Wednesday, May 25, 2005

In Relation to the Seal Slaughter: Tell Red Lobster to stop buying Canadian Seafood

The Humane Society of the United States

Dear Justin,

Thank you for your recent action in our campaign to end Canada's
ruthless seal hunt, which kills more than 300,000 baby seals
annually. Because of your pledge to stop buying Canadian
seafood, the international movement to pressure the Canadian
government and fishing industry to end this brutal hunt is
growing rapidly. Today, we're taking the next important step:
Urging one of the largest U.S. importers of Canadian
seafood--Red Lobster--to join our boycott.

Red Lobster is America's No. 1 seafood chain with more than 600
restaurants in the United States. Darden Restaurants, the
multi-billion-dollar company that owns Red Lobster, buys
millions of dollars' worth of seafood each year from Canadian
fishermen, including the same people who club baby seals to
death. These fishermen make the vast majority of their income
from fishing, not sealing. That's why we have called for a
boycott of Canadian seafood. And that's why we are targeting Red
Lobster now: The chain has tremendous power to directly pressure
the very people who kill the seals.

STEP ONE: Send your message to Red Lobster. You took the pledge
to stop buying Canadian seafood. Now tell Red Lobster to do the
same. Let the chain know that importing Canadian seafood is bad
for business and will result in the loss of customer loyalty and
patronage. Don't underestimate how important your message
is--corporations like Red Lobster's owners are sensitive to
public feedback! Click here to send a message to Red Lobster:

STEP TWO: Tell your friends. This campaign will only work if
thousands of people get Red Lobster's attention. Click here to
tell your friends to send their own message to Red Lobster:

When we approached Red Lobster executives and asked them to
condemn the seal hunt and to stop selling Canadian seafood in
their restaurants, they refused! The company claims the boycott
will "harm...innocent people" and that it prefers to "work with
the Canadian government."

The fact is, a boycott of Canadian seafood is the only way to
save the seals. Canada's government could have stopped the hunt
years ago, but it has repeatedly failed to act. The Canadian
government has told us that it will only stop the hunt when
Canada's powerful fishing industry tells it to. And that will
only happen when the industry gets hit--and get hits hard--in
the pocketbook.

Canadian fisherman will stop clubbing baby seals only after
American restaurants and consumers stop buying their seafood.
Help us keep the pressure on the fishing industry and the
businesses that support them.

Thank you for taking action and supporting the Protect Seals
campaign. We know that we can count on you to send a loud
message to Red Lobster -- and any company who implicitly
supports the seal hunt through its purchasing decisions.


Wayne Pacelle
President and CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

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