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BOISE, Idaho -- WinCo Foods, Inc. last week joined The Humane Society of the United States' ProtectSeals campaign to assist the animal rights group's efforts in putting economic pressure on the Canadian fishing industry to end the slaughter of baby harp seals.
“We believed it was proper for us to stand with other grocers, restaurants, and suppliers against this inhumane slaughter,” said Michael Read, v.p. of public and legal affairs for WinCo. “As a company we felt it was appropriate to take this position on behalf of our employees.”
The Humane Society said other campaign participants include Legal Sea Foods, Whole Foods Markets, Trader Joe’s, Margaritaville Cafes, Ted’s Montana Grill, Oceanaire, and Earth Fare. The pledge to avoid Canadian snow crab, or all seafood from Eastern Canada, or seafood from all of Canada, until the hunt ends for good. This year’s hunt is scheduled to begin at the end of March.
WinCo Foods is an employee-owned company presently consisting of 61 large discount supermarkets (with more scheduled to open this year), and more than 11,000 employee owners. Its stores are located in California, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon.