Victoria Walk for Seals

2009 Walk for SealsOn Sunday, March 15, 2009, seal advocates and organizations are invited to join Friends of Animals in Victoria for Canada's biggest seal protection demonstration. "Hundreds of thousands of seals are still murdered every year on the ice under government quotas and assistance," says Priscilla Feral, president of Friends of Animals, an opponent to seal killing for over 30 years. "This despicable policy must end, and the Canadian public needs to demand this be done."

This demand will be heard, clear and strong. After gathering in Centennial Square by City Hall, hundreds of activists will march through the streets of downtown Victoria. The march will culminate at the BC Legislature, where speakers will inspire more action on the issue.

Dave Shishkoff, Canadian Correspondent for Friends of Animals, states: "Many people care about this issue. Our plan is to call to account the two people in Canada who can put a stop to the killing on the ice floes off Newfoundland: Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans." Shishkoff continues: "Gail Shea's predecessors have perpetuated human arrogance and violence which the world associates with Canada every spring. It's Gail Shea's time to change history and declare peace for the seals."

Event co-organizer Bruce Foerster, of the West Coast Anti-Sealing Coalition, observes that the commercial pelt trade exists essentially for vanity, generates very little income to the people pressed by the quota to engage in it, and can no way qualify as a matter of human need. Pelts have dropped from a high of $105 in 2006 to $35 in 2008. "It is impossible to justify from any perspective," says Foerster, "be it moral, cultural or financial." Foerster concludes: "It is high time that Canada stops financing this bloody trade, and joins the growing list of countries which have outlawed the sale of seal furs."

The activists demand that Harper's government stops issuing quotas, buys back permits for killing seals, and establishes solid training and job placement in and around Newfoundland.

Friends of Animals members and supporters invite everyone to join them in this rally, to be held on Sunday, March 15, 2009. Meet in Centennial Square at noon for the march. Then they'll convene at the Legislature at 1 pm, where seal advocates will offer more insight. Seal killing begins in Canada, and will end in Canada. Canadians are needed to make it happen.

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