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School kids to spread 'save seal' message

Schoolchildren from across 15 countries will participate in the weeklong event starting October 1.

india Updated: Sep 30, 2006 11:33 IST

More than a million schoolchildren from across 15 countries will participate in a weeklong animal-focused educational event starting October 1 to create mass awareness about saving seals.

The Animal Action Week, organised for the fourth consecutive year by the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) in partnership with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), will focus on the theme "Making Waves for Seals".

In India alone, 500,000 schoolchildren in different parts of the country will be participating.

"The purpose of the themein 2006 is to seek a basic understanding among children about issues - social, moral and political - surrounding the killing of seals," a WTI statement said.

Besides other activities, a 15-minute film on the theme and a painting competition will also be held.

In recent years, seal population has been on the decline due to the widespread hunting of the animal for its body parts.

This is the largest animal-focused educational event organised every year by the IFAW to sensitise children on wildlife.

First Published: Sep 30, 2006 11:33 IST