PETA protests urge Canadian syrup boycott over seals



Animal rights activists say they will smash a giant bottle of "bloody" maple syrup today in front of the Canadian consulate in Philadelphia to protest the slaughter of baby seals.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has been staging the protests around the country  - and calling for a boycott of Canadian maple syrup products - to try to pressure the Canadian government to stop the practice of clubbing baby seals for their fur pelts. 

The Canadian seal trade was dealt a blow last year when the European Union and the United States banned the sale of seal products. PETA says 75 percent of the 300,000 seals expected to be killed were spared as a  result.

"We want consumers to buy American maple syrup only because there's nothing 'sweet' about a country that condones the largest annual massacre of marine mammals on the planet," said PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman.

The protest will be held today at noon at 1050 Market St.