Today, Anthony Bourdain took to Twitter to speak out against the American campaign to boycott Canadian seafood in protest of the seal hunt.


While Canada’s seal hunt largely occurs in Newfoundland, Inuit communities in the north also hunt seal. Seal hunting is a “cornerstone of Inuit culture, nutrition and survival,” according to this report from the The Nunavut government defending the seal hunt. Bourdain is urging chefs, including Danny Bowien and Michael Symon, to reconsider the seal hunt ban.

The Huffington Post reports:

“The Humane Society of America has a long-running boycott on Canadian seafood to protest the seal hunt. Last week, it announced that 42 high-profile chefs have joined the boycott and were also being honored by Food & Wine magazine.” 

Bourdain also brings up the fact that due to transportation costs, Inuits in Canada are paying ridiculously high prices for basic food products. A 2012 Huffington Post article on the subject reports that, at the time, Inuits were paying $105 for cases of water, $28 for heads of cabbage, and $55 for boxes of infant formula.


Although, it appears that Chefs for Seals, the organization “committed to ending the commercial seal hunt in Canada,” could be in agreement with Bourdain (or maybe they’re just covering their asses):

chefsforsealsBourdain’s response to Chefs for Seals: “How about letting the Inuit make a living? Or is it just leave them enough to eat?”

[via Twitter, Huffington Post, Maclean’s]