A comment about the offer
Please everyone, RIGHT THIS MINUTE...email the Prime Minister,
Mr. Williams and Mr. Hearn. Urge them to accept this offer!
Here are their email addresses:
[email protected], [email protected]
From: Nadine Saunders
Apr 4, 2006
What are you going to do about this, Mr. Harper?
To: Prime Minister/Premier ministre
Connecticut Businesswoman Makes $16 Million Offer to Canadian Prime
Minister to End Slaughter of Canadian Baby Seals
NEW CANAAN, Conn., April 4 /CNW/ -- In a just-released letter to
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Cathy Kangas, CEO and Founder of PRAI
Beauty, a global beauty company, has offered to raise the $16 million that
Canadian fishermen will realize from the sale of the pelts of slaughtered baby
seals. Ms. Kangas wrote: "If you stop this year's hunt immediately, we will
provide you with the $16 million to be distributed at your discretion." The
Canadian government has stated repeatedly that the seal hunt provides needed
off-season income to the fishermen in the communities of the Gulf of St.
Lawrence and Newfoundland.
Ms. Kangas also proposed working with the Canadian government to institute
a program to buy back existing fishing licenses and launch a program of
eco-tourism in Northeastern Canada to replace the seal hunt. "Canadian
fishermen could earn more money serving as park rangers for high end tours to
Canada to see the beautiful spectacle of seals giving birth on the ice floes,"
she noted. She said that whale-watching tours in Canada have been very
successful attracting visitors.
"We are providing you with an alternative to what Paul McCartney called 'a
stain on the character of the Canadian people.' If this is really simply an
economic problem, then take our offer," Mrs. Kangas stated in her letter. The
money, she pointed out, will be raised from private citizens and animal
protection groups worldwide which oppose the seal hunt including The Humane
Society of the United States, which has more than nine million members.
Mrs. Kangas added: "With the worldwide boycott of Canadian seafood, the
television coverage of baby seals being clubbed to death for their pelts, and
the involvement of high-profile celebrities such as Heather and Paul McCartney
and Bridget Bardot, one would think that Stephen Harper would welcome an
economic solution to the seal hunt. We are willing to negotiate in good
faith. However, should he choose to ignore my letter and continue with the
hunt, we need to ask the world what will it take for Canada to end this
Cathy Kangas has championed animal welfare issues for more than twenty
years. She presently serves on the Regional Council of IFAW (International
Fund for Animal Welfare) and as an advisor to HSUS (Humane Society of the
As CEO and Founder of PRAI Beauty, a global skin and beauty care company
sold through the Internet and home shopping networks, she created "Beauty With
A Cause." Under this program, her company contributes a portion of its
proceeds every month to a different animal protection organization.
Among the many animal protection organizations supported by Ms. Kangas
through PRAI Beauty are: Animals Asia, which seeks to end the slaughter of
cats and dogs in China for food; IFAW for the campaign to save the whales;
Save the Chimps, which provides a sanctuary for chimps formerly used by the US
Air Force; The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee; the United Pegasus Foundation
for retired racehorses; the Wolf Conservation Center, Best Friends in Utah,
the largest animal sanctuary in the world; and SPANA, which cares for working
Contact: Mary Frances Duffy
The Dilenschneider Group
A copy of Mrs. Kangas' letter to Prime Minister Harper is below.
106 CLEARVIEW LANE
NEW CANAAN, CONNECTICUT 06840
March 21, 2006
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Canada, KIA O42
Dear Prime Minister Harper:
Your government has repeatedly stated that the $16 million realized from
the slaughter of Canadian baby seals is vital to the fishing communities of
the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Newfoundland. If you stop this year's hunt
immediately, we will provide you with this $16 million to be distributed at
Furthermore, we will work with your government to institute a program to
buy back the fishing licenses and begin a program of eco-tourism in
Northeastern Canada, which would replace the seal hunt. Through this program,
high-end tour companies, such as Abercrombie & Kent, would provide
opportunities for its customers to see the beautiful spectacle of seals giving
birth on the ice floes. This could be a whole new source of revenue for the
region and fishermen could serve as Park Rangers showing the seals and
The eyes of the world will be on Canada when the seal hunt begins. We are
providing you with an alternative to what Paul McCartney called "a stain on
the character of the Canadian people." If this is really simply an economic
problem, then take our offer. The money is being raised from animal
protection groups worldwide including The Humane Society of the United States,
which alone has more than 9 million members.
We are asking you to negotiate with us in good faith. If we do not hear
back from your office before the start of the hunt, we will have no other
choice than to take this offer to the Canadian and worldwide media. We are
providing the Canadian government with an opportunity to end the seal hunt and
provide fishermen with an alternative livelihood. We look forward to
discussing this offer with you. I can be reached through my assistant Diane
Jacobitti at (941) 929-7435.
A comment about the offer:
Years ago IFAW offered the seal killers double their salaries NOT to kill seals - also offered them work as guides - taking people out on the ice to see the seals ........ they turned them down ! Do you expect the Canadian Government to do any differently ? THE GOVERNMENT ISN'T DOING THIS FOR THE MONEY - they are doing it I believe out of PURE SPITE !!!! LIKE CHILDREN WHEN YOU SAY ' NO ' THEY DIG THEIR HEELS IN DEEPER AND CARRY ON - BUT WORSE !