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LHS student to hold can and bottle drive for IFAW

Baby harp seals like this one are often victims of the commercial seal hunt in Canada. This weekend, LHS senior Kerry Bartholomae is holding a can and bottle drive to raise awareness and funds for IFAW, an organization that seeks to end the barbaric practice.

Baby harp seals like this one are often victims of the commercial seal hunt in Canada. This weekend, LHS senior Kerry Bartholomae is holding a can and bottle drive to raise awareness and funds for IFAW, an organization that seeks to end the barbaric practice.

— Save your cans and bottles for a good cause.

This weekend, Oct. 5 and 6, Liverpool High School senior Kerry Bartholomae and several of her classmates will be conducting a drive for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), one of the largest animal welfare and conservation charities in the world. One of its most well-publicized efforts is an attempt to end the Canadian seal hunt, which has been ongoing since its founding more than 40 years ago.

“About 300,000 baby seals are clubbed to death each year,” Bartholomae said. “I feel not enough people know about the cruelty Canadians inflict on the seals. I read about it online when I was about 14, and I was horrified.”

Bartholomae, who is the vice president of the National Honor Society, said she has wanted to take action to raise awareness since then. Now she feels she’s in a position to do so.

The drive will take place throughout the day on both Oct. 5 and 6. Though the group is made up of NHS members, the drive is not an NHS-sponsored activity. The group, which numbers about 10 so far, will be collecting in Pinegate North and South and Fairway East, as well as businesses along Route 31. They’ve also secured a donation from the Syracuse law firm Marris and Bartholomae; anyone interested in making a monetary donation can contact Bartholomae at kerrybarth@gmail.com or 727-0970. Donations can also be mailed to 8431 Sugar Pine Circle, Liverpool, NY 13090. All proceeds will go to IFAW.

IFAW was founded in 1969 as part of an effort to stop the hunt for seals, an effort that led to a ban on the imports of whitecoat harp seals and blueback hooded seals in Europe in the 1980s. However, in the late 1990s, the Canadian government actually stepped up its promotion of the slaughter of harp seals.

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