Sparky Coming to Nanaimo

At 1 pm on Saturday, February 13, 2010, the West Coast Anti-Sealing Alliance, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and Vancouver Island Animal Defense League are welcoming “Sparky” – a giant inflatable seal pup – to Nanaimo to raise awareness of Canada’s commercial seal hunt. Sparky has been on a nationwide journey to celebrate the Olympic torch relay, greeting the Olympic torch at major cities all across the country.

The Olympic torch is a symbol of peace, and of bringing communities together. And it is in this spirit that Sparky has traveled across the country, to unite compassionate Canadians sharing our desire to bring an end to the unnecessary slaughter of seal pups for their fur.

The commercial hunt is a brutal, tax-payer subsidized activity that has seriously affected Canada’s image abroad and is responsible for boycotts of Canadian produce and tourism which amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars.

All eyes will be on Canada as the 2010 Olympics take place in Vancouver and Whistler. At the same time, the largest marine mammal slaughter in the world will be set to commence on our East coast. Sparky is taking this opportunity to remind the world that the majority of Canadians are opposed to the inhumane and unnecessary commercial seal slaughter.

Please welcome Sparky to Nanaimo by coming to Maffeo Sutton Park at 1 pm on Saturday, February 13, 2010. You’ll find Sparky the Seal on Spirit Square in Maffeo Sutton Park on the waterfront downtown.

Sheryl Fink, Director of the Canadian Seal Campaign at the International Fund for Animal Welfare, will be there to inform us about the IFAW’s campaign to stop the hunt. Bruce Foerster of the West Coast Anti-Sealing Alliance, Dr. Inge Bolin of Vancouver Island University, Marley Daviduk of the Vancouver Island Animal Defense League, and Ericka Ceballos of the Campaign Against the Cruelty to Animals will also speak.