along I-45

A funeral procession at least a dozen cars long, adorned with massive banners, posters and graffiti will travel around Houston and to and around Dallas Thursday, stopping at the Canadian Consulates in both cities to tell Canada, “Stop the Massacre of Baby Seals!”

What: Funeral Procession for Baby Seals

When: Starting at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, June 9

Where: Begins at 419 Lovett Blvd, traveling around Houston, with a stop at the Canadian Consulate at 11 a.m., and on to Dallas

Renowned Canadian wildlife preservationist Anthony Marr, who is traveling the country to help end the seal massacre, will lead the procession. Houston-based In Solidarity with Animals (ISWA) and Dallas-based Animal Connection of Texas (ACT) have teamed up with Marr to be sure Houston, Dallas and everywhere between is aware of the seal hunt, the largest and most egregious commercial slaughter of marine mammals in the world.

“Even though the vast majority of our citizens desire an end to the bloody, despicable seal massacre, our Canadian government has refused to stop it,” said Marr, . “We’re turning to the American public and merchants to step in with their power as consumers. Americans can save millions of defenseless seal pups from this cruel fate by refusing to support the powerful fishing industry that has our government in its pocket.”

So far this year, the Canadian Government has allowed 317,672 harp seals to be shot, stabbed, or clubbed to death; nearly one million have been killed in the past three years. About 99.5 percent of the seals were less than a month old. A panel of international veterinarians who studied the commercial seal hunt concluded up to 42 percent of the seals they examined were likely skinned alive while fully conscious.

The last time this many seals were killed, in the 1950s, the harp seal population was driven to near-extinction.

Sealing is an off-season activity conducted by commercial fishermen from Canada’s East Coast. They make, on average, one twentieth of their incomes from sealing – the rest from commercial fisheries.

Canadian seafood exports to the United States, in particular, are worth over 3 billion dollars annually to the Canadian economy, dwarfing the few million dollars from the seal hunt.

Marr, ISWA and ACT have joined a global campaign to end the hunt that involves groups in 27 countries, including the Humane Society of the United States, to effect a collective and sustained boycott of Canadian seafood until the hunt ends.

Whole Foods Market and several other major merchants have already joined the boycott. Marr has personally met with local merchants and restaurants on his tour; many have signed a declaration pledging not to stock, sell or serve Canadian seafood until the Canadian seal hunt is banned.

Marr’s campaign tour has two halves. The current western half includes, in chronological sequence, MN, WI, IL, MO, AR, LA, TX, OK, NM, CO, UT, AZ, NV, CA, OR and WA.

For more information, please visit www.InSolidaritywithAnimals.com, www.hope-care.org or www.protectseals.com
 

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