Saving Seals One Bottle of Syrup at a Time

Published by PETA.

Since Vermont is America’s top producer of maple syrup, we figured that the state capital was the best place to launch our international boycott of Canadian maple syrup. Of course, Vermonters have always had a soft spot for their state’s delicious syrup, but now there’s yet another reason for all consumers to buy only American syrup—it’s cruelty-free! Check out the pictures from the demonstration:


PETA’s “seal” wielded a hakapik (the weapon sealers use to kill baby seals) and was given the chance to take out his aggression toward sealers on a 6-foot-tall bottle of gooey Canadian “maple syrup.”
The blood-red contents of this bottle are symbolic of the real blood spilled by Canadian sealers during their annual slaughter.
We definitely won the fight against this massive bottle of syrup, but we still have more to do to help end the Canadian seal slaughter for good—so urge your local restaurateurs to boycott Canadian maple syrup now!


Canada has ignored calls from around the world to stop the seal slaughter, but we’re hoping that a plunge in maple syrup sales will get the government’s attention. So, as one compassionate Vermonter so accurately screamed out his window as he drove by the demonstration, “Vermont syrup saves seals!”

Written by Liz Graffeo

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