Unfortunately, it looks like the savage Canadian commercial seal slaughter will go ahead again this year, so the Vancouver Island Animal Defense League has declared March, 2011, Harp Seal Action Month in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Virtually every member of parliament is complicit in this evil “hunt” so on Thursday, March 3, 2011, animal lovers will be heading to both Jean Crowder’s and James Lunney’s offices for rallies in support of the protection of harp seals. Canadians are sick and tired of our government ignoring our opposition to this atrocity and our members of parliament need to hear about it! The rally will be from noon to 1 pm at Jean Crowder’s office, 77 Victoria Crescent (opposite the Salvation Army), Nanaimo, and from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm at James Lunney’s office, 6894 Island Highway North (opposite Canadian Tire), Nanaimo. Activists are asked to bring posters if they have any and to be on time as these demos will be fast moving events.
On the morning of Saturday, March 19, 2011, animal lovers will converge on the entrance to the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal in Nanaimo. The ferries from West Vancouver arrive in Nanaimo at 10:10 am and 12:10 pm and leave at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. Thus the group will be on the street at the traffic lights on the corner of Brechin Road and Stewart Avenue in front of the terminal in two shifts, from 10 to 10:30 am and from noon to 12:30 pm to catch most of the cars coming and going. Participants need only commit to being there for 30 minutes to do one shift. Those willing to do two shifts can retire to a nearby pub from 10:30 am to noon. Free parking is available all along the harbour side of Stewart Avenue. Please set aside some time on March 3 and 19 for these symbolic actions.