Everyone, it seems, has a cause to champion during Inauguration Week, but this one is close to my heart: the Canadian seal hunt. I know, I know, you’ve heard about all this stuff before, and you’ve got bigger fish to fry than seals, so to speak, during these troubled times. But give me a minute here.

I’ve stood on the ice floes in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and seen the seal hunt up close. I covered it in 2005 for the Humane Society of the United States. It’s one of the most barbaric scenes you’ll ever see. The sound of a hakapik crushing a seal’s skull is not something you forget easily. Nor do you forget being chased by a marauding band of Newfoundlander hillbillies with knives and hakapiks. Nor do you forget standing there on an ice floe, a hundred feet or so from your helicopter, as a sealer’s boat starts to ram into your floating cake, hoping you’ll tumble into the icy waters.

And what’s it all for? It’s not for food. Every person I interviewed on Prince Edward Island, where I stayed during the hunt, said the meat tastes like shit. Instead, the sealers send the pelts to Euro-trash fashion designers who turn them into club coats or some crap like that.

Like just about everyone else, The HSUS is using Inauguration Week to promote its campaign to boycott Canadian seafood. The idea behind the campaign is too complex to explain in a blog item, but suffice to say that every time you eat in a restaurant that boycotts Canadian seafood, you’ll be helping the cause. More than 150 restaurants in the area have joined the boycott, including Central Michel Richard, CityZen, and PS 7’s. The full list of participating restaurants are listed after the jump.

1789 Restaurant
2941 Restaurant
Agraria
Aioli Meditalian Gourmet
Amici Miei
Ardeo
Aroma Indian Cuisine
Banana Café
Bangkok Joe’s Dumpling Bar and
Café
Bardeo
Bastille
Bice
Bistro Bis
Bistro Bistro
Bobby’s Crabcakes
Bodega Spanish Tapas and
Lounge
Bombay Club Restaurant
Bombay Indian Restaurant
Bonsai Restaurant
Buck’s Fishing and Camping
Bullfeathers
Busboys & Poets, three locations
Café Atlantico
Cashion’s Eat Place
Cava Restaurant
Central Michel Richard
Cesco Trattoria
Chef Theo’s
China House
Chinatown Garden Restaurant
Circle Bistro
CityZen Restaurant
Comet Ping Pong
CommonWealth Gastropub
Da Marco Ristorante Italiano
David Craig Bethesda
Dish
District Chophouse and Brewery
Eammon’s Dublin Chipper
Equinox
Evening Star Café
Fado
Filomena Ristorante
Finn & Porter
Foti’s
Golden Flame
Hank’s Oyster Bar, two locations
Heritage India
Houston’s, two locations
Il Mulino
Indebleu
Jackie’s Restaurant
Kaz Sushi Bistro
Kotobuki
La Chaumiere
La Tasca, four locations
Le Paradou
Le Petit Mistral
Lebanese Café, three locations
Lebanese Taverna, five locations
Legal Sea Foods, five locations
Leopold’s Kafe and Konditorei
Little India
Mandalay Restaurant
Mark and Orlando’s Restaurant
Mark’s Kitchen
Marrakesh Palace and Pasha
Lounge
Mehak Indian Cuisine
Mendocino Grille and Wine Bar
Michel Richard Citronelle
Middle Eastern Cuisine
Minh’s
Minibar
Miss Saigon
Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
Montmartre
New Heights
News Café
Nicaro
Notti Bianche
Odeon
Olazzo
Olive Lounge & Grill
Otello
Paper Moon
Passage to India
Pesce
PGA Tour Grill
Polo India Club
Poste Moderne Brasserie
PS7’s Restaurant
Raaga Fine Indian Cuisine and
Catering
Rasika
Red Line Grill
Restaurant Eve
Restaurant Nora
RFD Washington
Ristorante Tosca
Rock Creek at Mazza
Rock Creek Restaurant
Rustico
Saigonique
Sala Thai, five locations
Samantha’s
Savory Cafe
Sonoma Restaurant
Spezie Ristorante
Starfish Café
Stars Bistro and Bar
Steam Café
Sushi Go Round
Tabard Inn
Taberna del Alabardero
Taj Mahal Restaurant
Talulla
Taste of Morocco
Ted’s Montana Grill, four
locations
Tesoro
Thai Derm
Thai at Silver Spring
Thai Shirlington
The Grill from Ipanema
The Hawk and Dove
Restaurant
The Majestic
The Occidental
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
The Oval Room
The Reef
Uni a Sushi Place
Vermilion
Vidalia
Viet Royale
Willow
Woodmont Grill
Zack’s Taverna
Zengo