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CANADIAN CHEF JOINS PROTECT SEALS CAMPAIGN

WASHINGTON (February 8, 2006) - The Humane Society of the United States, along with the Animal Alliance of Canada, the World Society for the Protection of Animals and Humane Society International - Canada, today announced a major addition to the growing list of restaurants, chefs and distributors who have pledged to boycott Canadian seafood until that country stops the annual slaughter of hundreds of thousands of baby seals.
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CANADIAN CHEF JOINS PROTECT SEALS CAMPAIGN

More restaurants from L.A. to New York Also Sign On

WASHINGTON (February 8, 2006) - The Humane Society of the United States, along with the Animal Alliance of Canada, the World Society for the Protection of Animals and Humane Society International - Canada, today announced a major addition to the growing list of restaurants, chefs and distributors who have pledged to boycott Canadian seafood until that country stops the annual slaughter of hundreds of thousands of baby seals.

Chef Jamie Kennedy, one of Canada's most celebrated chefs and owner of three restaurants in Toronto, is the latest to join the campaign. Although Chef Kennedy purchases a myriad of fish and seafood from both the east and west coast of Canada, he has said he does not and will not buy snow crabs from Newfoundland until the hunt ends.

More than 400 restaurants and companies have joined The HSUS boycott, from the culinary world-famous like Chef Rocco Dispirito to trendy locales such as Tavern on the Green.

"We are so pleased to have Chef Kennedy's support," said Pat Ragan, director of The HSUS Protect Seals campaign. "Canadians are overwhelmingly opposed to the seal slaughter and Chef Kennedy's leadership will go a long way towards convincing the Canadian government that seafood businesses in Canada are also willing to take a stand against this blight on Canada's reputation."

In addition to Chef Kennedy, Prime Seafood, a major seafood distributor for the Washington, DC area that services 70 high-end restaurants there, including the world-class Equinox Restaurants, is pledging to not sell Canadian snow crabs until the hunt is ended.

"This terrible hunt must end before it does further damage to the seafood industry in Canada," said Jim Chambers, owner of Prime Seafood. "Since the boycott began less than a year ago, the value of snow crab imports into this country has plummeted by over one third. Canada owes it to its seafood industry to stop the slaughter of baby seals."

Sealing is an off-season activity conducted by commercial fishermen from Canada's East Coast. Even in Newfoundland, where more than 90 percent of the sealers live, sealing income accounts for less than 1 percent of that province's gross domestic product and only 2 percent of the landed value of Newfoundland's fishery. More than two-thirds of Canadian seafood is exported to the United States, producing $2.8 billion annually for the Canadian economy and making the industry a viable target for a boycott.

More restaurants across the United States continue to join the boycott, including 14 Los Angeles area restaurants that signed on in the last month alone. The complete list of new additions is attached to this release.

An updated list of all companies supporting the Protect Seals boycott of Canadian seafood is available at www.RestaurantsForSeals.org. For more information on The HSUS seal campaign, please visit www.ProtectSeals.org.

CONTACT: Tracey McIntire, 301-548-7793,  tmcintire@hsus.org

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization with 9.5 million members and constituents. The HSUS is a mainstream voice for animals, with active programs in companion animals and equine protection, disaster preparedness and response, wildlife and habitat protection, animals in research and farm animal welfare. The HSUS protects all animals through education, investigation, litigation, legislation, advocacy, and field work. The non-profit organization is based in Washington and has field representatives and offices across the country. On the web at hsus.org.

NEW ADDITIONS

The following establishments have just joined the Canadian seafood boycott:

In the Los Angeles area—
Aux Delices
A.O.C.
Luc Ques
The Riviera Country Club
Seafood Village
Say Cheese
Cayenne on Beverly Café
Café Midi
Eat Well
The Lobster
Villa Sorriso
Café Verona
Passion Fish

Sundance, Utah—
Butchers Chophouse
O'Shucks

Fosters Seafood in Scottsdale, Arizona
Josephina in New York City
The Equinox in Washington, DC
Hayes Street Grill San Francisco

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