Music Icon Sings for Seals

Published by PETA.

What was the grooviest thing about having hippie parents? Growing up listening to Donovan. Seriously, my mother almost named me “Jennifer Juniper.” Instead she went for something more mainstream—Skylark.

And I’m sure he hears it all the time, but I’m not exaggerating when I say that I’m Donovan’s biggest fan. Star-struck? Yes, consider me struck. What’s even more striking is that this folk/pop legend lent his anti–seal slaughter anthem “Celia of the Seals” to this heart-wrenching new video:



Here’s what the “Sunshine Superman” had to say about his song and putting an end to the war on baby seals:

“I wrote this song to show what’s going on. And the song is influenced by Celia Hammond, the great 60s model who is such a Green Goddess for all the creatures of the Earth. Shortly after I released ‘Celia of the Seals’ back in the 70s, I was glad to see a reduced demand for seal products worldwide. It’s now disappointing to see that the Canadian government is doing everything it can to prop up this dying, violent industry, including challenging the EU’s recent compassionate decision to ban seal pelts. Instead of trying to salvage this cruel slaughter, the government should listen to the court of public opinion and ban the massacre on ice.”

Celia of the Seals, we know just how you feel. So for the love of Donovan, help us get the word out by showing this video to everyone you know!

Written by Amy Skylark Elizabeth

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