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PETA, IFAW Protest Shameful Seal Slaughter With 24-City Torch-Trail Blitz
For Immediate Release:January 4, 2009
Contact:David Shirk 757-622-7382
Winnipeg, Manitoba -- Leading up to the Olympic torch's arrival in Winnipeg, a 12-meter inflatable "seal" will be draped with a banner calling for an end to the annual seal massacre. The mascot will be accompanied by animal advocates who will enlist people to call on their representatives in Parliament to support legislation that would end the slaughter.
When: Tuesday, January 5, 12 noon
Where: Intersection of Broadway and Donald Street, Winnipeg
This demonstration marks a new joint initiative between two very different organizations: PETA, which is known for its provocative protests and celebrity campaigns, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), which is known for its science-based campaign to end Canada's commercial seal slaughter.
"Canada wants to clean up its world image for the Olympics, but as long as the country allows the seal slaughter to continue, that will be the dirty deed that Canada is associated with," says PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews. "We are calling on all Canadians to speak out against the inhumane and unnecessary seal slaughter," said Sheryl Fink, an IFAW researcher who has observed the slaughter for eight years. "As the Vancouver Olympic Games approach, all eyes will be on Canada. Now is the time to put an end to this wasteful and shameful industry."
This year's seal slaughter was the least profitable in recent memory, with a total landed value of a little more than $1 million. As global markets for seal products disappear, there is no economic justification for allowing the slaughter to continue. Commercial sealing has drawn opposition from world leaders as diverse as President Barack Obama, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and His Holiness The Dalai Lama.
PETA and IFAW each have more than 1 million members and supporters worldwide. For more information, please visit PETA.org and IFAW.org.
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