PETA Will Send Smoke Signals to Politicians to Call Them Out
For Immediate Release:
April 13, 2016
Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382
Accompanied by a “seal,” a PETA member will burn play money in a charcoal barbecue that reads, “Commercial Seal Slaughter: Tax $ up in Smoke,” in front of Parliament Hill on Thursday. PETA is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to usher in a new era of compassion and fiscal responsibility by ending federal subsidies of the commercial seal slaughter, which costs Canadian taxpayers $7 million every year.
Where: South corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets, Ottawa
When: Thursday, April 14, 12 p.m. sharp
“For years, the Canadian government has poured millions in taxpayer dollars into a failing industry that shoots, bludgeons, and skins gentle young seals,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Campaigns Dan Mathews. “PETA is calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to stop sending Canadian money up in smoke and end subsidies to this cruel industry.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals our not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that there are no remaining major markets for seal fur, as the U.S., the EU, and Russia have all banned seal products. A former fisheries minister admitted that animal rights activists thwarted efforts to market seal products in China, and Newfoundland’s largest seal processor admitted having seal fur stockpiled from years ago that it has been unable to sell.
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