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Cathy Kangas Offers $16 Million to End Seal Hunt.

Last year the Canadian seal slaughter realized $16 million in income to East Coast seal killers.

This year = Sea Shepherd member and supporter Kathy Kangas has offered $16 million to compensate the sealers if they do not kill seals.

Kangas the CEO and Founder of PRAI Beauty, a global beauty company has made the offer in a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

"If you stop this year's hunt immediately, we will provide you with the $16 million to be distributed at your discretion." Said Kangas.

Ms. Kangas also proposed working with the Canadian government to institute a program to buy back existing fishing licenses and launch a program of eco-tourism in Northeastern Canada to replace the seal hunt.  "Canadian fishermen could earn more money serving as park rangers for high end tours to Canada to see the beautiful spectacle of seals giving birth on the ice floes," she noted.  She said that whale-watching tours in Canada have been very successful attracting visitors.

"We are providing you with an alternative to what Paul McCartney called 'a stain on the character of the Canadian people.'  If this is really simply an economic problem, then take our offer," Mrs. Kangas stated in her letter.  The money, she pointed out, will be raised from private citizens and animal protection groups worldwide.

Mrs. Kangas added: "With the worldwide boycott of Canadian seafood, the television coverage of baby seals being clubbed to death for their pelts, and the involvement of high-profile celebrities such as Heather and Paul McCartney and Bridget Bardot, one would think that Stephen Harper would welcome an economic solution to the seal hunt.  We are willing to negotiate in good faith.  However, should he choose to ignore my letter and continue with the hunt, we need to ask the world what will it take for Canada to end this barbaric practice?"

As CEO and Founder of PRAI Beauty, a global skin and beauty care company sold through the Internet and home shopping networks, she created "Beauty With A Cause."  Under this program, her company contributes a portion of its proceeds every month to a different animal protection organization.

  A copy of Mrs. Kangas' letter to Prime Minister Harper is below.


                               CATHY KANGAS
                            106 CLEARVIEW LANE
                      NEW CANAAN, CONNECTICUT 06840

  March 21, 2006

  The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
  Office of the Prime Minister
  80 Wellington Street
  Ottawa, Ontario
  Canada, KIA O42

Dear Prime Minister Harper:

Your government has repeatedly stated that the $16 million realized from
the slaughter of Canadian baby seals is vital to the fishing communities of
the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Newfoundland.  If you stop this year's hunt
immediately, we will provide you with this $16 million to be distributed at
your discretion.
Furthermore, we will work with your government to institute a program to
buy back the fishing licenses and begin a program of eco-tourism in
Northeastern Canada, which would replace the seal hunt.  Through this program,
high-end tour companies, such as Abercrombie & Kent, would provide
opportunities for its customers to see the beautiful spectacle of seals giving
birth on the ice floes.  This could be a whole new source of revenue for the
region and fishermen could serve as Park Rangers showing the seals and
protecting them.
The eyes of the world will be on
Canada
when the seal hunt begins.  We are
providing you with an alternative to what Paul McCartney called "a stain on
the character of the Canadian people."  If this is really simply an economic
problem, then take our offer.  The money is being raised from animal
protection groups worldwide including The Humane Society of the
United States
,
which alone has more than 9 million members.
We are asking you to negotiate with us in good faith. If we do not hear
back from your office before the start of the hunt, we will have no other
choice than to take this offer to the Canadian and worldwide media. We are
providing the Canadian government with an opportunity to end the seal hunt and
provide fishermen with an alternative livelihood.  We look forward to
discussing this offer with you.  I can be reached through my assistant Diane
Jacobitti at (941) 929-7435.

Sincerely,

Cathy Kangas

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