Consumer Group: Humane Society of the United States Should Abandon Phony Canadian Seafood 'Boycott'

       Evidence shows Canadian seafood exports aren't suffering, U.S.
                        restaurants aren't boycotting

    WASHINGTON, April 5 /CNW/ -- New information revealed today by the
nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) has led the group to demand that
the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) abandon its phony "boycott" of
Canadian seafood. A thorough analysis of the snow crab market by Canada's
Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) shows that the HSUS "boycott" is a
total failure. CCF research published last year had already demonstrated that
78 percent of restaurants and seafood companies described by HSUS as boycott
participants are not actively shunning any Canadian seafood products. In
addition, the website menus of several restaurants on the HSUS "boycott" list
clearly include seafood items from Canada.
    HSUS has widely boasted about its ability to manipulate the market for
snow crab by encouraging U.S. restaurants not to purchase it. But according to
the DFO's analysis of snow crab market conditions, "the data suggest that the
HSUS's claims about the success of the boycott are much inflated at best, but
more likely they are simply deceptive and misleading."
    Snow crab price and export data, obtained by DFO from the market research
firm Urner Barry, show that while the value of Canadian snow crab exports to
the United States fell between 2004 and 2006, the price of King crab from the
U.S. state of Alaska also dropped in exactly the same fashion. Both rebounded
steadily through 2006, debunking HSUS's claims of a successful Canadian
    The new data show that the 2004 price decline in snow crab was well
underway six months before HSUS announced its planned boycott. DFO's report
notes that HSUS "later focused media attention on snow crab in the U.S.A. --
after the prevailing market cycle was clear."
    "No matter what animal rights zealots say, American restaurants are not
boycotting Canadian seafood in any meaningful numbers," said CCF Director of
Research David Martosko. "HSUS is using a phony boycott to do what it does
best, which is raising enormous sums of money. This year the group will spend
over $150 million demonizing meat and dairy consumption, fighting the
necessary use of lab animals in medical research, and -- of course -- raising
more cash. Hopefully, Americans will realize what the Canadians already know:
HSUS is not to be trusted."

    For a copy of the DFO's analysis of the snow crab market, or to schedule
an interview with Mr. Martosko, contact J.P. Freire at (202) 463-7112. A
complete profile of HSUS is available online at

    The Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit coalition supported by
restaurants, food companies, and consumers, working together to promote
personal responsibility and protect consumer choices.

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For further information: J.P. Freire of Center for Consumer Freedom, 
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