PETA Unveils Ice Sculpture To Turn Up The Heat On Canada’S Seal Slaughter

For Immediate Release:
30 March 2011

Mimi Bekhechi +44 (0)207 357 9229, ext 238; [email protected]

London – Today, hoping to melt the cold hearts of the pro=seal slaughter Canadian government, PETA members unveiled a 2-metre-tall seal ice sculpture outside the London headquarters of the Canadian High Commission. The seal statue referred onlookers to PETA’s website, where they can watch video footage of the slaughter and sign native Canadian Pamela Anderson’s petition to stop the massacre.

“Even our ice sculpture seems warm compared to Canada’s cold-blooded war on baby seals”, says PETA’s Mandy Carter. “Despite universal condemnation, Canada maintains its cavalier attitude to the biggest massacre of marine mammals in the world.”

During the annual slaughter, hundreds of thousands of baby seals are slated to have their heads bashed in or are shot. The commercial seal slaughter is an off-season profit venture for the fishing industry, and it accounts for less than 1 percent of Newfoundland’s economy. Sealing by native peoples accounts for only about 3 per cent of the slaughter and does not fall under any bans. The EU and the US have banned the import of seal products, and world leaders – including US President Barack Obama, and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin – have spoken out against the carnage.