The Vancouver Island Animal Defence League is calling on Nanaimo residents to join a peaceful protest on the morning of Saturday, March 19, 2011, at the entrance to the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal in Nanaimo. March is Harp Seal Aaction Month in Nanaimo and VIADL strongly objects to the Canadian commercial seal slaughter. Each spring tens of thousands of helpless seal pups aged 12 days to three months are clubbed and skinned on the ice flows off Newfoundland by non-natives. This savage “hunt” is heavily subsidized by Canadian taxpayers. Our government is currently wasting $10 million on a disgraceful World Trade Organization challenge to the European Union’s ban on seal product imports. Virtually all members of the Canadian parliament support this inhumane “hunt” in the hope of attracting a few votes for their party down east.
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. Signs will be provided. 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 Saturday, March 19, for this symbolic action. Join other Nanaimo residents in demanding that this cruel “hunt” be cancelled now, permanently.