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.