‘Club Kids’ Slam Canada’S Seal Slaughter At Canada Day Festivities

For Immediate Release:
1 July 2011

Sandra Smiley 020 7357 9229, ext 229; [email protected]

London – Today, wearing loud costumes and holding signs with graphic photos from Canada’s annual baby-seal slaughter that read, “Canada’s Club Scene Sucks”, PETA “ravers” joined the festivities at Trafalgar Square for the biggest Canada Day celebration held outside Canada’s borders. Their point? Despite universal condemnation and plummeting demand for seal pelts, Canada cavalierly carries on with the biggest massacre of marine mammals in the world.

“We want Canada Day revelers to know that clubbing and shooting baby seals to   death is nothing to celebrate”, says PETA manager Mimi Bekhechi. “The seal slaughter will be a stain on Canada’s international reputation until it is finally stopped.”

The Canadian government spends more than $7 million (£4 million) each year defending the seal slaughter, although direct profits barely exceeded £600,000 in 2009. World leaders, including Barack Obama and His Holiness The Dalai Lama, have spoken out against the clubbing of baby seals, yet Canada is spending another $10 million (£6 million) to challenge the EU’s ban on seal products. Numerous celebrities, including Steve-O, Pamela Anderson and Kelly Osbourne, have joined PETA in speaking out against the annual slaughter. Earlier this year, Iggy Pop and Ke$ha posed for ads for the popular campaign.