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Save Seals: Boycott Canadian Maple Syrup!

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Save Seals: Boycott Canadian Maple Syrup! by Steve MartindalePETA has ramped up our efforts against Canada’s medieval seal slaughter since the country is preparing for the upcoming 2010 Vancouver Olympics, which will focus more international attention—and scrutiny—on Canada! Activists have taken up the challenge with passion, energy, and ingenuity. We are placing billboards in Canada, protestors are hitting the streets, and Pamela Anderson (a Canadian citizen) has delivered a petition to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Little ones even participated by making it their birthday wish that the slaughter be stopped. Kathleen Parker of The Washington Post spoke up for seals after PETA sent her a hakapik—a metal-hooked club used by sealers and recommended by the government to kill seals. European activists have staged massive demonstrations, and Vladimir Putin has gotten the message and banned the slaughter of seals under one year of age in Russia. And just recently, the European Parliament voted to end the sale of seal products across the European Union—a major victory.

But the Canadian government hasn’t listened yet. In the time it takes you to read this blog, 60 more baby seals will be bludgeoned to death. In fact, the quota for dead seals this year is a mind-numbing 338,200 lost souls. This is not the will of the Canadian people, but that of greedy special interest groups, who get rich at the expense of seals and who are deaf to the public outcry. Money talks louder than seals scream.

Since it’s all about money, it’s time to step this campaign up a notch, beyond the seal industry itself, and hit the Canadian government where it hurts—the budget. For starters, we’re urging everyone to take Canadian maple syrup off their shelves to send the economic message that the repercussions of allowing cruelty to animals go far beyond blood on the ice. Canada produces 85 percent of the world’s maple syrup—more than C$200 million per year annually.

That’s right: boycott Canadian maple syrup! You can ask your local grocery stores and restaurants to sign a pledge to join the boycott. Tell them that the maple syrup’s origin is clearly indicated on the bottle. It’s easy—f the label says, “Made in Canada” or “Product of Canada,” get rid of it! If it says, “Product of the USA and Canada,” get rid of it! If it says, “Product of the USA,” keep it!

If you’re not sure if your store’s brand is sweet for seals or if you’re not sure how to approach your local grocery store or restaurant manager, feel free to contact me for tips.

Happy eating!

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    Laura says...

    May 29th, 2009, 2:34 pm

    I had no idea all our maple syrup came from Canada! I bake, and more often than not, I use maple syrup instead of sugar. I looked in the fridge and my bottle says “made in Canada”. I went to my whole foods store and all the syrup comes from Canada!! I will miss my cookies, but will boycott Canadian syrup until they stop the slaughter. Thanks for the post and the info!

    Jessica says...

    May 29th, 2009, 5:04 pm

    I recently received a a letter urging people to boycott the use of Canadian maple syrup products in order to stop the Canadian seal hunt. As a proud Canadian and animal rights activist I think this is absolutely ridiculous.

    Most Canadian maple syrup is produced by small mom and pop sugar camps in the southern regions of Canada where there is a mix of softwood and hardwood (maple being a hardwood). The regions where the seal hunt is taking place is mainly boreal forest and tundra (softwood and baron land). The families who produce our maple syrup have most likely never been in contact with a seal let alone hunted them and should not be punished for the actions of others.

    I live on the east coast, and peronally have never seen a seal in real life. If you feel you want to get to the Canadian goverrnment it may be more important to boycott something that will affect them more, such as products from the specific places where seal hunts are taking place.

    Boycotting Canadian maple products for the purpose of stopping the seal hunt is the equivalant of boycotting California wine for the actions of the people in NYC. Our country is extremely vast and all of our residents cannot be placed to blame for the actions of a few. The families who run these small sugar camps are far from wealthy, they rely on seasonal trades which were taught to them by there elders to get them through the hard winter months. So in effect what you are doing is in these hard economic times starving the small guy to punish the government. Good job.

    yanna athanassiadi says...

    May 30th, 2009, 12:25 pm

    it is better to leave cruelty to animals away of your life and certenly you are going to feel much better.there are many ways that you can find to be happy and not to kill innocent creature.

    Jennifer Taylor says...

    May 31st, 2009, 5:45 pm

    Please quit harming seals for humane consumption.

