Margaritaville CafÃ©s, restaurants owned by Jimmy Buffett, will no longer serve Canadian seafood until Canada ends its annual slaughter of seals. Buffet made the statement after signing on with the Humane Society of the United States’ “Protect Seals” seafood boycott in September. The boycott was started in March 2005 and asks consumers and restaurateurs to avoid Canadian seafood as a way of ending the annual seal hunt. From the release,
“Margaritaville Cafes will not be purchasing or serving Canadian seafood products until the Canadian government ends the commercial seal hunt permanently,” says Jimmy Buffett in his statement. “I do not look at this as one nation telling another how to best manage its affairs. I view it as an effort to make humans more humane in the way they manage the planet. We do not own the earth. We are landlords and we simply need to do a better job, for all creatures on this earth.”
“The seal hunt is certainly an emotionally charged issue, but my experiences over the years have taught me that real progress in this effort needs to move past emotions and towards solutions that can work for people on both sides of this issue,” Buffett continues. “I would hope that this could be the case with the seal pup hunt. In the meantime, the one thing we can do is to make people aware of the problem.”
The HSUS’ Protect Seals Campaign has a website that sheds light on the tragedy of the hunt and what you can do to support the cause and join Buffet (as well as a host of other celebrities) in helping to end the slaughter.