McCartney's seal help
16:30 02 March 2006
Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Heather Mills are jetting to Canada as part of their bid to get seal hunting banned.
The long-time animal rights activists will spend time in the icy Canadian Maritimes - where seal hunting has been going on for centuries - to raise awareness of the mammals' plight.
Rebecca Aldworth, director of Canadian wildlife issues for the US Humane Society, revealed the former Beatle will also discuss the controversial practice with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
She told Canada's Toronto Star newspaper: "They are taking a very strong stand against the commercial sea hunt and are going to be devoting their energies to making this a global issue."
Paul and Heather are both devoted to animal welfare causes.
Last year, Heather was thrown out of a top New York store for protesting against the shop's sale of fur.
The former model walked into a J Crew branch wearing a flat-screen TV showing images of mink, rabbits and coyotes being skinned alive.
Vegetarian Heather was joined by 15 PETA members protesting the store's policy of selling furs imported from China, where animals are allegedly skinned alive and treated inhumanely before being killed.
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