Video of the MOTORCADE FOR THE SEALS, Vancouver-to-Squamish, Mar. 26, 2011


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For more pictures and written comment, please see the previous blog. Here is the video of the Motorcade, footage taken by Amanda Daniell, put together by Anthony Marr

http://vimeo.com/21719271

MOTORCADE FOR THE SEALS, Mar. 26, Sat., Vancouver-to-Squamish BC from Anthony Marr on Vimeo.

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
Anthony-Marr@HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.facebook.com/Anthony.Marr.001
http://www.facebook.com/Global_Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.myspace.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.youtube.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.myspace.com/Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.ARConference.org
206-259-9679

The Motorcade for the Seals, Vancouver-to-Squamish, March 26, 2011


The Motorcade for the Seals,
Vancouver-Squamish
March 26, 2011.

The driving/riding distance of 64km is about one-sixth of the 360km single file of 360,000 dead baby seals along any highway.

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My twin flags say, “NO SEAL HUNT”.

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Young Sophie Seal, daughter of Ericka Ceballos, founder of CATCA, co-organizer of event.

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My “brother” Bruce Foerster, with whom I went to Japan in 2005 to perform an undercover operation in Shimonoseki where the Antarctic whaling fleet assembles before embarking to the killing sea. Bruce saved my ass at least once while I was in Japan, without which I might still be there.

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Notice the bright sunshine? The weatherman predicted rain! Good thing I promised to ride my motorcycle rain or shine. So now it’s shine. The Rain God seems to try to intimidate me, but once I said “Make my day”, my day was made.

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The Green Hornet (Mazda MX6) and the Turquoise Kat (Suzuki Katana GSXF600) in their glory. Too bad I had to leave the Blue Ninja at home. Couldn’t find anyone who would dare to ride him.

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I love everyone who came.

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At this point, I did not realize that I had left the headlight on.

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I would not have looked so relaxed had I known.

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Chatting with my dear FB friend Bernadette Keenan, who showed up on her bicycle.

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Thrilled to meet Sandra Mostrey, who has contributed many comments to my FB wall.

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All the beautiful people. I may not be one, but you can see that even my hair band is color-coordinated! 🙂

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Great banners, but they may or may not work, given the oft-demonstrated illiteracy of the pro-hunting government in anything involving compassion.

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The best people in Vancouver on this meaningful day.

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A second pic to prove that these are real people, not cardboard cut-outs. I am 3D, I assure you, since in addition to height and width, I’ve been told that I have a measurable amount of depth.

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When the shit hit the fan. The troop is ready to move, but when I press on the starter button of the Turquoise Kat, not even a meow came out, much less a roar. Here, Bruce, Bernadette and Dora are helping me push the 480-pound beast up an incline, for me to jump-start him down hill. It worked, but in doing so, I momentarily lost my balance and almost dumped the bike. With “super-human” strength, I righted him from 30 degrees off vertical (a lot for a heavy bike), but in doing so, I disabled my left arm for half an hour.

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Young Sophie Seal bestowing peace upon humans while she waits.

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Denise McFarlane who drove the “video car”.

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Lovely unnamed lady. Please message me your name and I will place it here.

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Sandra Mostrey and friend (name please).

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Charlene Sjoberg and Erica Thompson.

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The troop was ready, but my left arm was out of commission.

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Thank goodness for patient people.

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At long last, with left arm barely working, I lead the troop on to the road.

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The Green Hornet being graciously driven by my dear FB friend Sonia Fey. Note media photographer on left.

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Waiting at Lost Lagoon, Stanley Park, for stragglers. 🙂

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Waiting near the entrance to the Lions Gate Bridge, for cars that took the wrong turn! 🙂

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Getting on to the Lions Gate Bridge. It being a sunny weekend day, the traffic was moderate to heavy. We wish our message to be seen, and we were seen – by lots of people along our route.

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Finally!

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Sea-to-Sky Highway, here we come!

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Sea, sky, and snow-covered mountains at every turn. Reminder: THE LINE OF DEAD BABY SEALS ALONG THE HIGHWAY.

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A brief pit stop in Britannia Beach at the 20-dolphins-out-of-a-single-log statue.

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The Turquoise Kat – a roaring feline with a mission.

The following pictures by Amanda Daniel.

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The Kat on a mission.

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Flying along the line of dead baby seals along the highway.

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Mission for Nature amidst natural beauty.

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Re-reminder: THE LINE OF DEAD BABY SEALS ALONG THE HIGHWAY!

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NO SEAL HUNT!!!

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I repeat: NO SEAL HUNT!!!!!!

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In Squamish, split-second before impact. Just kidding.

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Let this picture be my forever declaration against hunting of any kind. Eat my dust, cowards!

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Lunch in Squamish with my dear friends Amanda Daniel, Ericka Ceballos and Denise McFarlane, Sandra Mostrey, Bruce and other wonderful ladies (names please). The flag is full blown as if the bike were moving at 100 mph. This what I call “Written in the wind.”

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Back on the highway, this time it is “Sky-to-Sea”.

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Until next time, so long everybody! Re-re-reminder: REMEMBER THE LINE OF DEAD BABY SEALS ALONG THE HIGHWAY!

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Homeward bound, on my red wings and a prayer.

MOTORCADE FOR THE SEALS, Mar. 26, Sat., Vancouver-to-Squamish BC from Anthony Marr on Vimeo.

With even greater appreciation for those came, I have to say that before the demo, I had posed the question: “Some weeks ago, on the 100-slain-sled-dogs issue, 300+ people braved inclement weather to come out for the demo. How many will come out for 360,000 baby seals?” Implying much fewer, and it was. Why, I will never understand.

Please comment at will.

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
Anthony-Marr@HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.facebook.com/Anthony.Marr.001
http://www.facebook.com/Global_Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.myspace.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.youtube.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.myspace.com/Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.ARConference.org
206-259-9679

THE CITY OF ILLUSION – 3 versions


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(Creationism vs Evolution)

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(Animal Rights)

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(Global Warming)

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
Anthony-Marr@HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.facebook.com/Anthony.Marr.001
http://www.facebook.com/Global_Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.myspace.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.youtube.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.myspace.com/Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.ARConference.org
206-259-9679

30 future ex-glaciers we have known


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Global Warming Denial is all about Big Oil and King Coal, which to oil and coal tycoons means Big Money, and to corrupt politicians means Big Power (and big money). EXXON alone has spent $225 million on its own Global Warming Denial campaign, which has contributed to splitting Americans 50/50, whereas in Europe it is more like 95/5, the 5% being all George W. Bush fans. To the rest of us, and our children, and all life on Earth, it will be a Big Catastrophe like you won’t believe, including global droughts, famines (if you think that the current “rising food prices” is bad) and mass extinction. I don’t think I need to say much in this blog. I’ll let the global warming deniers argue with Mother Nature herself.

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(Mt. Kilimanjaro, 1997-2000)

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(Mt. Matterhorn)

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(Mt. Matterhorn)

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(Upsala Glacier)

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(Huaraz Glacier)

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(McCall Glacier)

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(Qori Kalis Glacier)

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(McCall Glacier)

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(Greenland, the greatest of them all in the Northern Hemisphere)

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(Greenland melt)

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(Arctic Sea Ice, 1979-2007)

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
Anthony-Marr@HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.facebook.com/Anthony.Marr.001
http://www.facebook.com/Global_Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.myspace.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.youtube.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.myspace.com/Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.ARConference.org
206-259-9679

Media Release: MOTORCADE FOR THE SEALS, Mar. 26, Sat., Vancouver- Whistler


Media Release
for immediate release

MOTORCADE FOR THE SEALS
March 26, Sat.,
10:00 assemble in the scenic water-front parking lot on Beach & Bute
in English Bay, downtown Vancouver
10:30 vehicle decoration and media reception
11:00 departure from Vancouver/ 12:00 media reception in Squamish
13:00 (1pm) media reception in Lot 8, Whistler

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As we speak, east coast sealers are again clubbing 2-weeks-old baby seals, to the tune of about 360,000. While Newfoundlanders by and large support the “hunt”, we Westcoasters by and large oppose it. This events represents the voice of the West.

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(a few hundred out of 360,000)

360,000 is for the intellectual left brain. The emotional right brain needs a vision, and here it is.

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On March 26, Saturday, long time Vancouver wildlife preservationist Anthony Marr, the “Champion of the Bengal Tiger” (1999) of the award-winning TV documentary series [Champions of the Wild],

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winner of the prestigious [Henry Spira Grassroots Activist Award] at the Animal Rights National Conference in Washington DC (2010 – http://www.ARConference.org),

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and founder/president of Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE – http://www.HOPE-CARE.org) and the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC – http://www.facebook.com/Global_Anti-Hunting_Coalition),

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in partnership with CATCA, will lead the MOTORCADE FOR THE SEALS on his motorcycle from Vancouver to Whistler – to make a point, a big point.

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(380km/240mi Houston-Dallas motorcade)

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(Full 4-TV-station coverage)

The Vancouver-Whistler driving distance is 120km/75mi, which is 1/3 of 360km/225mi, which in turn is the length of a single file of baby-seal carcasses (at 1m each) lined-up along any highway, including that leading to Kamloops (355km/220mi).

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The US and the EU have both banned Canadian seal products.

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(first time to see seals born on rock or in water, not on ice)

The Harp seal as a species, along the the Polar bear, Arctic fox, etc., are all seriously threatened by global warming. We don’t need medieval killers to club them on top of this. A couple of years back, there was no sea ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, causing the immediate drowning death of 70,000 new born seals. And how did the Canadian government react to this? It INCREASED the kill quota by about 70,000. Figure this out.

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(Killing baby in front of mother, unacceptable for any culture)

For more info and pre-interview, please contact:

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
Anthony-Marr@HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.facebook.com/Anthony.Marr.001
http://www.facebook.com/Global_Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.myspace.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.youtube.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.myspace.com/Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.ARConference.org
206-259-9679 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              206-259-9679      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Re-integrate fragmented wildlife habitat by overpasses and underpasses


Major highways and especially interstate freeways are fragmenters of wildlife habit, decimaters of home-ranges, and barriers to natural migration. An interstate freeway through grizzly bear habitat, for example, constitutes a “grizzly dam”, which could more than half the population. The creation of wildlife corridors can weave a shredded fabric back together again.

http://www.mountainnature.com/articles/CrossingStructures.htm

Overpasses:

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Underpasses:

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Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
Anthony-Marr@HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.facebook.com/Anthony.Marr.001
http://www.facebook.com/Global_Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.myspace.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.youtube.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.myspace.com/Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.ARConference.org

Join the Seal Motorcade, Vancouver, Mar. 26, Sat.


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Join the Seal Motorcade Mar. 26, Sat., Vancouver – the Voice of the West!
by Anthony Marr on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 9:19am

MOTORCADE FOR THE SEALS

by Ericka Ceballos on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 6:40pm

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Motorcade for The Seals
March 26, Saturday, 10:00AM, assemble at the water-front parking lot on Beach and Bute in English Bay, downtown Vancouver (2 blocks west of the Burrard Bridge)

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This year for the Annual Anti-Sealing Day, CATCA is delighted to joined force with HOPE-CARE and it’s Founder/President, our colleague Anthony Marr, whom we all admire and respect very much in BC for his well known animal advocacy work around the world, and who was honored with the “Best All-Around Activist Award” by Negotiation Is Over (NIH) in January 2010, and the “Henry Spira Grassroots Activist Award” by Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) at the 2010 Animal Rights National Conference in Washington DC.

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He is the only Canadian activist so honored since the birth of the AR movement.

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On March 12th (Saturday), we will gather at 10:00AM in the scenic water-front parking lot on Beach and Bute in English Bay, downtown Vancouver, for a unique media event called the Motorcade for The Seals.

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“Tell someone that 360,000 baby seals are being killed this year, his left brain will shelf it under ‘big number’, and his right brain doesn’t quite get to see it at all, and his emotion does not get involved,” says Anthony. “But if you could find some way to show his right brain the scale of the carnage, he would likely take action. At about one meter per baby seal, a single file of 360,000 dead baby seals laid out along a highway will stretch 360km/223mi. You will have drive at highway speeds for 3 hours to go from one end of it to the other. People often stop in their tracks and look stunned.”

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So, how do we show this vision to the public? Via media, of course. “We all know that a demo without media coverage ‘did not happen’,” says Anthony Marr. “What media want is not as much information but drama. It is more how a message is delivered than the message itself. Media wants something new, either in the message, or in the delivery, preferably both. But something new is new only once. So we have to invent a new way every time.”

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The idea of the motorcade was conceived by Anthony Marr for his Compassion for Animals Road Expeditions (CARE-tours, of which there has been 7 since 2003, each covering 25-44 states in 3-7 months), and has been proven extremely effective as a media tool. A memorable one, involving about a dozen cars, was from Houston to Dallas, Texas, driving distance 385km/239mi, about the length of a single file of 360,000 dead baby seals, at 1 meter each, laid out along the highway. All 4 Houston TV stations showed up, plus newspapers of both Houston and Dallas. Overnight, Texans by the hundreds of thousands who knew nothing about the Canadian seal massacre learned something shocking about it, and took actions to oppose it.

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[Houston to Dallas motorcade – 380km/240mi – 4 TV stations]

Although he has done many motorcades before in the US, he has never done one in his own hometown Vancouver. So now, it is Vancouver’s turn.

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[San Diego to Los Angeles motorcade]

The people in Victoria and Nanaimo have observed that Vancouver events are not as well attended on a per capita basis as the Victoria and Nanaimo events, and it is by and large true. This is the one and only Motorcade for The Seals to be done in Vancouver, so let’s make it a big success!

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We will ask media to show up around 10:30 AM. It is then we will be decorating the cars and motorcycles with posters and ribbons. The TV cameras will be going around zooming into the posters being taped on to car doors, and reporters will be randomly interviewing participants. At 11:00 AM, Anthony Marr will lead the procession on his motorcycle from downtown Vancouver via the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Squamish and Whistler, where local media will be covering the arrivals.

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The driving distance from Vancouver to Squamish is 64 km/40mi, and the whole distance to Whistler is 120 km/75mi (respectively about 1/5 to 1/3 the whole length of the 360km seal line).

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We hope that you will able to go all the way to Whistler for a good arrival show. Even if not, please join in the departure from Vancouver for a good TV departure presentation. After that, you can go as far as you want – Horseshoe Bay, Lions Bay, Britania Beach, Squamish, Whistler. At Whistler, we will have lunch, then go our individual ways.

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Those without cars please come for the media coverage anyway to make the assembly for TV as big as possible. (Recalled the Ambleside Park dog demo? If we would do it for 100 dogs, why wouldn’t we do it for 360,000 baby seals?). You could then go with those with cars, or perhaps hold your own foot demo after the motorcade has departed.

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WE NEED PEOPLE TO COME TO JOIN AND SUPPORT THIS MOTORCADE FOR THE SEALS, so we need drivers with cars and motorbikes. Interested?

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Contact us ASAP if you can join us for this Motorcade. You can reach us here: Anthony-Marr@HOPE-CARE.org or ericka@catcahelpanimals.org

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Hope you will join us in this important event towards ending the Canadian seal massacre.

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To see Anthony Marr’s work:

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
Anthony-Marr@HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.facebook.com/Anthony.Marr.001
http://www.facebook.com/Global_Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.myspace.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.youtube.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.myspace.com/Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.ARConference.org
206-259-9679