PETA plans protest at white glove dinner

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PETA protester in the seal costume.

Wearing a seal costume and waving a poster featuring an image of Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea emblazoned with the words "Canada's Shame," a PETA member will lead a protest on Friday outside the Egmont Conservative Association's third annual white glove dinner, which Shea is scheduled to host.

PETA wants Shea to use her influence to end Canada's annual seal harvest, which the organization calls the largest massacre of marine mammals on Earth.

"The seal slaughter is a bloody stain on Canada's reputation, and Minister Shea's hands are as dirty as those wielding the hakapiks," says PETA executive vice-president Tracy Reiman.

PETA volunteer Brenda Armour will be suiting up in the seal costume at Shea's speaking engagement as part of PETA's campaign to end the seal hunt.

Of the approximately 300,000 harp seals who were expected to be killed last year, more than three-fourths were spared, in part because the price of seal fur has plummeted as the international outrage against the seal slaughter has risen, according to a PETA statement.

The white glove dinner takes place 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Loyalist Country Inn in Summerside.

Organizations: PETA, Egmont Conservative Association, Loyalist Country Inn

Geographic location: Canada, Summerside

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  • Spurwing Plover
    August 14, 2011 - 17:43

    Only a total idiot would have anything to do with these PETA wacktards

  • bob dole
    February 21, 2011 - 12:14

    I'm quite supportive of PETA and the attempts to shut down the stupid seal hunt. Time to move into the 21st century here.

  • Steve
    February 19, 2011 - 17:14

    ...not scum bags Brenda, just a realistic thinker with common sense...by the way...get off the internet...you do realize the power that supplies your computer harmed many animals when it was being produced...hypocrit

  • Brenda Armour
    February 19, 2011 - 12:58

    After some phone threats and those who have commented on websites I decided to call off the protest. Shame on you that does not allow us to give voice to a cause we believe in. Bring it on ! Your threats of harm have only made us more determined. Scum bags !

  • J
    February 18, 2011 - 20:55

    My opinion varies on the whole seal hunt issue. Like them or not, PETA has the right to protest this event (so long as there are no pie-wielding idiots amongst them). I think PETA probably preys on the gullibility and good nature of people. The hunt is sustainable and humane, despite sensationalist claims to the oterhwise. Why don't they make themselves useful are start protesting the trapping of animals in snares? To me that's inhumane, but not as bloody and dramatic in their eyes. On the other hand, comments from one-note ponies like M. Butler make me shake my head: "The seal hunt is important to keep the fisheries from getting wiped out....how many more times do we have to repeat that??? The seals eat fish, if all the fish are gone...what are the fishermen going to catch to make their living and what are they going to eat?? Humans are at the top of the food chain for a reason...." If we're at the top of the food chain, let's do a better job sustaining it. In the 1500s, Cabot wrote in his logs that the fish were very plentiful in the Grand Banks. Seals coexisted alongside these schools of fish for hundreds of thousands of years. Fishing crippled the fisheries, not seals. What will fisherman eat, you ask?? What do you expect a seal to eat? A sandwich?? Don't make seals a scapegoat for the fishing industry's lack of foresight. And oh yeah, laughs at the white gloves thing.

  • weldermg
    February 18, 2011 - 20:17

    good for peta,i am a former hunter and former north shore lobster fisherman and i dont see a need for it anymore.we are not in the dark ages.if ya ask me i think paul watson and the sea shepards should be here to stop the tuna fishery.any fisherman who fishes the north shore should only hold a lobster licence they dont need any other licences.these guys i fished with are driving $50000 trucks and 300-600hp boat engines and really only have to work 2 months of the year.i wish our government woud say if ya are a fisherman and gross over 75000 then no ei for you.

  • Hank
    February 18, 2011 - 19:32

    I object to PETA

  • jimmy
    February 18, 2011 - 19:29

    Why don't you PETA people just give it a rest. No one cares about your irrational urge to protect the life of something that is nothing more than a means of sustenance. All of your opinions are based on emotion and should be completely ignored. Anyone who is a member of PETA or in any way supports the organization is the kind of person that didn't receive enough corporal punishment from their parents as a child.

  • GO SEALS
    February 18, 2011 - 18:30

    Who cares if it's PETA or another group - the message should be heard loud and clear - if the northern people eat, harvest use every part of the seal, then fine - so be it - it's natural. BUT to the atlantic seal hunters who massacre seals every year, for fur.. SHAME on you. They are animals and have feelings too - could you imagine your pet dog or cat having to watch every other cat/dog around them get murdered until they too were killed?

  • Steve
    February 18, 2011 - 18:22

    Brenda, going to the PETA website to view a video on the seal hunt would be as biased as going to a Taliban website and viewing a video on the United States...oh wait!

