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Mr. Jim Sinegal, CEO
Costco Wholesale Corporation
PO Box 34331
Seattle, WA 98124 USA
General Member Service: 800-774-2678 (and press 6); fax: 425-313-8103
web email:

Costco Wholesale Corporation
999 Lake Drive
Issaquah, WA 98027

Richard E. Duffy R.Ph., Assistant Vice President
Costco Wholesale Corporation
45940 Horseshoe Drive
Sterling, VA 20166
ph: 703-406-6924; fax: 703-406-6857

Costco Community Relations / Charitable Donations
Muriel Cooper, Community Relations & Administration
ph: 425-313-6182; email:

Costco Membership / Marketing
Kathy Tatman - ph: 425-313-2926; email:

Investor Relations Contacts

Richard Galanti, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
ph: 425-313-8203; fax: 425-313-6593

Bob Nelson, Vice President, Financial Planning & Investor Relations
ph: 425-313-8255; fax: 425-313-6430

Jeff Elliott, Director, Financial Planning & Investor Relations
ph: 425-313-8264; fax: 425-313-6430

Dear Mr. Sinegal and Mr. Duffy,

I am disappointed to learn Costco chose to restock its St. John’s, Newfoundland warehouse with
seal oil capsules, especially when Omega-3 fatty acids are easily obtained from plant sources.
Costco’s decision seems cast for a relative handful of Newfoundland consumers, without
consideration for the majority who oppose the annual slaughter of more than 325,000 seals.

I urge Costco to adopt an ethical policy. Seal oil capsules, misleadingly labeled “health” products,
contain traces of PCB’s and heavy metals such as mercury. They are derived from seals whose
systematic slaughter is detrimental to the marine ecology of the Northwest Atlantic. Please offer a
supplement that is good for people, wildlife, and the environment.

Scientists have renounced Canada's management policy for harp seals as unsustainable, citing
insufficient evidence to link harp seals with depleted fish stocks. "Certainly, no Department of
Fisheries scientist thinks the seal had anything to do with the fishery's collapse," Dr. Jeffrey
Hatchlings, a fishery biologist and former DO consultant, has stated. In fact, scientists are concerned
that killing seals may hinder the recovery of ground fish stocks.

Yet the Canadian government continues to scapegoat seals and search for ways to market their
remains. After the European Union banned whitecoat pelts in 1984, officials revitalized the industry
with a “morally acceptable seal hunt” that lets sealers kill adult animals only. Under this restriction,
seals who shed their white fur by three weeks of age are “adults.”

Up to 95% of harp seals slaughtered over the last five years were less than three months old. These
still vulnerable pups can barely eat or swim on their own. Video footage depicts sealers hauling them
over the ice with boathooks. Furthermore, sealers routinely violate regulations. In photographic
images from 2005, the world viewed seals gunned down, pounded in the skull, kicked in the face,
and thrashed with hakapiks. In 2001 a team of impartial veterinarians determined that 42% of
examined seals did not suffer sufficient cranial injury to render them unconscious. They concluded
the seals were likely cognizant when skinned alive.

As you know, seal commodities are banned in the United States, where Costco is headquartered.
While Omega-3 seal oil capsules may appeal to one Canadian province, most consumers view them
as an obscene product.

Polls indicate nearly 80% of Americans and Europeans disapprove of the seal hunt, with many
committed to a boycott of Canadian seafood until it ends. Now, animal protection groups have
initiated a boycott of all Costco outlets, as long as seal oil capsules remain on Newfoundland store

Bring on the flaxseed or hemp seed oils, but please leave the seals out of your supplements. I’d
appreciate any feedback about plans to pull this offensive product from all Costco retail stores.

Thank you,

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