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An 8-Year-Old’s Plea to Stephen Harper

Written by PETA | February 19, 2010

E-mail, text, and BBM all you want, but sometimes there’s nothing quite as powerful as an old-school letter. Our proof: This 8-year-old’s plea to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to do something that makes a difference for animals (like ending the seal slaughter!) is enough to restore anyone’s faith in snail mail. Click on the letter to read the whole thing:


Letter to Stephen Harper


Inspired to write your own missive to Harper? Do it write away!

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • metalheadbabin says:

    How can even the Govt. take so much time in stopping this menace by passing a law??!!…This should be treated as a top priority….

  • Laura Kneeshaw says:

    My goal till the end of this year is to write over 50 hand writing letters to Sir Stephen Harper about making a law to stop seal slaughter.

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  • brenda says:

    I wish all kids could be lovable to animals like this kid. Thanks to his Parents that thought him to love animals.

  • Samara says:

    PLEASE PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS CHILD!!!! While we cant all become politicians we need the governments to do their part and protect these adorable seals. THEY ARE NOT FOR US TO KILL TORTURE AND ABUSE!!!! The killing needs to stop. How would we like it if animals took over the planet for the day and round up humans slaughtered them seperated mothers from their babies to murder and scare??? Animals deserve to live peacefully on their land free from harm and abuse We SHARE the planet we dont own it!!!!

  • THOM MILLER says:

    Young children will take over where we left off with our information and opening the worlds eyes about this useless seal slaughter they will have the power to change Gov’t.

  • lesley says:

    “Out of the mouths of babes” children are much wiser then we give them credit for sometimes. Many of them have more common sense then adults do!!

  • Andre Inglis says:

    Never underestimate you abiltity to make a difference. As Caeleign shows us we are all capable of writing letters and taking action. We are right behind you Caeleign. Please know that you are a hero for what you do. Anyone who likes what Caeleign has said please take action. You RULE Caeleign!!! D

  • louis says:

    Good parents and good schools educate good children with good ideas. Who ever gave this child these thoughts is ambitious to make our earth better. Many hands make light work! Go Harper! Go Peta!

  • Erin says:

    This is proof that no matter how young you are you can make a difference. It also shows that no matter how educated you are a few heartfelt words can change the way people view the world. Absolutley wonderful.

  • Jay says:

    The environment to save is the most important thought it’s a kid who reminds us! Clean the air and the water stop to poison the ground and nobody is able to rebuild the lost rain forest!

  • Judy Bederman says:

    Caeleigh You so perfectly stated what I feel and I want to thank you for your wonderful and poignant letter and for your courage. Even though I think of myself as a pretty good environmentalist your letter opened my eyes that I must do more to help save our species and our air and our water and our earth. Caeleigh you are amazing and so special and I hope there’s a healthy planet in your future.

  • claire lloyd says:

    WOW! THIS KID IS SO INSPIRING!. For sure she is destined for big things!. This is brilliant god bless her.If only most adults were so aware of species extinction and habitat destruction and global warming.

  • Marnie says:

    What a heartbreaking letter. Ice bears or seals… all of them need to be protected. It’s good to remember that nothing works without saving the environment. If it’s clear water or fresh air we really have to combine all of it. And all of us have to do their best against global warming or water pollution or try to avoid garbage… and I hope this letter helps to save the woods generally. Poor rainforest what are humans doing there… I hope many polititians get many letters like this perfect one. Hats off! Polititians have the might to move something and this is what they should keep in mind. Save our nature save this planet for the next generations. And it’s better than a few years ago with every letter they got maybe a little bit better… Good work I think polititians really began to work on it. Believe in humans Caeleigh they are better than you think and mostly only have to begin to think about what they do… maybe it takes a while. And also good to remind us You can not eat money…

  • Gretchen Vogel says:

    I want to thank you for writing this beautiful heartfelt letter. I’ve got tears in my eyes because you write the truth and it is so sad. The environment we live in is definitely in trouble and we absolutely deserve to live in a safe healthy place. I worry for our animal’s safety and well being too. I am motivated to write my own letter now. Thank you again for your bravery and courage in writing and sending this letter! o

  • david says:

    Great letter. But I agree with Jane…where does it mention the seal slaughter?

  • Gail Otis says:

    My hat is off to Caeleigh Nelson! This letter is firm clear passionate and polite. I can only hope that Caeleigh is a leader of the future because none of our current leaders seem to get it the way this 8 year old does. Thanks Caeleigh!

  • kattiep says:

    i love how kids get things that adults are too selfish to understand. Bravo!

  • Jane says:

    It is indeed an extremely well written letter but where does it mention seals? I missed that bit.

  • Rad_Rosa89 says:

    Wow what a letter! This kid is talking about the stuff that adluts don’t want to talk about. Amazing!

  • mila says:

    hahaha ya this kid is genious im in 7th grade and wont write4pages of anything hahaha this kid is smarter than 80of adults i know

  • Aneliese says:

    Awesome job! My letter to our prime minister wasn’t as great!

  • moo.lennon. says:

    wow. im speechless.this child is just 8 im 13 and i feel powerless.this child made me realize that a paperrecycled! and a pencil have a very important role.when you put your mind into it you can do it!now let me go write my letter.goodbye.

  • Andre Inglis says:

    This generations activists will are more informed then ever. And with their help we will overcome animal exploitation. Excellent work Caeleign! You are a great example for children everywhere. Please keep up your great work. You’re dream will come true.

  • Lily says:

    This kid is brilliant! I want to meet him.. we would get along great! He’s so intelligent…

  • Jessica says:

    I am humbled by this childs abiltiy to be both kind and frank. I often flail and beat my fists to no avail and with a few heartfelt words this child has done so much more. Caelegh Nelson you make me proud to be a human being.

  • Mike says:

    Funny this kid is smarter than 99 of adults that I know. Bravo Caeleigh.

  • FS says:

    “Thriving”? Wow. I wish kids in the U.S. were as smart as this kid!

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