Heal Our Planet Earth
CARE Tour - 4

Compassion for Animals Road Expeditions #4

Motorcade protests East Coast seal hunt

June 24, 2006

Imagine 325,000 dead and skinned seals lining the Island Highway from Victoria past Campbell River.

That's the image organizers of the Funeral Motorcade for the Seals would like you to grasp as they travel the distance in protest of Canada's East Coast seal hunt.

The motorcade leaves Victoria on July 2 at 10:15 a.m., stopping in Duncan, Ladysmith, Nanaimo (12:15 to 12:50 p.m.), Parksville, Qualicum, Courtenay, Comox and Campbell River, raising awareness of the annual hunt on the ice flows off Newfoundland and Labrador.

"We usually set the number of kilometres by the quota of seals which is set by the government," said Anthony Marr of Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE).

Marr said at least ten vehicles will be leaving Victoria, with others joining along the way, and he expects up to 15 when the motorcade reaches full strength.

"We will be raising awareness by holding media conferences in each city. We need the media to convey our message to the general public," he said.

"Our idea is to convert a dry statistical number like 325,000 into a horrific vision of 325 km of a single file of 325,000 dead seals at one meter per seal - to hit the public in the guts."

Marr admits it is a lot of work to get the message of the seals' fate out to Canadians and their group has to try to be innovative and come up with something new all the time.

For more information on the Funeral Motorcade for the Seals, please telephone 1-866-822-1169.

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