Target: Eric Pateman, President of Edible Canada
Goal: Remove seal-based dishes from menu created for upcoming Vancouver food festival.
Vancouver restaurant Edible Canada has made the controversial decision to include seal on its menu for the Dine Out Vancouver Festival later this month. The seals used for the menu would be part of Canada’s infamous annual seal hunt, which has been heavily criticized over the years by activists as a cruel and unnecessary tradition.
Eric Pateman, the restaurant’s president, has defended his choice to include these beloved animals on the menu, claiming that the meat is sustainable and no different than serving more conventional types of animal protein. While it is true that any distinctions that consumers make between the types of meat they will and will not eat are largely arbitrary, it is still a grave concern when anyone attempts to normalize the consumption of yet another species of animal — especially a wild one.
Tell Pateman that seal meat should be left off the menu by signing below.
Dear Mr. Pateman,
I strongly urge you to reconsider the inclusion of seal meat on Edible Canada’s menu for this year’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival. Your claim that seal meat is sustainable does nothing to reassure concerned animal lovers that it is not inhumane.
The annual seal hunt has always been and will continue to be a heated point of debate and controversy. In light of this, consider the omission of seal meat from the menu a neutral position, rather than one that contradicts your personal support of seal hunting. The fleeting novelty of including an unconventional menu item is not worth the opposition it will bring. Please leave seals off the menu.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Chuck Abbe