PM Trudeau to Receive First Visit From PETA’s Protesting ‘Seal’

PETA Calls for End to Canada's Cruel and Wasteful Commercial Seal Slaughter

For Immediate Release:
March 9, 2016

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Holding a sign proclaiming, “Trudeau: End Canada’s Commercial Seal Slaughter,” a PETA member wearing a seal costume will stand outside the White House on Thursday as Canada’s new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, arrives for a meeting with President Barack Obama on the environment and climate change.

Where:           The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C.

When:             Thursday, March 10

The U.S., the European Union, and Russia have all banned seal products, and President Obama has spoken out against the slaughter, in which seals have their heads bashed in or are shot. Sealers hook seals in the eyes, cheeks, or mouth and drag them across the ice, often while they’re still conscious. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—further notes that poor ice conditions will likely result in a high seal mortality rate this spring.

“For years, the Canadian government has poured taxpayer dollars into a failing industry that beats, shoots, and skins baby seals who haven’t even had their first solid meal yet,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman.”PETA is calling on the prime minister to do what the last administration wouldn’t and end subsidies to the cruel commercial seal slaughter for good.”

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