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The Magic of this Inauguration

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20 January 2009, 7:42 AM

Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen is blogging from Washington, D.C., where he is attending the inauguration of Barack Obama and events surrounding the inauguration.

This inauguration coincides with the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's 80th birthday, and the connections between his work and vision and the election of Obama are everywhere: an opening ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial where the "I Have a Dream" speech was given in 1963; the "We are One" theme of the opening ceremony, people of all kinds from all over the country.

Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal wrote:

A long-oppressed people have raised up a president. It is moving and beautiful and speaks to the unending magic and sense of justice of our country.

Magic ... there is no better word for what is going on.

Right now, one of the most savage, brutal crimes against animals is occurring in Canada. Every year, hundreds of thousands of seals are slaughtered for their fur. No matter how the Canadian government tries to rationalize the carnage, it is done for only one reason--profit.
This MUST stop. Those who only care about getting away with the slaughter claim that they are not doing anything wrong. They say it is legal. They are correct. That must be changed. All the letters and e-mails and protests and money in the world will not work as long as the law permits the carnage. If there is anything that cries out for justice, it is Canada's seal hunt.
Earth Justice lawyers and supporters must do whatever it takes to stop it. Time is running out for the seals. Whether it takes a law suit, a boycott of Canadian goods or getting physically between the killers and the seals, it must be done--and soon. Please stop the carnage now.
Thank you.
Laurie B. Oliver

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