issue 124

From the issue 124 of Ethical Consumer magazine May/June 2009


Alaska travel boycott

The animal rights group Friends of Animals has announced a boycott of travelling to Alaska because of the Alaskan Government’s decision to allow wolf hunting.  In March the state’s Board of Game Panel voted to end Denali National Park and Preserve’s ‘protective zone’ status, and approved wolf trapping.

“The state decision is obnoxious,” said Friends of Animals’ president Priscilla Feral. “Don’t support Alaska,” Feral said. “Alaska’s state offcials have shown a disgraceful lack of respect for nature and the ecosystem as well as the wolves themselves. Governor Sean Parnell needs to step in and control the humans who are paid by the state.”

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Cul could cost Canada

Respect for Animals has launched an urgent appeal to help stop the annual seal slaughter in Canada. Considered to be largest marine animal slaughter in the world, it has lead to the death of more than one million seal pups off the Canadian east coast in the past fve years. Last year the EU banned seal imports but the trade is still prevalent throughout other parts of the world.

The charity is asking people to write to the Canadian High Commissioner in London to voice objections to the industry and to let him know that you will not be buying Canadian seafood or visiting Canada until the commercial seal hunt is ended for good.

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Crufts cruelty

PETA have launched a boycott campaign of dog breeders aimed at those attending the dog show Crufts. They have produced the provocative poster reproduced below. PETA are seeking to highlight the fact that pedigree dogs suffer painful and life-threatening genetic defects and diseases.

PETA’s Poorva Joshipura said: “Whether you call it ‘pedigree’ or ‘master race’, the quest for pure bloodlines is the same thing – the false and dangerous belief that some breeds or races are superior to others.” She continued, “We are asking true dog lovers to take a bite out of cruelty by boycotting breeders and adopting a loveable animal from a refuge instead.”

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Save the sheep

In the USA, PETA have threatened to boycott Australian wool over claims that the industry has violated a promise to end mulesing by the end of 2010.  Mulesing involves cutting away fesh from around the tail area of a sheep.  PETA wrote to the US Trade Representative urging the government to pressure Australia into banning the practice. PETA said mulesing was cruel and unnecessary, noting that New Zealand had phased it out. Adidas, Gap and H&M have already said that they will boycott mulesed wool.
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