Pamela Anderson hugs a seal mascot as she launches PETA's new anti-sealing campaign in Toronto on Friday October 23, 2009. (Photo: Frank Gunn/CP)Anderson writes in the letter obtained by The Canadian Press that Ottawa has poured millions of taxpayers' dollars into propping up the fading industry.
"I urge you to usher in a new era of fiscal responsibility and kindness by ending federal subsidies of the commercial seal slaughter."
Tories steadfastly defended huntThe former Conservative government steadfastly defended the commercial hunt as beneficial for local economies, humane and well regulated. In recent years, the federal government has invested in programs to promote seal meat in domestic and foreign markets. Critics have long insisted it's a cruel, unnecessary slaughter. Anderson wrote in her letter to Trudeau on Monday that she admires his progressive views on LGBT rights, his compassionate stance on the Syrian refugee crisis and his decision to name a gender-balanced cabinet. "There's another issue that has sullied Canada at home and abroad for years, which I hope you'll address: wasteful government bailouts of the nearly extinct East Coast commercial seal trade," she wrote. "I urge you to usher in a new era of fiscal responsibility and kindness by ending federal subsidies of the commercial seal slaughter... "I hope to hear that you will be available in the coming weeks to discuss this important issue in a more official setting."
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