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Dog the Swag: Save our Seals

saveourseals_325.jpgYes, that is Tom Arnold. From PR about “television celebrities” who posed for pics kissing baby seals on behalf of the Humane Society. “Teri Hatcher hit up Sundance 2007 for a week full of outrageous swagging, but she also stopped to show some love. This time, it wasn’t her hunky BF Stephen Kay (whom she was all over the whole week), but the Humane Society’s Baby Seals. Hatcher and a host of other celebrities visited The Green House in Deer Valley for Après Ski Swagging with The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) as one of the sponsors… Other celebs were also THRILLED to sign a pledge asking the Canadian government to stop the seal hunt.” [Continued at the jump.]

Celebs who signed were:
Sienna Miller
Molly Shannon
Kelly Cole
Denise Vasi
Patricia Kara
Tom Arnold
Donovan Leitch
Kerr Smith
Matthew Lillard
Timothy Hutton
Isabelle Fuhrman
Brian Tee
Sienna Miller put and also agreed to let the Humane Society use her name in a full-page ad to the Canadian government. Even musicians Steve Kerr of the Sex Pistols and William Tell showed their support for the humane Society. The HSUS chose to migrate their cause from the ice floes of Eastern Canada to the mountains of Park City, UT to rally celebrity support to stop the annual seal hunt which begins in March.

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