An evening to celebrate many aspects of the sealing industry was held in St. John’s May 5th at Rocket Bakery on Water Street, that included a film, craft making with sealskin with Clare Fowler, and cuisine and by all accounts it was a huge success. Jim Winter also gave a talk on the history of protesters and animal rights campaigns and the effect the EU ban has had on the industry, Dr. Latonia Hartery spoke on the importance of seals over thousands of years in NLs history, David Benson read a selection of sealing poems, and hunter Leo Hearne discussed this years hunt. Seal facts and folklore and the music of AE Bridger were also present.
Promoter Felicity Roberts put together the event as part of Obscura Day, the international celebrations being held on May 6th by Brooklyn based travel website Atlas Obscura.
More information can be found on Felicity’s Facebook page
Below is a radio interview she had with the local CBC Morning Show