Justin Trudeau to Be Greeted by Protesting ‘Seal’

As Prime Minister Visits New York, PETA Will Call for End to Canada's Cruel and Wasteful Commercial Seal Slaughter

For Immediate Release:
September 18, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

New York – Holding a sign proclaiming, “Trudeau: End Canada’s Commercial Seal Slaughter,” a PETA member wearing a seal costume will greet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau throughout his visit to New York, including to the opening of the UN General Assembly, Global Citizen Awards Gala and the Bloomberg Global Business Forum. PETA is urging him to usher in a new era of compassion and fiscal responsibility by ending Canada’s subsidies of the commercial seal slaughter.

“For years, the Canadian government has poured millions in taxpayer dollars into a failing industry that shoots, bludgeons, and skins seals,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Campaigns Dan Mathews. “PETA is calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to be a true global citizen and end subsidies to the cruel commercial seal slaughter.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals our not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that the U.S., the EU, and Russia have all banned seal-derived items. PETA’s “spokeseal” has trailed Trudeau around the world.

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