PM Trudeau to Be Greeted by Protesting ‘Seal’

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

For Immediate Release:
June 7, 2016

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Toronto – 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 at the 2016 Canada Summit in Toronto on Wednesday. PETA is urging Trudeau to usher in a new era of compassion and fiscal responsibility by ending federal subsidies of the commercial seal slaughter.

Where:           The Westin Harbour Castle, Queens Quay West (between Bay and Yonge streets)

When:             Wednesday, June 8, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

“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 do what the last administration wouldn’t 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 products. In March, PETA’s “spokeseal” trailed Trudeau in Washington, D.C., as he met with President Barack Obama, who has spoken out against the seal slaughter.

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