June 26, 2009
A local restaurant group has joined businesses all over the world in a boycott of Canadian seafood.
The Humane Society of the United States announced this week the Eat With Us Group, which is based out of Columbus, is boycotting Canadian seafood in response to the country''s annual commercial seal hunt. The Eat With Us Group is made up of 26 restaurants, including Sweet Peppers Deli, Bulldog Deli, Cotton District Grill, Fairpark Grill, Jackson Square Grill, Harvey''s and Park Heights.
Eat Wish Us Marketing Director Arma Salazar on Thursday said the company joined the movement because it''s a "good cause."
"It was an easy decision to change our purchasing habits in order to protect baby seals," said Eat With Us Executive Chef Gregg Frazer in a release. "Hopefully our participation will strengthen the pressures on the Canadian fishing industry to stop the slaughter of seal pups in favor of a more humane, professional endeavor."
In total, more than 5,000 restaurants and grocery store locations are participating in The HSUS'' ProtectSeals boycott. Some of the many companies participating include BI-LO Supermarkets, Jimmy Buffet''s Margaritaville Cafes, Ted Turner''s steakhouse chain -- Ted''s Montana Grill, Bon Appétit Management Co., Lowe''s Foods, Legal Sea Foods, Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe''s, Oceanaire Seafood Room, WinCo Foods and Harris Teeter.
"The Humane Society of the United States is pleased to have Eat With Us join our efforts to end the Canadian commercial seal slaughter," said Patricia Ragan, director of The HSUS'' ProtectSeals Campaign, in a statement. "By boycotting Canadian seafood they are effectively making their voices heard that the commercial slaughter of baby seals must end and it must end now."
For more information on the Humane Society and the annual seal hunt, visit www.hsus.org.
Michelle commented at 6/26/2009 1:17:00 PM:
Do you guys have any openings for Proof Readers? If so I would like to apply.
Tommy commented at 6/26/2009 4:15:00 PM:
Try the Starkville Daily News (SDN). They are sorely in need of proof readers. Of course, it appears the SDN has never employed proof readers, so they may not know what to do with one.
Brad commented at 6/26/2009 7:22:00 PM:
Seal pups haven't been killed since 1987. Get your facts straight, sheeple.
Northern Hunter commented at 6/26/2009 10:13:00 PM:
I for one think we should love all of Gods creatures...right between the potatoes and gravy!
Siobhan commented at 6/27/2009 9:45:00 AM:
Brad, you need to get *your* facts straight. The majority of seals killed during the commercial seal hunt are between the ages of 12 days and 3 months. Many are younger than one month of age. Seals can legally be killed as soon as they begin moulting which is at 12 days of age. They are not yet swimming or eating solid food when they are killed. They reach sexual maturity at about 6 years of age and have an average lifespan of 30 - 35 years. To say that a seal 12 days - three months is NOT a pup is ludicrous.
doreen rosanen commented at 6/27/2009 7:05:00 PM:
If humans could only understand, that if we left
nature and wildlife, the oceans and the seas
to Mother Nature we'd all be better off, providing humans limit their population, because
the more humans there are the more problems.
Fish eat fish, wildlife eat wildlife - humans
do not eat humans, and should not even eat
wildlife or domestic animals. There are so many
foods humans can eat without harming animals.
We can eat eggs for protein, nuts and beans, etc. Plus, if we lived humbly and simple, we
could have cleaner air, cleaner water, cleaner
earth - right now our air and water is putrid
and God's creatures are suffering. Leave well
enough alone and live as though you appreciate
all the necessary good things like air, water,
sun and earth, that keep all living things alive and well.
KJ commented at 6/27/2009 7:42:00 PM:
Every time you eat an egg, you give a chicken an abortion.
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