18 April 2011

Celebrity chefs boycott Canadian seafood to protest seal hunt

If you are looking for a little Canadian flare in your food don’t come knocking at these celebrity chefs’ kitchens.

Twelve of America’s favorite culinary aficionados have joined the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) effort to stop the annual Canadian seal hunt by boycotting the nation’s seafood.

That means “Top Chef All Stars” participants Richard Blais, Jennifer Carroll, Carla Hall, Mike Isabella, Jamie Lauren, Antonia Lofaso, Dale Levitski, Angelo Sosa, Dale Talde, Casey Thompson, Fabio Viviani, and Tre Wilcox will not be serving seafood originating from the land that gave us hockey and Ryan Reynolds.

“These chefs are sending a strong, clear message that this slaughter must stop, and it must stop now,” said HSUS Senior Vice President of Wildlife, John Grandy, Ph.D. “The Humane Society of the United States thanks these chefs for generating awareness about the cruel seal slaughter. They are united in their passion for cooking and in their opposition to the annual commercial slaughter of seals off the east coast of Canada; in our book, they are all stars.”

The terrific 12 join more than “5,500 chefs, restaurants, and grocery stores that are part of the Protect Seals boycott. Other chefs that have joined the boycott include Cat Cora, Mario Batali, Helene An, Govind Armstrong, Michelle Bernstein, Terrance Brennan, Susan Feniger, Suzanne Goin, Bernard Guillas, Raphael Lunetta, Mary Sue Milliken, Marc Murphy, Nancy Oakes, Roland Passot, Mark Peel, Nora Pouillon, Douglas Rodriguez, Michael Romano, Aaron Sanchez, Kerry Simon, and Joachim Splichal.”

It’s no surprise that the list of participants in HSUS’s Protect Seals campaign is growing. Anyone who investigates the suffering and carnage caused by the hunt can’t help but be moved to action.

According to HSUS:
• Canada's commercial seal hunt is the largest slaughter of marine mammals on Earth, with more than 1 million seals killed in the past five years alone.
• 97 percent of the seals killed are defenseless pups less than 3 months old.
• The seals are killed primarily for their fur, which is exported for use in international fashion markets.
• Veterinary experts have concluded Canada's commercial seal hunt is inherently inhumane given the extreme environmental conditions in which the sealers operate and the speed at which the killing must be conducted.

We love you Canada but hey let’s get with it and end this barbaric and downright brutal practice ASAP.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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