SARANAC LAKE -On Thursday, April 4 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 killing of baby harp seals in Canada.
Flanagan 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, Flanagan began his campaign.
As of July 2012, Martin had raised more than $8,000 to help stop the seal hunt. He has been spotlighted as a Humane Heroe through the Humane Society of the United States 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, Flanagan will lobby at New York Humane Lobby Day's, ornaments, keychains, magnets and figurines for $1 to $4 each - with all the money going to the Humane Society of the United States for the Protect Seals Campaign.
So far, he has earned more than $10,000 in money from the products.
For more information, you can check out the the Humane Society website at www.hsus.org.
Flanagan 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, call 518-891-7117.