As winter slowly approaches and my fellow New Yorkers get out their warmest coats, one can’t help but be a bit discouraged by the parade of animal furs seen polluting almost every avenue in NYC. But be discouraged no longer! With each new day more and more citizens are getting involved to help shed light on some of the most brutal forms of this nasty industry, including one of our favorite famous activists, Nigel Barker!
Last night Ecorazzi attended a screening of Barker’s new documentary, A Sealed Fate – a film detailing the brutal seal hunt in Canada. Nigel is a spokesperson for the Humane Society of the United States and has worked tirelessly with their dedicated team to help end this magnificently cruel trade.
Many people are unaware that each year close to 250,000 baby seals are slaughtered in Canada before eating their first solid meal or taking their first swim, simply so that someone might wear their fur. Barker’s documentary helps expose the brutality of this industry and shows how a small group of passionate citizens are helping to make a big difference.
At the event we saw some of our favorite do-gooders, including the discerning brute Joshua Katcher, our friends from Farm Sanctuary, the Super Vegan crew, vegan designer to the stars Elizabeth Olsen, the Go Green Expo workaholics, and plenty of friends from the HSUS. We also chatted it up with Nigel, met Kelly Overton from Save the Chimps and shared some mints with America’s Next Top Model judge Paulina Porizkova.
The time to act is now, friends! The next seal hunt begins in March and the HSUS thinks they might be able to stop the hunt entirely before it even begins. So if you do one thing today, please, please, please visit ProtectSeals.org and learn how you can contact Canada’s government, support a ban on seal products in the European Union, or simply make the pledge to boycott Canadian seafood until our neighbors up north take responsible action and outlaw this ruthless hunt!
photo credit: Melissa Rosenberg