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PETA stages naked protest  

[PoliticsWatch updated 5:45 p.m., February 22, 2007]

Three members of the animal rights group PETA braved frigid temperatures and staged a partially naked protest in front of the Parliament buildings on Thursday. (PoliticsWatch photo).

OTTAWA  — The animal rights group PETA staged a partially nude protest in front of the Peace Tower on Thursday.   

Three members of the group protested the annual seal hunt by stripping down to their underwear and covering themselves in red food colouring to signify blood.

The protest lasted nearly 15 minutes as the three women shivered as temperatures were minus 16 with the wind chill factor. 

The protestors faced taunts and quips from the lunch hour pedestrian traffic.  

PETA has staged similar protests in the U.S. in recent years where protestors strip naked in front of fur stores wearing banners that read, “We’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur."

"PETA's out here today to raise awareness about the annual massacre of baby harp seals that goes on every year," said Matt Rice of PETA. 

"We're urging the prime minister to put an end to this annual slaughter and we're urging the Canadian public who are opposed to this slaughter to write to the prime minister and demand he put a stop to it."

Canada's seal hunt is a lightening rod for animal rights activists around the world, including celebrities such as Brigitte BardotPaul McCartney and Heather Mills

The seal hunt is set to begin in the coming weeks in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and later off Labrador and Newfoundland's northeast coast.

Seal hunters have stepped up demands recently for Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn to create a mile barrier between sealers and observers, who are usually animal rights activists. 

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