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January 12, 2011

Canadian Seafood to Boycott

As a wise consumer, you can help save seals

Humane Society International

  • Baby seals deserve a chance to grow up. Nigel Barker

Help pressure Canada's fishing industry to end the seal slaughter by boycotting Canadian seafood.

Canadian seafood to avoid includes:

  • Lobster
  • Scallops
  • Herring
  • Sardines
  • Snow crabs
  • Cold water shrimp
  • Perch
  • Flounder
  • Cod
  • Haddock
  • Mussels
  • Trout
  • Mackerel
  • Oysters
  • Sole
  • Salmon

    •  Please note that all of the seafood listed above can be sourced from outside of Canada. Just make sure that the seafood you are eating is caught elsewhere, not in Canada. 

      Whether you are an individual or a restaurant professional, you can help stop the seal slaughter by joining our boycott of Canadian seafood.

      How it works

      Seal hunting is an off-season activity for a few thousand fishermen from Canada's east coast. They make, on average, about five percent of their income from sealing, and the rest from commercial fisheries. Canada's sealers make much more money from exporting seafood than they do from killing seal pups.

      After nearly four decades of unsuccessful negotiations with the Canadian government, The Humane Society of the United States and HSI launched a global boycott of Canadian seafood products. We did this after officials with Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans told us they would stop the commercial seal hunt only when the fishermen who participate in the slaughter indicate their support for an end to it.

      Strength in numbers

      Through the boycott, HSI and our supporters are sending a clear message to Canada's fishing industry. If the industry would like open access to our markets, it needs to stop supporting and participating in the commercial seal hunt. To date, more than 650,000 individuals and more than 5,500 grocery stores, restaurants, casinos, and seafood suppliers have joined the seafood boycott.

      Will you join them in boycotting Canadian seafood? If you are a chef or restaurant professional, you can play a special role in the boycott by taking this pledge [PDF].