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June 5, 2009

Nigel Barker's Harp Seal Nursery Photographs on Exhibit at United Nations

The Humane Society of the United States

Nigel Barker, world-renowned photographer and judge on "America's Next Top Model," will exhibit photographs that provide an intimate look at the lives of baby harp seals targeted by the annual Canadian commercial seal hunt, in an exhibition titled "Shared Destiny: Wildlife from Africa to the Arctic." The exhibit runs from Friday, June 5 through Sunday, July 12 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day at The United Nations, located on 1st Avenue between 45th Street and 46th Street. Barker took the images in 2008 when he joined The Humane Society of the United States' ProtectSeals team days before the hunt was set to begin and again during the seal kill.

"We live in a beautiful world that is often sadly treated with contempt. I believe we owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to do all we can to protect, preserve and respect our planet. No one nation, state nor individual should have the right to brutalize the fauna or exploit the flora. Of course, most countries are guilty of such indiscretions but as individuals we have the power to stand up and do the right thing," Barker says.

Through this exhibit, which also displays the work of photographer Luo Hong, Barker hopes to educate the public about the brutal seal hunt, the largest slaughter of marine mammals on the planet, and increase appreciation for these creatures. His photographs from the seal nursery capture the beauty and innocence of being on the ice with these gentle animals.

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