Press Release

Humane Society of the United States Continues Phony Seafood Boycott

Washington, DC – The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has just released a list of 60 South Florida restaurants supposedly joining its boycott of Canadian seafood. But the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) has already exposed HSUS’s phony boycott as a dishonest attempt to intimidate Canada’s government into stopping its annual seal hunt. CCF surveyed more than 80 companies HSUS claimed were involved with its boycott, and found that 78 percent of respondents were not actively participating.

The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, said: “Some animal rights groups have been misleading the public for years about the nature of our annual seal hunt. So it’s no surprise at all that the richest of them would mislead the public with a phony seafood boycott aimed at hurting our fishermen.”

Overall, 31 percent of the companies CCF surveyed said they were still serving Canadian seafood. And 62 percent said they were unaware that HSUS was publicly describing them as boycott participants.

“The apparent dishonesty in this boycott hoax raises serious questions about the Humane Society’s other campaigns,” said Center for Consumer Freedom Director of Research David Martosko.

CCF revealed last week in the wake of Michael Vick’s dogfighting indictment that HSUS falsely promised donors their contributions would be earmarked to help “care for the dogs seized in the Michael Vick case.” HSUS is not caring for the animals, and HSUS president Wayne Pacelle told The New York Times that his group is recommending the dogs be “put down.”

“HSUS has never been honest about the nature of its work,” Martosko added. “It’s going to be even harder to take them seriously from now on.”

CCF’s findings are available to members of the media. A profile of the Humane Society of the United States can be found at

Founded in 1996, the Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices. For more information, visit


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