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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEA SHEPHERD LAUNCHES COSTCO BOYCOTT PROTEST IN ISSAQUAH, WA
ISSAQUAH, WA, April 18, 2006 --/WORLD-WIRE/-- Canadian citizen and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society volunteer Stephen Thompson travelled down from Vancouver, British Columbia, to the Costco office headquarters yesterday to bring a message to the Chief Executives of Costco: STOP SUPPORTING THE SLAUGHTER OF BABY SEALS IN CANADA!
For two years, Mr. Thompson has been negotiating with Costco to remove seal oil capsules from the shelves of the Costco outlet in Newfoundland, Canada. On March 1st, Costco agreed to do so and gave Sea Shepherd a written guarantee that the capsules would be removed and not restocked in the future.
The exact wording of the message was: "This e-mail will confirm that Costco has made a decision today, March 1st, at the highest levels of Costco management, that it will no longer carry any seal oil capsules in St. John Newfoundland or any other Costco location in Canada." It was also printed, signed by an executive, and mailed to Sea Shepherd's President and Founder Captain Paul Watson in Friday Harbor, Washington.
The promise did not last two weeks. Under pressure from Newfoundland politicians, Costco reneged on their agreement with Sea Shepherd and then denied they had ever had any communication with Sea Shepherd on the issue despite the paper trail evidence of the negotiations. In response, Sea Shepherd has called for an international boycott of Costco until they agree to stop selling baby seal oil capsules.
This annual Canadian seal slaughter is taking place at this moment with a quota set of 325,000 seal pups. Over 900 tons of seal oil was processed last year to be marketed as a health supplement despite the fact that the oil contains PCB's, DDT, mercury, and arsenic. Organic flax and hemp seed oils are a healthier and less costly source of Omega-3.
Sea Shepherd has hired Ads Aloft to fly a banner over Issaquah from 2:00 - 3:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 18th. The flying banner will say: BOYCOTT COSTCO - SAVE SEALS.
It is illegal to sell seal oil in the United States, and Costco is an American-based company headquartered in Issaquah, Washington, the home state of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
"We don't like doing this," said Captain Watson. "I am an Executive member of Costco myself and it will be an inconvenience to boycott Costco, but we cannot deal with a company that breaks its word and trades in cruelty and ecological destruction. By selling this seal oil, Costco is supporting the largest slaughter of marine mammals on the planet."
Stephen Thompson will be standing in front of Costco's Headquarters for three days requesting an explanation for Costco's breaking their word to him about selling baby seal oil.
For pictures and more information, please visit: http://media-seals.seashepherd2.org/
About Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an International non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to defend, conserve, and protect the world's marine wildlife and ecosystems. Their website, www.seashepherd.org, documents SSCS research, direct action, public education and outreach programs, and illustrates how SSCS has continuously worked for decades to eradicate pirate whaling, poaching, shark finning, sealing, unlawful habitat destruction, and other violations of established laws intended to protect the world's oceans. Captain Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd's founder and President, also co-founder of Greenpeace Foundation, is a Director of Sierra Club USA, and is a renowned, respected leader in environmental issues.
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