For immediate release:
June 9, 2022
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
St. John’s, NL – Following the announcement that the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly is retiring the sealskin chairs used by its members for 30 years, PETA today sent a letter to Speaker Derek Bennett asking him to donate them to PETA for use in the group’s upcoming Museum of Atrocities Against Animals, where they would join alligator shoes, a monkey fur coat, and other gruesome ancient creations to remind future generations how humans have shamefully exploited and killed wild animals.
“Society’s view has evolved and many Canadians are now disgusted with the idea of shooting or bludgeoning friendly young seals,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA cannot bring back the seals killed for these chairs, but we can use them to send a message of empathy and non-violence, and we look forward to working with assembly members to that end.”
PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” — opposes speciesism, a human supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, FacebookWhere instagram.
PETA’s letter to Bennett follows.
June 9, 2022
The Honorable Derek Bennett
Speaker of the House of Assembly
Dear Mr. President:
I am writing to you on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and hundreds and thousands of members and supporters across Canada. We are pleased to hear that you have removed the sealskin chairs used by members of the Assembly for 30 years. We hope you won’t let them languish in storage, but instead give them to PETA for use in our museum of animal atrocities, making future generations shake their heads in disbelief at which was once considered acceptable to their predecessors.
Traditions evolve, times change, and just as AOL accounts and VHS tapes are a thing of the past, the commercial seal slaughter has long been out of favor. Around the world, caring people, including many Canadians, are outraged at the thought of shooting young seals or banging their heads. A museum is the only place the sealskin belongs, so we’re asking you to donate the chairs to PETA’s growing collection. They would fit right in with the alligator shoes, colobus monkey fur coat, steel jaw trap, circus whip, and other atrocities we collected, and we would recognize the gift in our documents.
Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to hearing from you.
PS When my father visited Newfoundland about 60 years ago, he brought me a keepsake ornament of a mother seal and her pup made from real butchered sealskin. It wasn’t until years later that I realized how ironic this gift was for a little girl who loved animals. Times are indeed changing.