Sally the Seal's Visit to Nova Scotia a Success
What a great day Sally the Seal had at I LOVE NOVA SCOTIA DAY! Click here to see all of the photos.
Sally attended the afternoon festivities with IFAW and the Atlantic Canadian Anti-Sealing Coalition, to celebrate her love for Nova Scotia and deliver a special valentine to Premier Darrell Dexter.
Sally had spent all morning lovingly creating her valentine with the message: "Roses are red, Violets are blue, Grey seals love Nova Scotia, Won't you love us too?"
Unfortunately the Premier rejected Sally's love, forcing her to chase him down Barrington Street before literally running into a building to escape her advances.
Undiscouraged, Sally made her way up to the Premier's office, where yet again her attempts to deliver the valentine were rejected.
Heartbroken, she returned to the street, where she was immediately mobbed by a throng of Haligonians who showered her with love and affection. Already feeling recovering from her rejection, Sally looked up to see
The Honourable Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, who was also kind and gave her a warm hug.
We weren't sure how Sally would be received here in Atlantic Canada. Even though she was spreading a message of Valentine love and celebration, we were worried that some people here might not welcome her presence with open arms. But aside from the few odd looks we got, exactly the opposite seemed to be true. Hundreds of people approached us to let us know that they loved seals too, and asking to have their photo taken with Sally. Nova Scotia is where the world's largest population of grey seals calls home, and people here clearly share our love for these animals.
Unfortunately, a commercial hunt for grey seals could open in Nova Scotia waters this very week - right in the middle of the Canada Winter Games. Allowing such a slaughter to proceed in the wake of today's outpouring of seal love almost seems unthinkable, but it could happen. All so that a handful of fishermen can earn $15 each for the skins of the pups, just weeks old and barely finished nursing.
Please help IFAW to sent a Valentines message for seals. Let the Government of Nova Scotia know that you love seals too, and want them to be protected, not slaughtered.
For more information on how you can take action, visit http://bit.ly/IFAWGreySealAction