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Save Canadian Seals

February 24, 2012

Chefs for Seals

Monday night Farallon Restaurant hosted a benefit for Chefs for Seals. The Humane Society, Project Seals, and famed photographer Nigel Barker are on a road trip across the country to promote awareness for the slaughtering of harp seals in Canada.

Hundreds of thousands of pups are clubbed and shot to death each year for their fur. This commercial seal hunt is the largest slaughter of marine mammals in the world. Since 2005 there has been a growing boycott of Canadian seafood to try to stop these killings. Project Seals has worked diligently to get more and more countries and individuals to participate.  Just recently the Canadian Government finally started discussing ways to end the practice and teach the hunters new skills so they can obtain their livelihood in more humane ways.

A big part of Project Seals campaign is to get chefs involved. We have the power to influence purchasing and ultimately change behavior on a large scale.  I know I know, another good cause for chefs to support. Why can’t someone call and ask us to donate to something that doesn’t tug at our heart strings. Then we won’t feel badly saying no. But this cause is really easy to be a part of.

This time you can have an impact without turning on the oven or heating up a saucepan; without schlepping to an offsite even; and without setting up a display and all your food on a six foot table. And you can stay home. In fact the way to support Project Seals is to not do something. That something is to not buy Canadian seafood.

Many chefs like Dominique Crenn, Roland Passot, Hoss Zaré, Adam Mali, James Montejano, and Michael Reining have already signed on and were at the event. Hundreds of chefs across the country have signed the pledge. You should too.

For more information on Project Seals and to sign the pledge, go to The Humane Society website at http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/seal_hunt/.

This seemingly small action by each of us will have a huge impact. When you sign and email the pledge, you will also get listed on an app that highlights restaurants across the country which support the ban.

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