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:
April 1, 2016

Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

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 convention of Nova Scotia’s Liberal Party in Halifax on Saturday. PETA is urging Prime Minister Trudeau to usher in a new era of compassion and fiscal responsibility by ending federal subsidies of the commercial seal slaughter.

Where:           The Westin Nova Scotian, 1181 Hollis St., Halifax

When:             Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m.–noon

“For years, the Canadian government has poured millions in taxpayer dollars into a failing industry that shoots, bludgeons, and skins seals, many of whom are not killed by the first bullet,” 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 for good.”

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. PETA’s “spokeseal” trailed Prime Minister Trudeau earlier this month in Washington, D.C., as he met with President Barack Obama, who has spoken out against the seal slaughter.

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