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March 24, 2015

Singing Sensation Jackie Evancho Speaks Out for Seals

Stars in a new Protect Seals PSA calling for an end to commercial sealing

Humane Society International/Canada

Platinum-selling vocal sensation Jackie Evancho is using her voice to help save seals. Evancho stars in a new PSA about the plight of the baby seals who are victims of commercial sealing.

"In the 14 years since I was born, more than two million baby seals have been killed in Canada. Baby seals are so beautiful and trusting. It's horrible that, when they are just a few weeks old, these defenseless pups are clubbed and shot to make fur products nobody needs. I am so pleased to work with The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International in their campaign to stop this senseless cruelty."

Call for a federal buyout of Canada’s commercial sealing industry.

Rebecca Aldworth, director of Humane Society International/Canada, said, "By helping to spread the word about the plight of the baby seals, Jackie Evancho is helping to bring Canada's seal slaughter to a final end. We are so grateful that this compassionate young star is using her voice to speak up for those who can't."

In support of the Protect Seals campaign, Evancho will feature her new Protect Seals PSA at select concerts in her tour, on her webpage and on her social media channels.

Facts:

  • Jackie Evancho is an American classical crossover singer who gained worldwide recognition at an early age. Since 2009, she has issued an EP and five albums, including a platinum and two gold albums. All of Jackie’s albums debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Classical charts, and three of her albums debuted in the top 10 of the billboard 200. Jackie Evancho is also the youngest solo artist to achieve platinum status in the billboard era.
  • Canada's commercial seal hunt is the largest slaughter of marine mammals on earth.
  • Veterinarians have concluded in recent years that the slaughter is inherently inhumane because of the harsh environment in which the hunt happens and the speed at which the killing must occur for commercial and safety reasons.
  • Hunters kill the seals primarily for their fur and normally dump their carcasses at sea.
  • Because the skins of very young seals are most valuable, the hunters target baby seals. Government reports confirm 98 percent of the seals killed in recent years have been less than three months old.
  • Climate change poses a serious threat to the ice breeding harp seals that are the primary targets of the slaughter. The Canadian government has estimated up to 100 percent mortality for harp seal pups born in key whelping areas when the sea ice melted too soon.
  • Global markets for seal products are closing fast. The United States, the 28-nation European Union, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Russia, Switzerland and Taiwan have all chosen to ban some or all trade in commercial seal products.

Media contact: Raúl Arce-Contreras, rcontreras@humanesociety.org, 301-721-6440

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