    Alysia Duclos says...

    June 1st, 2009, 3:25 pm

    I agree with Jessica. There has got to be a better way.

    felicia says...

    June 3rd, 2009, 12:58 pm

    thank you Jessica, you are right on with your statement. This will not make a dent in the government’s budget, as PETA is aiming to do, it will only hurt the Canadian people (who are already actively against the seal hunt) and create more hatred and animosity towards activist groups like PETA in the eyes of the Canadian people. Just makes you look stupid, not strong/ effective in achieving your goals!

    Teresa says...

    June 6th, 2009, 8:38 am

    I also agree with Jessica, what does Cdn Maple Syrup and the Seal Hunt have to do with each other, were punishing the wrong people here.

    ambika shukla says...

    June 13th, 2009, 10:35 am

    It is because of Canadians like Jessica who don’t accept responsibility for what their country is doing, that Canada is still killing seals. If you don;’t want Canadian products to be boycotted , get up off your behind and start telling your Govt that you don’t want seals killed. It is shocking for those of us who have always considered Canada a civilised natyion to learn that it is actually far from it. Any country that kills babies is savage. I shall boycott maple syrup and all things Canadian until Canada stops this brutality.

    Alexis says...

    June 21st, 2009, 5:21 pm

    Why does nobody seems to realize that it is a little bit surprising that many people and organizations wants to stop seals hunting because it’s so cruel, but nobody seems able to compare it with others kinds of huntings. We already know that seals hunt is one of the most controlled kind of hunt and is generating a shroter agon time that practically all others hunts. So, why is it suppose to be more cruel than others ones?

    Craigh says...

    June 26th, 2009, 7:18 pm

    Ambika, as an ashamed Canadian citizen who routinely writes letters to the “honorable” Stephen Harper requesting an end to the seal hunt, I have five comments to make on your statement.
    1. Jessica said she was an animal rights activist, which implies that she must accept responsibility for her nation’s actions and she is telling her government to stop the seal hunt.

    2.It is very difficult to boycott all things Canadian because Canadian oil and gas is used widely in the world, our trees are used to make furniture around the world, Canadian products are everywhere.

    3. Maple syrup is not an effective boycott because the revenue generated by it forms about 1/5000 of our GDP (Gross Domestic Product), the GDP of one of the poorest countries in the world (Burundi) is roughly four times the revenue generated by maple syrup, a more effective boycott would be on Canadian tourism.

    4. You spelled nation incorrectly.

    5. Do you think America is a civilized nation?

    Thank you for your time.

    Michelle Young says...

    October 5th, 2009, 9:44 pm

    I’m having a hard time fully understanding this boycott. I want to help in stopping the Canadians, Americans, whoever feels that it is ok to slaughter seals or any animal for that matter but I dont think boycotting maple syrup is going to make an impact for Canada’s govt. to do something about it. I’m just not sure that this is the way to fight this horrible action. I will do my part to try and put a stop to animal cruelty.

    coco meyer says...

    February 6th, 2010, 3:18 pm

    I have been a child when I first saw the cruel pictures of the slaughtering of seal babies and I am outraged that I still have to watch this crualty. If the Canadian Government does not get it – let’s just block just about everything we would normally use from Canada. Be it maplesyrup, salmon, wood, tourism – But let them know why you don’t visit anymore or why you don’t buy their products anymore. Call them, write them, e-mail them. Take action!

    Valerie Sowder says...

    February 21st, 2010, 4:49 pm

    The slaughter of baby harp seals is unreasonably cruel, unnecessary and violent.
    Until man ends violence toward animals, the world will remain a violent place for both man and animals. End the violence and create a world of peace for all living creatures!

    Until Canada ends its barbaric baby seal hunt, my husband and I will never buy any Canadian product or visit Canada. End the hunt IMMEDIATELY and PERMANENTLY!

    Thank you for your serious attention to this sickening matter.

    In Peace, Freedom and Justice for All Living Creatures,

    Valerie Sowder
    Encinitas, CA USA

    Deborah Cannon says...

    March 26th, 2010, 8:11 am

    Please, please, please stop the unnecessary and insanely cruel slaughter of these most beautiful animals, surely your country can benefit so much more by promoting the seals and encouraging people to come and see them in their natural environment.

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