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Tanya Tagaq surprised by reaction to seal comments

TORONTO — Singer Tanya Tagaq has suggested the focus on her seal hunt comments at the Polaris Music Prize gala has overshadowed a far more important issue — Canada’s missing and murdered aboriginal women.

“I had a scrolling screen of 1200 missing and murdered indigenous women at the Polaris gala but people are losing their minds over seals,” she tweeted on Wednesday.

While accepting the Polaris Music Prize on Monday night, Tagaq urged people to wear and eat seal and then said: “F*** PETA.”

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PETA, an animal rights organization that has long opposed the commercial seal hunt on Canada’s east coast, fired back on Tuesday.

“PETA was surprised by Tanya’s ill-informed rant because we’ve never campaigned against the indigenous hunt,” said Dan Mathews, senior vice president of PETA.

The war of words made headlines across the country — and boosted interest in Tagaq. Her Nov. 6 show in Toronto has been moved from The Rivoli to the higher-capacity The Great Hall.

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