She’s Back: PETA’s ‘Spokeseal’ Follows PM Trudeau to D.C.

For Immediate Release:
March 30, 2016

Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

Washington – When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau returns to Washington, D.C., to attend President Barack Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit, he’ll see a familiar face: the PETA member in a seal costume who shadowed him during his last visit, holding a sign proclaiming, “Trudeau: End Canada’s Commercial Seal Slaughter.”


Photo Credit: Leigh Vogel/PETA

Note: The proximity of PETA’s “spokeseal” to the prime minister will depend on event security.

“Kind people around the world have condemned the beating, shooting, and skinning of baby seals, yet the Canadian government keeps throwing money away by propping up this dying industry,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to prove himself a true progressive by ending subsidies to the cruel commercial seal slaughter.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—has more information on the campaign against the commercial seal slaughter available here, and more photos will be available upon request after these events. Please let me know if you have any questions or if there’s any further information I can provide. Many thanks.

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