Mar 15, 2006
Approximately 120 people assembled in front of the Canadian consulate in downtown Boston as part of the International Day of Protest Against the Canadian Seal Hunt. Despite sharp winds and even snow, protesters came out and made a strong statement against the seal hunt.
Coalition makes an impact
The Boston rally was a joint effort by several animal protection organizations which are all WSPA member societies. Participants included:
• The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
• Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA)
• Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL)
Representatives from each of the groups spoke about the brutality of the seal hunt, as they pointed out that this year more than 300,000 baby seals will be killed through inhumane methods such as clubbing, shooting and stabbing them with large ice-pick. Protestors also urged passerbys to boycott Canadian seafood until the hunt is ended.
Boston is key city
Many Boston residents and workers also took part in the rally. Boston is a key city in the fight against seal hunting, as a large majority of the $2.4 billion Canadian seafood industry comes through New England. Currently, WSPA is encouraging its members to keep pressure on the Canadian government and to support those restaurants and retailers that are saying "no" to Canadian seafood until the seal hunt ends. (For more information, visit www.protectseals.org ).