Costco has reneged on their promise to remove baby seal oil capsules from their shelves and has mistakenly decided that the interests of one store in Newfoundland are more important than all of Costcoâ€™s outlets internationally. They announced on the morning of April 5, 2006, that they will resume selling seal oil capsules made from baby harp seals.
Canadian citizen and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society volunteer Stephen Thompson traveled 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: â€œThis 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.â€? It was also printed, signed by an executive, and mailed to Sea Shepherdâ€™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 PCBâ€™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 â€“ 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.
â€œWe donâ€™t like doing this,â€? said Captain Watson. â€œI 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.â€?
Stephen Thompson will be standing in front of Costcoâ€™s Headquarters for three days requesting an explanation for Costcoâ€™s breaking their word to him about selling baby seal oil.
Please contact Costco and express your disgust at their decision to restock this despicable item.
Costco Contact Information
Community Relations & Administration
James Sinegal, President
Costco Wholesale Corporation
999 Lake Drive
Issaquah, WA 98027
Tel: 800-774-2678 (and Press 6)
For more info. visit http://www.seashepherd.org/seals/seals.html