Iggy Pop Ke$ha PETA Campaign Takes On Canadian Seal Slaughter
Rock icon Iggy Pop and grungy pop princess Ke$ ha have joined the celebs taking Canada to task over its thriving baby seal trade.
The musicians have teamed up with People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to decry the annual slaughter of baby seals on the shore of Eastern Canada. Against the backdrop of the tagline: “Canada’s Club Scene Sucks,” Iggy and Ke$ ha are featured in a global campaign set to run on music sites in several countries with the aim of combatting the Canadian government’s attempts to market baby seal fur internationally.
Though world leaders, including Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin, have spoken out against the clubbing of baby seals, and Canadian seal products have been banned in the US, the Canadian government spends $ 7 million each year defending the controversial seal slaughter. A host of prominent Canadians have also voiced opposition to the tradition, including Sarah McLachlan, Peaches, Bryan Adams, Pamela Anderson, and Ryan Reynolds, who penned a blog about it for The Huffington Post.
“PETA members will display the posters at concerts and major music festivals where Iggy Pop and Ke$ ha will perform this spring and summer to encourage the icons’ fans to write their own protest letters to Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa,” the animal rights group said in a statement announcing the effort on Wednesday.
“Clubbing baby seals is sick and gives Canada a black eye. Don’t let the greed of a few tarnish the image of the whole country,” says Iggy.
Ke$ ha agrees, chiming in with: “I was lucky enough to get to watch a bunch of wild seals recently and truly fell in love with these amazing creatures. Canada gets to be host to harp seals each year during their migration to the ice to give birth which is beautiful and peaceful. But because the babies’ fur is so soft, there are people who club and brutally kill these young animals. The Canadian seal slaughter is barbaric and archaic. My music and my fans are part of a movement of youth taking over the world with positive change. I know theyll help me and PETA ban the Canadian seal slaughter so the only place you see baby seal fur is in a museum.”