Naked Protesters to Mark Canada Day by Slamming Seal Slaughter

Flag-Painted PETA Supporters Will Highlight Plummeting Market for Seal Products

For Immediate Release:
June 29, 2015

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Ottawa – With their nearly nude bodies painted to resemble the flags of France, Germany, Mexico, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States—all of which have banned seal products—six PETA supporters will protest Canada’s commercial seal slaughter in front of Parliament Hill on Tuesday, the day before Canada Day.

Where:           The northwest corner of Wellington and Metcalfe streets in front of Parliament Hill, Ottawa

When:             Tuesday, June 30, 12 p.m.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear … or abuse in any other way”—points out that the worldwide opposition to shooting seals, bashing them in the head, and hooking them in the face and dragging them across the ice is killing the quickly fading industry, which now costs millions more to support than it brings in. A study at the University of Guelph found that ending the commercial slaughter would save taxpayers about $7 million a year.

“A lot has changed in the 148 years since the first Canada Day—and that includes the worldwide realization that shooting and clubbing seals for their fur is cruel,” says PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews. “PETA is calling on the Canadian government to do the right thing for taxpayers and animals by ending this subsidized slaughter for good.”

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