On Thursday, April 4th at 7:30 p.m., Saranac Village will host Martin Welych-Flanagan as he speaks on his campaign, Save the Seals. Martin is a 12-year-old boy from Syracuse who is trying to stop the cruel slaughter of baby harp seals in Canada.
Martin first became intrigued by seals in preschool after falling for a stuffed baby harp seal. Years later while viewing his now favorite animal, his Mother, Anita, covered his eyes as images of Canada’s annual seal hunt were viewed on the TV screen. From there, Martin began his campaign.
As of July 2012, Martin had raised more than $8,000 to help stop the seal hunt. Martin has been spotlighted as a Humane Heroe through the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and has won the grand prize in Disney’s, “The Littlest Volunteer” contest winning an award of $5,000. He has petitioned the Canadian Prime Minister, visited US Rep. Dan Maffei, D-NY to discuss the International Whale Conversation and Protection Act and presented at Cazenovia College and a HSUS meeting in Syracuse. In April, Martin will lobby at New York Humane Lobby Day.
Martin will be selling bracelets for $1 each with all proceeds going to the Save the Seals Campaign. This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call (518) 891-7117.