PM Trudeau to Receive Visit From PETA’s Protesting ‘Seal’

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

For Immediate Release:
March 7, 2017

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

HoustonWhat:    Holding a sign proclaiming, “Trudeau: End Canada’s Commercial Seal Slaughter,” a PETA member wearing a seal costume will stand outside the CERAWeek 2017 energy conference on Thursday, where Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be giving the keynote address.

When:    Thursday, March 9

Where:    Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel, Dallas Street entrance between Crawford Street and Avenida de las Americas, Houston

The U.S., the European Union, and Russia have all banned seal products, and on April 1, Switzerland will become the 35th country to do so. Former President Barack Obama has spoken out against the slaughter, during which seals’ heads are bashed in or the animals are shot. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—further notes that sealers hook seals in the eyes, cheeks, or mouth and drag them across the ice, often while they’re still conscious.

“For years, the Canadian government has poured taxpayer dollars into a failing industry that beats, shoots, and skins baby seals who haven’t even had their first solid meal yet,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on the prime minister to end subsidies to the cruel commercial seal slaughter.”

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