Gillian Anderson to Justin Trudeau: End the Commercial Seal Slaughter

Published by PETA.

This week, longtime PETA supporter Gillian Anderson—who has filmed in Canada for more than 20 years, including in Vancouver, where The X-Files was shot, and in Toronto, where Hannibal and the hotly anticipated American Gods (which debuts next week) were filmed—sent a letter asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to end the East Coast commercial seal slaughter, noting that climate change is already killing baby seals. This year’s seal slaughter began April 11.

Citing this National Geographic report, Anderson writes, “[C]limate change is already decimating ice-dependent seals. It has resulted in less ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Without ice, baby seals drown. You’ve said, ‘Climate change will test our intelligence, our compassion and our will. But we are equal to that challenge.’ My friends at PETA and I ask that you consider the impact of climate change on both humans and marine life and call off the commercial seal slaughter for good.”

LEFT: photo by Stephen Busken

In addition to speaking up for seals and other animals, Anderson remains an active feminist. Her new book, We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere, cowritten with Jennifer Nadel, is “the road map they wish they’d had for how to live a meaningful life.” Anderson’s stellar career and consistent advocacy work make her life meaningful indeed!

What You Can Do

If you’re inspired by Anderson’s activism, you can take action, too. Trudeau has tackled many social issues since taking office, and now, he has an opportunity to help others who desperately need it: baby seals. Click the button below to write your own letter urging the Canadian prime minister to end federal subsidies of the commercial seal slaughter.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind