Hey there! This is Marjorie, Harp Seals DFW’s webmaster and marketing/PR person. I’m so sorry that the site hasn’t been updated in a few weeks, but we’ve been busy organizing summer events and plotting strategy.
I did want to send a quick shout-out to the wonderful kids who are currently participating in the American Indian Education Program summer camp, courtesy of the Dallas Independent School District! Their teacher, Tracy Palmer, very graciously invited us to present a brief program at the camp about the harp seal campaign and what the kids can do to help stop the killings, so I took this morning off and high-tailed it over to their Oak Cliff campus.
The camp is an opportunity for Native American children to learn more about their culture and heritage as descendants of the various American Indian tribes. It’s not an especially long camp program — just two weeks, Tracy lamented during our conversation today — so Tracy and her dedicated team of educators work especially hard to instill pride and respect for Native traditions.
Tracy is particularly devoted to the global issues that affect Native American culture, including those that affect the lives and welfare of animals. The harp seal campaign appealed to her because she knew of its connection to the culture of Alaskan and North Atlantic Native tribes, so I was able to explain to the kids how the Native practice of using all the parts of a slaughtered animal — whether the animal is a seal, buffalo, or any other living creature — differs mightily from the senseless killing now underway in Canada, in which fishermen kill harp seal pups solely for their fur and leave thousands upon thousands of their bloody, bludgeoned carcasses on the ice.
It was a very moving and eye-opening experience for me to be a part of the class, however briefly today, especially when quite a few of the younger kids — and even a few older ones! — came up to me after the class and asked for a hug. I hadn’t taught a class since I worked as an English teacher in Japan right out of college 16 (!!) years ago, but it was a wonderful opportunity for us to spread the word about the campaign and to encourage the younger generation to respect and protect all living beings.
Want us to come to your class or youth group to talk about the harp seal campaign, its history, present activities, and future? Just drop us a line and let us know! We have a Powerpoint presentation that we can tailor to your students’ interests and age group as well as some handouts with information about the campaign.