According to boycott expert and long-time seal protection activist Stephen Best of Environmental Voters: If the experiences in the mid 1980s are indicative, the Canadian Seafood Boycott - if well-implemented - will likely end the commercial seal hunt. The most optimistic estimated value of the seal hunt is $16 million; exports of seafood to the US are about $3.3 billion. Therefore, the seal hunt value is less than 0.48% of the value of exports to the US. If we can achieve just a 25% decline in the wholesale price in the US, that's $825 million or 51 times the value of the seal hunt.
Sea Shepherd asks you to honor this boycott which is one of three strategies that we are pursuing as a part of the Unified Opposition against the Canadian seal slaughter (Canadian Seafood Boycott and Demonstrations) . Thank you to Harpseals.org for compiling the below information in items #1-3.
Those who kill the seals and their related industries are our targets. That's why our MAIN BOYCOTT TARGET is: Seafood from Atlantic Canada
1) Seafood from Atlantic Canada
Seafood from Atlantic Canada is our primary focus, especially seafood from Newfoundland. Our main targets are:
These can be dried, salted, smoked, canned, fresh or frozen. They are sold in grocery stores where they SHOULD (according to US law) be labeled as coming from Canada. They are also sold in restaurants and cafeterias.
So, if you eat seafood at restaurants or cafeterias, be sure to ask where it's from... and BOYCOTT CANADIAN!
One of the major points we'd like to emphasize in regards to this boycott is the importance for ANYBODY INVOLVED IN OPPOSING the annual seal killing to realize how closely tied the fish and seafood industry is to the seal product industry. This is precisely the reason why a targeted boycott for seafood can be effective!
Some major brands and companies to boycott are:
Acadian, Atlantic Pearl, Bay Shore, Blue Royal, Breakwater, Brunswick, Cape Cod, Canadian Cove, Century Seafoods, Classic (from Beothic), Clearwater, Deep Sea, Doyle, Fisherman's Finest, Fishery Products International (FPI), Fogo Island, Harbour View, Highliner Foods, Island Pride, Luxury (from Beothic), Northland, Notre Dame Seafoods, Ocean Choice, Ocean Elite, Ocean Leader, Ocean Queen, Ocean Select, Oram's Choice, Quinland, Quin-Sea, Sea Best (from Beaver Street Co.), Seafreez, Sea Fresh, St. Paul's, World Catch, and, lastly, Violet brand
(See the handy PRINT FRIENDLY LIST to carry in your wallet!)
IF YOU REPRESENT ONE OF THESE BRANDS WE ARE BOYCOTTING AND WANT TO GET OFF THIS LIST, we can help you . . .
It's easy to GET OFF OUR BOYCOTT TARGET LIST! All we ask is that you write a letter to both the DFO and your local politician in charge, stating that you OPPOSE the seal hunt and are concerned about your company's well being, (and the future of all Canadian fishermen), if the boycott continues.
If you do that, we will not only take you OFF the above list, but we will HIGHLIGHT YOUR OPPOSITION to the seal hunt!
Information on specific companies involved:
Not only are many fishermen also sealers, but one of the largest seal processors, Atlantic Marine Products, is owned by the Barry Group, the largest seafood processor and exporter in Newfoundland. The Barry Group sells mostly cold-water shrimp, lobsters, snow crabs, herring, and mackerel. Two of their biggest customers are Red Lobster and Long John Silvers.
Another large fish processor is Independent Fish Harvesters, Inc., owned by a group of fishermen. This company, located in Brigus, sells frozen cooked snow crabs mostly to the Carolinas, Florida, and the West Coast of the U.S. They sell to such distributors as Beaver Street (Jacksonville, FL), which markets snow crabs under the label "Sea Best" and World Catch (Seattle, WA), which sells snow crabs in 2 lb. boxes. They also sell to grocers which sell them under their own store brands. Sometimes they also sell to Singleton, a subsidiary of ConAgra based in Florida.
Another large seafood processor is Fishery Products International. They sell cooked, frozen cold-water shrimp, sometimes breaded. They are sold frozen in 1, 2, or 5 lb. bags and labeled FPI. In addition to exporting to the U.S., they sell these shrimp in the U.K. at such stores as Marks and Spence.
Another company called Notre Dame Seafoods, Inc., located in Twillingate (tel. 709-884-1260) sells cold-water shrimp to a distributor with offices in Los Angeles and Seattle, Washington. They intend to increase distribution to the U.S. next year. Check for Notre Dame Seafoods or NDS on shrimp packages.
Look for packages that are labeled "from Canada," and, in the fresh fish department, country of origin labels (COOL) are supposed to be on all products. Please look for this Canadian seafood in YOUR local supermarket and let us know what you find. We'll then add these other supermarkets to this page.
2) Nutritional Supplements
The following products are made from murdered baby seals:
Terra Nova, Canomega, and Omegavite
These are all omega-3 fatty acid capsules . . .
Although these particular seal products are ILLEGAL in the USA, international seal protectors should be sure to AVOID them.
And, we bet you guessed we were going to tell you this:
There are many excellent ALTERNATIVES to baby seal oil as a nutritional supplement. Here are 2 ideas:
- Flax seed oil, which is sold in capsule form and a liquid that can be added directly to food (sold in natural food stores, the natural food sections of major groceries, and in the pharmacy area of WalMart).
- Hemp seed oil, with a nutty flavor, sold in liquid form. This is harder to find but is available on the internet. Also available are packages of ground hemp seeds and various products made from hemp seeds. This may come as a disappointment to some, but you can't get high from hemp seeds :}
3) Seal Pelts
Seal pelts are ILLEGAL in the US, but seal loving Americans should certainly boycott fashion houses that sell them including:
Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Birger Christensen, New Vogue, and Vogue Furriers
Besides participating in the boycott yourself, you can help by writing letters to these companies protesting their use of seal pelts.
The Odette Leblanc Collection: They say the following about their products: "Composed of a complete line of very unique seal fur products.. Ranging from small accessories to full length coats, you will surely find the ideally suited item you've been looking for or even been dreaming about owning!"
022 de l'école Rd.
Pointe-aux-Loups, Îles de la madeleine PQ G4T 8B1
Petit Nord: They sell children's seal fur hats, boots, mittens.
E-mail: Use form at http://www.petitnord.com/contact/contact.htm
Pajar: Makes/sells sealskin boots.
4509 Coloniale Avenue
Montreal, Quebec, Canada. H2T 1V8
Toll free: 1-888-667-2527
4) Don't Visit Canada!
Write a letter to the government agencies that oversee tourism in Canada and let them know that you will cancel your travel plans or refrain from making any vacation or business plans to visit their province. Tell them that you will withhold your travel dollars until Canada permanently ends the seal slaughter. Although the major focus of the boycott is on the seafood industry, the more financial impact that can be brought to bear upon Canada, the better.
Read this well-written letter that a concerned citizen sent to the Canadian Tourism Commission.
Canada Tourism Commission
55 Metcalfe Street, Suite 600
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6L5
Tel: (613) 946-1000
Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism
Attention: Web Master
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, NL
E-mail form: http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/Contact/Feedback.aspx