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    Greer's Markets Joins 'ProtectSeals' Campaign

    The Southern grocer is the latest supermarket operator to pledge not to buy Canadian seafood until the government-sanctioned seal hunt ends.

    Autry Greer & Sons, parent company of Greer's Markets and Greer's Food Tiger stores, has joined the Humane Society of the United States in its "ProtectSeals" campaign against the killing of baby harp seals by commercial fishermen in Canada.

    "We believed that standing with other grocers, restaurants, and suppliers against this inhumane hunt is the right thing to do," said Johnny Fayard, director of perishables for Pritchard, Ala.-based Autry Greer & Sons, Inc. Autry Greer & Sons operates 32 grocery stores under the Greer's Food Tiger and Greer's Market banners in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi.

    Other participating grocers who have pledged to avoid buying Canadian seafood until the government-sanctioned hunt is stopped include Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe's, Bi-Lo, Harris Teeter, Earth Fare, and WinCo Foods, Inc.

    The Humane Society of the United States hopes that Canada's fishing industry will soon end its support for the commercial seal hunt and advocate a sealing license retirement plan. Under such a plan, Canadian fishermen who participate in the commercial seal hunt would receive fair compensation for the income they earn killing seals, and the hunt would end. When Canada ended its commercial whale hunt, it set up a license retirement plan along those lines.

    The ProtectSeals campaign launched in 2005.

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