The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has taken a stand against the commercial slaughter of tens of thousands of seals in Canada. In the past five years, nearly one million seals have been killed, making Canada’s commercial seal hunt one of the largest slaughters of marine mammals on the planet.
The HSUS reached out to grocery stores and restaurants around the country for support in boycotting the purchase of some or all Canadian seafood. Kathryn Kullberg, marine wildlife director for The HSUS, said “Each week, more businesses, small and large, are choosing to stand with The Humane Society of the United States … to end this bloody business for good.”
Local Carlsbad restaurants Bistro West & West Steak and Seafood are both participating in this campaign with the full support of the West Village staff. The two restaurants’ Executive Chef Eugenio Martignago, Chef Jason Connolly, Chef de Cuisine David DiSalvo and Sous Chef Dino Leyva are joining chefs across the country in advocacy of the protection of future seals born in Canada.
The chef's of West take food, dining, service, and sustainability very seriously.
When asked why they felt the need to participate in the Save the Seals Campaign they responded with;
"Sustainability is something that we have to take seriously and not for granted. We must also work together, especially on our menus in both of our restaurants to try and be as truthful as possible with what we do," said Eugenio Martignago.
“It’s a privilege to eat the way we do in America, therefore, it’s our responsibility to appreciate and respect our food in every way,” added David DiSalvo.
Jason Connolly responded, “We need to work with Mother Nature not against, to help the sustainability of not only the oceans, but of the Earth itself.”
More than 6,000 companies throughout the US have joined the HSUS in support of ending Canada's seal slaughter.
To learn more about the Chefs for Seals Campaign, click here.