Second Life Briefing on the Seal Hunt
Today, we held a virtual public briefing at IFAW’s virtual information center in Second Life to give an update on our Stop the Seal Hunt campaign. This is the second event we have held in Second Life in as many months. A number of people were in attendance including a representative of Lynda Waltho, MP (Labour member for Stourbridge,), who wrote to the British Department of Trade and Industry calling to a ban on the seal hunt and stop the importation of Canadian seal products into the United Kingdom.
Here are a few photos:
We are actively seeking new ways to take our message to people around the world, and engaging the residents of Second Life is yet another way to educate people about animal welfare issues.
Here is the transcript of today's briefing presented by Daisey Meadowbrook, IFAW virtual representative in Second Life:
Welcome to the IFAW 2007 seal hunt debrief. Thank you so much for coming. My name is Daisey Meadowbrook and I’ll be your host. We had a couple of enforcers around, you never know who might show up.
I’m available for questions at any time - send me a friend invite and I’ll be happy to accept and respond both in world and out via IM/email.
There are links to press materials on our Internet campaign site www.stopthesealhunt.org, and in world, including position papers, videos and fact sheets.
The 2007 Seal Hunt Campaign video scheduled to be in this presentation is unavailable, however we do have an example from last year hooked up. Please feel free to view this video after today’s presentation. Additionally you can view all of our current work at YouTube.com/ifawvideo
To date, almost 200,000 seals have been killed. The Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans declared a total allowable catch or TAC at 270,000 for 2007.
During our campaign we have employed both offline and online tactics with the goal of ending the commercial seal hunting industry around the world. Examples of offline tactics include national spots on television, on the ground materials gathering and research and print advertising.
Examples of the online tactics including podcasts, blogs, picture streams and our homepage flash which can all be reached from our stopthesealhunt.org campaign web site.
Since 1969 when IFAW was founded on this issue, the hunt has resumed in large scale due to Canadian government subsidies supporting the markets for seal products.
Canada has allowed nearly a million seals to be killed over the past three years, during the largest marine mammal hunt in the world.
As many seals are killed today as during the 1950s and 60s when the hunt caused the seal population to decline by as much as two thirds.
Today, IFAW still leads the worldwide fight to save harp seals from unsustainable commercial exploitation through monitoring the hunt from the ice, conservation research, political advocacy and public education. We maintain that the core differentiating factor here is cruelty.
Even with cruelty aside, poor ice conditions are now making it very difficult for the harp seal herd to breed and wean their pups successfully.
These conditions were observed in 2007 and if you visit Green.TV and play the video provided on the IFAW channel available there, you’ll see there simply isn’t anywhere for the pups to survive until they are old enough to swim.
For 2007, IFAW revamped its stopthesealhunt.org microsite to offer new ways for activists, supporters and anyone interested in stopping this cruelty to take action.
The site features an interactive Flash element with the goal of driving 300,000 actions to save 300,000 seals.
The site will allow those who take action to become a part of the creative, by posting a picture, voice mail and their name and location…supporters can see how one person can truly make a difference.
We are also launching a truly unique seal hunt debate site for civil discourse on the issues surrounding the hunt. This site will be live by end of week.
Again, if I can be of any further service, please don’t hesitate to call on me. Additionally, IFAW will continue it’s presence here on Progressive Island throughout our campaign year, with the next iteration focused on our upcoming Whale Campaign.
We hope you’ll join us in our space directly behind this venue for some socializing…
Many thanks for your attention…I’m happy to try and answer any questions you may have.