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"Don't Wait for the Olympics!" Friends of Animals Tells Tourists, "Boycott Canada Now, 'Til Seal Hunt Stops"

April 10, 2006 | Seals

For Immediate Release: 10 April 2006
Contact: Priscilla Feral, President
Tel: 203.656.1522

Darien, Conn., U.S.
"“ With Canada preparing to go full-speed ahead on its annual seal hunt, Friends of Animals today unveiled an international tourism boycott to press the Canadian government to stop the kill.

Friends of Animals president Priscilla Feral states:

"We ask people everywhere to avoid travel to Canada until its government stops this miserable seal slaughter. The government sets the kill quotas. Government funds assist the kill. These resources must be redirected to build a real economic foundation for Canada's coastal residents.

"Don't wait for the Olympics: Stay away and end this now."

The Canadian Institute for Business and the Environment reports that over $20 million in Canadian federal dollars supported seal processing between 1995 and 2001. The funds also maintain plants, cover ice-breaking support, and sustain research and marketing for seal products. In short, the seal-killing industry is propped up.

The World Tourism Organization ranks Canada among the world's top dozen travel destinations. It attracted 20 million tourists in 2002, but by 2004 was down to about 19 million.[1] To boost the industry, Ottawa spent $78 million last year on the Canadian Tourism Bureau.[2] "Obviously," Priscilla Feral stated, "Tourism, which generates tens of billions each year, is vital in a way the heavily subsidized, $16.5 million seal-pelt business is not."

Adds Feral, "Effects on the Royal Canadian Pacific Railroad, cruise lines stopping in Canada, and hotels and attractions from Niagara Falls to Calgary will ripple throughout the economy."

The boycott will place emphasis on Canada's top visitor markets -- people from the United States, Britain, France, Germany, and Australia. As hundreds of thousands work in the travel sector, the boycott will impact the Canadian people. But Canada's populace, after all, must be moved to hold its own government accountable.

Friends of Animals called on environmentalists, students, animal advocacy groups, and people on the streets to support the boycott. Says Feral: "Groups have documented and monitored the kill for too long. Forget marine mammal regulations and pretending that enforcement can make it humane. No matter how many seals are killed, it's immoral. Dying is one by one."

Once this killing ends, the group will avidly support ecologically sound travel.

"Seal watching and ecotours, launched in the 1980s through businesses such as Habitat Adventures and Travel Wild Expeditions, are a much better bet to address the province's 15% jobless rate," said Feral. "That was proven when the whale- killing communities adjusted their economy. We have and will support careful, prudent ecotourism."

Likewise, the Green Party of Canada believes seal watching excursions would be better for the economy and the ecology of the East coast.[3]

The Green Party notes that Europeans arrived on the continent to find about 24 million harp seals living in balance with so many fish that their abundance could impede the passage of ships. Today, less than five million harp seals remain, and the cod are gone.

The Green Party has called for an end to federal support for the kill in no uncertain terms. Its leader, Jim Harris, stated it's high time to "develop sustainable jobs that will bring Newfoundland and Labrador international praise."

Friends of Animals, headquartered in Darien, Connecticut, has been a global leader in animal rights advocacy since 1957.


  1. Recent (2005) data available.
  2. Catherine Porter, "Big-Spending Tourists Shun Toronto," Toronto Star (2 Feb. 2006)
  3. Information on the Green Party of Canada and its opposition to the seal kill is available through:


My family plans on boycotting Canadian products as well as the Canadian tourism industry until this cruel and barbaric process is banned permanently. If ethics don't spur you into action, perhaps economics will.

Canada, your light is now out as a vacation place for me, it has been for 23 years, I went to your country during summers with my Grandparents, it's beautiful country. But when I learned of your disgusting secret...seal slaughter...I won't go. I now know that your government was offered 16 million by the CEO of Prai Beauty. That's 2 million more than what you say that's lost to fishing families. It's distribution is at the goverments discrection. Canada has REFUSED that money. Why?

how can you look in the eyes of anything and kill it. all life is life.

I've been there twice... but now you couldn't pay me to go there!

Anyone who trys to justify the slaughter of the baby seals in Canada is just plain out of their mind!!! There is no justification for slaughtering an animal for any reason, especially for some person's greed!!! Kill a baby seal so you can wear a freaking coat or stuff your own face! It is outrageous and every decent human being should boycot Canadian anything!!! The good people of the world need to stop this inhumane act once and for all. There can not be any justification for killing a baby of any kind or any animal ESPECIALLY if they are conscious to feel the unthinkable pain that so many are reported feeling. The Canadians need to get with the 21st century and find humane ways to clothe and feed. Cave man days are over!

one more thing. Anyone who tries to justify that there is enough of any species to slaughter is out of their minds as well!! That's a really nice thing to say for a decent human being to say. We the humane race probably have the largest number to spare and we don't go around slaughtering our own and we probably have the largest of unmanaged pests and we still don't. We have a hard time sending confessed murderes to their death. Inhumane is inhumane no matter how you slice it. Anyone who can sleep justifying a baby seal or any animal being slaughtered inhumanely is crazy. How would they like to be clubbed and skinned or their own children clubbed and skinned in front of them. The fact that the Canadians do this and the rest of the world sits back and watches shows the human race is a failure!.

This boycott of Canadian Tourism will fail as miserably as the seafood boycott did. With an annual revenue of 52 Billion I think we can make it through. 90% of New foundland hunters use rifles so I don't know whats with all this clubbing stuff. Canada doesn't care what America thinks, when we ask for the USAs opinion we ask for it. You guys have such a problem with the seal hunt, but the US has capital punishment. Pardon my French but I value the life of a human over that of a seal. Hey america stop capital punishment.

If the Norwegians are part of this why not do something about them? They are for the kill as well!! Per above, they are buying the pelts??? [Blog editors'note: There are seal fur markets in Europe, Asia, inside Canada, Norway., Greenland, and more. People should refuse to wear all fur.

You know it's wrong. There's really nothing more to say. Murder is murder.

I don't think anyone , supporting the baby seals, cares about what a Canadian , who does, thinks


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