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Hockey Star Wants to Get the Blood Off the Ice

Written by PETA | June 17, 2009
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Georges Laraque

Georges Laraque (or “Big George” to friends and fans) is known for duking it out on the ice as the star enforcer for the Montréal Canadiens, but these days he’s fighting for animal rights.

Georges already protested a fur expo in Montréal, and now he’s just delivered a slap shot to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the bloody seal slaughter. Georges sent a letter to Prime Minister Harper, writing, “Blood on the ice is fine when it comes to Canada’s national sport because players are willing participants, but the blood of helpless baby seals that stains the ice each year is Canada’s shame.”

He joins other notables who have denounced the slaughter, including Canadian Senator Mac Harb, British Columbia native Pamela Anderson, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and President Obama.

I think everyone can agree that this hockey champ is a pro at sticking up for animals.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Amy says:

    From a fellow Canadian thank you George ! Glad more Canadians are speaking out and doing something about animal cruelty !

  • gregor says:

    the world is sssllloooowwwwlllyyy waking up to animal cruelty

  • Charles Leitzow says:

    I also have become a new fan of Georges. I have written letter after letter year after year about stopping this barbaric “Hunt” more like Canned Hunt but I agree that there are far too many Canadian Celebs that should be so ashamed they would find it hard to hold their heads up and sign young Hockey fans autographs etc.. Come On folks get with it!!!

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  • carla says:

    Wow! Awesome… Now this is a REAL man! Listen up all you Canadian fisherman and government officials.. you are all cowards if you let this continue. Much more than cowards! Stop this barbaric and discusting event.. every damn year.

  • Amanda says:

    Wow what a stand up guy.

  • Shawna Flavell says:

    brian albri Georges used to play for the Penguins but now he plays for the Canadiens. I’ve updated the photo. Thanks for your feedback

  • Lucas Solowey says:

    Thats great news. I had the pleasure of working with Georges in Montreal at the fur protest! He is very kind and does great work both on the ice and for animals.

  • Adam Seibel says:

    I have always thought George was a class act! I love contrast in character Big George is an Alist NHL enforcer who obviouslly loves animals! I’m an even bigger fan now.

  • brian albri says:

    Does he play for the Penguins?

  • Dale Balukas says:

    Great to see. But more Canadian born pro athletes need to step and bring “aboot” an end to this barbarism. This means you Wayne Gretzky and you Mike Richards and you Steve Nash. Come on guys! You have the power to stop this!!!

  • lynda downie says:

    Thank you Big George.

  • Merryl Goldman says:

    Awesome!! A person who is willing to put his name out there where it counts. He is a great guy and should be respected and listened to!!

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Georges Laraque has been the toughest pugilist in Hockey for the last ten years. He protects his other mates and will stop during a fight if he senses his opponent is injured. Known as one of the nicest people in the NHL. His respect for animals’ rights does not surprise me at all.

  • Betty Burger says:

    I can’t stand to even think of the horrid things that is happening to those baby seals. Please stop it.

  • NT says:

    WOW! I am Big George’s newest fan!