Celebrity chef Curtis Stone has joined with the Humane Society of the United States in the effort to protect Canadian seals.
Over the past five years the annual seal hunt has been responsible for the slaughter of more than one million seals. Ninety-seven percent of the seals killed are under three months old. The defenseless pups are mainly slaughtered for their fur used in the fashion industry. Many of the seal pups are shot or clubbed to death, then skinned alive. At this time the Canadian Government is reluctant to take any measures to stop this slaughter.
Chef Stone, host of Bravo's Top Chef Masters and an award winning chef, has made the commitment to stand against the Canadian slaughter hoping that his name will bring some attention to the hunt. Other Chefs that have also lent their support are Mario Batali, Charlie Ayers, Cat Cora and Carla Hall.
“I’m proud to stand with The Humane Society of the United States and the hundreds of other chefs working to encourage Canada’s fishing industry and its government to end the Canadian seal slaughter once and for all,” says Stone. “It’s important to stand up for what is right, and as chefs we have the power to enact change.”
A smart phone app, that allows individuals to locate seal-friendly businesses that have signed the Protect Seals pledge, is available for free on iPhone and Android phones, at humanesociety.org/sealapp.
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