Prominent chefs in Canada have vowed to discard their chef clothing in order to boycott Canadian seafood until the barbaric annual seal hunt is stopped permanently. They are protesting against the cruel practice of bludgeoning and killing animals even before they reach maturity, during this annual seal hunt. This boycott is gaining momentum with more and more chefs from other parts of the world refusing to source seafood from Canada. This sentiment was also echoed by Mike Isabella dressed in his resplendent chef coat.
More than one million seals have been killed during seal hunting in Canada in the past five years. It is an annual routine. It is the largest killing of marine mammals on our planet. The most tragic aspect is that defenceless pups that are less than three months old constitute 97 percent of the total victims. The primary objective of this slaughter is to remove their fur and to export it to other countries. The mode and speed of killing along with the adverse environmental conditions are considered to be extremely inhumane by veterinary experts.
World famous chefs in their chef clothing who have joined this crusade include Jennifer Carroll, Casey Thompson, Tre Wilcox, and Carla Hall. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is making great efforts to stop this inhumane practice and many leading American chefs have joined this cause. These include Richard Blais, Mike Isabella, Jamie Lauren, Antonia Lofaso, Dale Levitski, Angelo Sosa, Dale Talde, and Fabio Viviani.
They have all vowed not to serve seafood if it is sourced from Canada. They are creating general awareness regarding this barbaric seal slaughter. They are united in their mission to bring an end to this commercial slaughter. The Protect Seals boycott has been strengthened with 12 eminent chefs and 5,500 restaurants. Many grocery stores have also joined the movement. The list of people joining this movement is growing exponentially because no chef in his chef clothing or any other human being can condone such suffering and carnage. Nearly 650,000 people have so far pledged to boycott Canadian seafood in an effort to save the seals.
These activists are aware of the fact that if Canadian seafood is banned, there will be a high negative impact on the Canadian economy and this will adversely affect the Canadian government. The most important aspect is that the seal killers are making only about one twentieth of their annual fishing income by massacring baby seals. Moreover, since the United States patronizes nearly two-thirds of the Canadian seafood industry, a blanket boycott by them will cause a lot of financial harm.
The annual seal hunt in Canada was documented by Nigel Barker, a leading fashion photographer, in 2008. He arranged an exhibition of the photographs that he had taken along with his documentary and took the exhibition all across the United States. He is extremely passionate about putting an end to this cruel and inhumane practice.
Nigel Barker also represents Chefs for Seals which is an organization that includes many chefs and restaurateurs who are all committed to stopping this barbaric annual seal hunt. It is indeed sad that a developed country is taking recourse to such inhuman acts merely because of some vested interests.