  • Irene Goldwasser
    February 18, 2011 - 18:02

    It is truly a blight on what is otherwise (supposedly) an enlightened society. There are no earthly reasons why seals should be treated this way and especially, but not exclusively, baby seals. How can any person with an ounce of humanity club these beautiful creatures to death ? And worse, how is it that so many Canadians have remained silent on this issue and allowed this to happen. We are living in a time when more and more individuals, groups and nations are learning to understand, respect and care for their friends in the animal kingdom, although this is a long, slow and sometimes painful journey. However, when a country like Canada refuses to join this movement and treats one of the most beautiful creatures on the planet in such a cruel manner, one can easily lost hope. Please stop this practice now and in this way, Canada can be restored to its place in the world as a humane nation.

  • Cal
    February 18, 2011 - 15:42

    I'm totally in favor of PETA ( People Eating Tasty Animals ) . Did you know that VEGAN is an old Algonquin word that literally means " Lousy Shot "

  • Brenda Armour
    February 18, 2011 - 12:58

    If you view a video showing how a seal is killed you would join the millions of people protesting this kill. Educate yourself and go to the PETA website. Know we respect all animals and our connection to earth is one of respect and love for all that is sacred. We understand that we can not make everyone a Vegan..we only ask respect for a humane death for any animal that is killed for food. Killing for fur is inhumane.

    • questioning armour
      February 18, 2011 - 16:18

      YOUR video? How do we know it is real? How do we know when it was filmed? Educate yourself. Seal pups ARE NOT HARVESTED. end of. I respect the earth and all that walk upon it, swim in it, and fly above it, but I dislike people and organizations that use propoganda that is not factual to make huge sums of money to pay scam artists like those who head PETA. If you look at the celebrities who support the organization, I think you would agree they are the types who are easily taken. This province is based upon a healthy fishery and farming to keep the citizens alive. Tell me what you think of the two legged animal that does what other animals do to survive. Does PETA protest lions eating antelopes? Just asking.

    • Sara Creamer
      February 18, 2011 - 17:52

      What does this white glove dinner have to do with seal hunts? Wasn't clear in the story. Can someone help me out? Side story- I was in a shop in Moncton that sold snowmobiles etc. I fell in love with snowmobile boots that looked fuzzy but were somehow guaranteed waterproof. The price tag was $359.00.! I was looking at them and so on then looked at the info tags. Made with seal skin. I was turned off at that point. I really liked them but would not feel right wearing them. Poor things.

    • james
      February 18, 2011 - 19:36

      Why don't you PETA people just give it rest. No one cares about your irrational urge to protect something that is nothing more than a means of sustenance. All of your opinions are based on emotion and should be completely ignored. Anyone who is a member of PETA or is in any way supportive of the organization is the kind of person that didn't receive enough corporal punishment from their parents.

    • jimmyjones
      February 18, 2011 - 19:41

      Yay, let's waste more of our tax dollars on worthless buildings. I mean isn't that just the "Island" way of doing things? At least I think it has been like that since Pierre Trudeau was prime minister. (he was a socialist who helped re-enginner PEI into a socialist province) Before that socialist was prime minister PEI was a good, capitalist, rural, farmer province made up purely of people of Scottish, English, and Irish decent.

  • JMR
    February 18, 2011 - 11:13

    I've lived up North where seal meat is a part of the Inuit diet. The skins and bones are well utilized as boots, mitts and sculptures, a big part of their industry. These PETA people have no idea what it's like to be poor, hard working people using whatever is on hand to make a living.

  • Oh really
    February 18, 2011 - 10:49

    I don't believe that just because seals are "violent animals" they deserved to be killed, in what world does that make sense? Have you ever had a seal come to you at your home and attack you? They wouldn't have any need to be violent if humans let them be in the ocean, where they're meant to be, obviously. Has anyone ever considered the idea that maybe HUMANS are over-fishing the oceans and NOT seals? We do not need seal flesh OR fur to survive.

  • Ethical treatment of people
    February 18, 2011 - 09:35

    I object to the PETA organization because it uses false information to milk money from gullible people. The Inuit of our country have long harvested seals as part of their survival and have shared their knowledge with others. PETA would have the world beleive Canadians are all out their with clubs, drooling and roaring across the ice, seeking tiny babies to kill. Not true. The hunt is monitored and those who most frequently come up with the horrific tales have never actually attended a hunt. When the people who depend upon the hunt for their own survival are persecuted by a group of rich scam artists who drain bank accounts of the elderly show me they are humane, I will sit and talk with them to try to understand IF there is anything they say that is true. They lost credibiity with me when they showed the McCartney's with a baby seal. The poor baby would be rejected by its mother and die. Some humane!

  • Steve
    February 18, 2011 - 01:13

    I'd love to see Brenda Armour hug a real adult grey seal. It would do the same thing to her it does to millions of pounds of fish a year!

  • CJ
    February 17, 2011 - 21:56

    Why don't you people just go away. You seem determined to ruin the lives of fishermen. You better not come near me tomorrow night.

