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Yoke's Fresh Market became one of more than 4,500 grocery stores and restaurants participating in The Humane Society's ProtectSeals campaign to help end Canada's commercial seal hunt.
"We believe it is proper for us to stand with other grocers, restaurants and suppliers against this inhumane slaughter," said John Bole, c.e.o. and president of Yoke's Fresh Market. "As an employee-owned company we feel it is appropriate to take this position on behalf of our employees. This is the right thing to do."
Yoke's Fresh Market has pledged not to sell any Canadian seafood from the seal-hunting provinces in its grocery stores until Canada ends its commercial seal hunt for good.
Other participating companies include WinCo Foods, PCC Natural Markets, Whole Foods Markets, Trader Joe's, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville CafÈs, Ted Turner's steakhouse chain - Ted's Montana Grill, Harris Teeter, and Bon AppÈtit Management Company.
Yoke's Fresh Market is an employee-owned Spokane, Was. Grocer that operates 13 stores in Washington and Idaho, primarily in the Spokane area.