Cook's Notebook


November 23, 2005

In the News

Canadian crab boycott is urged

Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito is urging American chefs to boycott Canadian snow crabs until the Canadians halt the annual seal hunt.

DiSpirito, known for being the star of the hit NBC reality series The Restaurant, is also the author of Flavor, Rocco's Italian American and the forthcoming Rocco's Five Minute Flavor.

In a letter on behalf of the Humane Society of the United States to his colleagues, DiSpirito says that "the sealing industry generates a tiny amount of money in comparison to the billions of dollars the seafood industry from Canada brings in each year. Most of the seal clubbers are also snow crabbers. By refusing to use Canadian or Canadian-sourced snow crab in our restaurants, we can make a very vocal statement against the seal hunt."

A number of restaurants and food chains are trying to reduce or end their Canadian seafood sales to protest the seal hunt.

--Liz Atwood

Site Du Jour


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