  • White Glove Dinner lol
    February 17, 2011 - 21:50

    Shame on you Gail Shea! GO PETA!

  • johnny
    February 17, 2011 - 21:24

    why dont those people come too a fishing community and protest i guarantee theyll all be leaving in a ambulance

  • viper
    February 17, 2011 - 19:41

    Why do we continue to give these hypocrits time in the news it only encourages them, PETA (people for the ethical trearment of animals), How humane was it when u got caught tasering pigs and saying the usa military was testing tasers on pig, but you guys got caught how ethical is that. Nothing but a bunch of hypocrits.

  • Jill Macdonald
    February 17, 2011 - 19:26

    I hope someone hits one of these PETA kooks with a pie.

  • Observer
    February 17, 2011 - 19:13

    Brenda, what is the difference between a killed cow, that you had for dinner yesterday and a seal? Is it just a matter of HOW seals are getting killed? Then be constructive, and propose an acceptable way of doing it...

  • Rosalind House Cross
    February 17, 2011 - 18:54

    Perhaps if DFO and police didn't have to spend so much time, energy and dollars policing such orgaizations as PETA, protecting sealers etc..the sealing industry may be able to develop itself into a viable industry and not need the subsidies that it now does. But untill those such as PETA stop their passive yet very assertive tactics, we may never know. It is simply too painfully obvious that the cuteness factor has overtaken common sense. Surely the scientists working for our Fishery Dept. are not all incompetent. I for one put my trust in the elected officials and not in PETA. And yes, I enjoy seal flipper pie and believe the seal oil capsules sold at Sobey's are worth taking. If a sustainable livelihood, one that does not do harm to the ecosystem, can be made from such, and no unnecessary cruelty involved...let us all be civil enough to give the seal industry an honest try.

  • Isaac Williams
    February 17, 2011 - 16:54

    Please explain why the hunting of for wild, mature seals for industry is so bad, while PETA focuses significantly less time or at least not as much focus on for example: sport hunting, farming cattle- born and raised for the sole purpose of being slaughtered, or perhaps the tuna fishery where there is actually a threat of repopulation unlike with the seal hunt. I understand PETAs ideals but wish they were more logical in how they choose they're battles.

  • Dan
    February 17, 2011 - 14:49

    bahahahaha! "White Glove Dinner?!?!" Oh Guardian.... do you read these articles before printing them? Do you really expect someone to show up wearing white gloves to the Loyalist hotel? Have you been to the loyalist? It's not exactly Buckingham Palace, folks!

  • Nathan Flynn
    February 17, 2011 - 14:35

    Doesn't PETA realize that hugging a seal puts human smell on that seal, thus making the mother seal shun the baby?

  • False Advertising
    February 17, 2011 - 14:35

    White coat baby seals are not clubbed. Way to false advertise, mislead the public because you are too scared to tell the truth. Largest massacre?? seriously?? Let's talk about the cat and other pet populations dropped off to be destroyed on a daily basis..

  • Brian Murphy
    February 17, 2011 - 14:34

    PETA Members....you are misleading your followers and the general public when you dress in a white fluffy seal suit with your "Don't Club Me" sign. Baby seal pups are no longer "Clubbed". That practice has been banned for nearly 30 years now. No white coats are harvested any more.

  • nice sign
    February 17, 2011 - 14:29

    NICE SIGN! However, I"m not too sure how many SEALS WANT TO BE HUGGED!!!!

  • M Butler
    February 17, 2011 - 14:13

    If a protestor from PETA shows up in a seal costume....I hope someone clubs them!!!! The sign in the picture is outrageous....has anybody from PETA tried to hug a seal??? They are violent animals!! The seal hunt is important to keep the fisheries from getting wiped out....how many more times do we have to repeat that??? The seals eat fish, if all the fish are gone...what are the fishermen going to catch to make their living and what are they going to eat?? Humans are at the top of the food chain for a reason....There are more and more seals born every year dispite killing thousands, so its not like they are endangered. PETA does not belong on PEI with their stupid protestors spewing their false information. I seriously hope somebody clubs any moron who shows up in a seal costume....seriously....they need a good whack in the head for protesting a very necessary thing like the seal hunt.

    • Lynda Wast
      February 28, 2011 - 00:58

      M Butler and others that espouse idiotic rants against animal welfare groups should be ashamed of themselves. These people only care about MONEY.Well some of us believe to be human is to have compassion, care and live respectfully among the other animals on this planet. The sooner the idiots who condone and promote animal cruelty and needless slaughter are dead and gone the better. The new world order, of people who care about this world and its inhabitants is coming!! We will fight for you seals!!!!!

  • duke
    February 17, 2011 - 14:11

    What childish behaviour from PETA wearing costumes and protesting another persons, livelyhood. Seal hunts are an important part of Canadian Culture. grow up or take your protest to the streets of the middle east

  • the old fur trapper
    February 17, 2011 - 13:33

    will there be half naked peta girls ???????