Published Apr 19, 2017The annual Canadian seal hunt is a favourite talking point for celebrities from Morrissey to Kesha. Now, X-Files star Gillian Anderson is joining the fray with a new letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anderson has called on Trudeau to put an end to the annual hunt.
"Climate change is already decimating ice-dependent seals. It has resulted in less ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Without ice, baby seals drown," she wrote. "I hope to hear that you, as a leader who has been progressive on many issues, will lift the dark cloud tarnishing Canada's reputation and proud history."
Though Anderson is an American citizen, she has spent over two decades shooting projects in Canada.
Still, many Inuit people have spoken out in support of the seal hunt over the years, arguing that it's an important practice for Indigenous communities. Tanya Tagaq has had plenty of public spats with PETA, and her Facebook account was suspended earlier this year when she shared a photo of a seal skin.