SHOULD THE SEAL HUNT BE STOPPED?

Canada’s seal hunt — the largest in the world – began this week.  The allowable catch is 280,000 harp seals from a herd of  5.5 million.

Some  observers say the days of the hunt are numbered because internati0nal opposition to the killing of seals is growing.  The European Union has branded the hunting of seals as “inherently inhumane”  and has introduced a bill that would ban the import of seal products to the 27-member union.

Naturally the French actress, Brigitte Bardot, has again weighed in:  “They strike these little animals.  They can’t escape.  There is nowhere to hide.  You know, it’s disgusting.  I’ve seen it, and it really makes you sick.”

Sealing is a significant source of income in many small, isolated communities throughout Atlantic Canada, Quebec and the North.

If there were not a managed seal hunt, how would the herds be culled?

Bloggers are onto the case:

Paul writes: “How can it be called a seal ‘hunt’ when baby seals are bludgeoned to death with a stick?  This is a brutal ‘kill’ for the sake of a fur coat that fewer and fewer people want.”

Hans:  “This is not a brutal ‘kill’.  You should check out a slaughter house where cows, pigs etc. are processed.  You will never eat a hot dog again.”

NB: “Canada is very arrogant.  These pelts will not sell for more than a buck because nobody wants them. We are right up there with China as far as the way we brutalize animals.  Shame!”

Should the seal hunt be stopped?

What do you think?

7 Comments »

  1. 1
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Of course, the seal hunt is brutal, disgusting, and inhumane. But the point about slaughterhouses is well taken.

    Add up both the number and poundage of pigs, chickens, lambs, cows, and cattle that are butchered each year and then compare that to the number and poundage of baby harp seals and you’ll realize that the latter is less than a fraction of 1% of the former.

    Not that one bad act justifies another but let’s face it: we’re a meat-eating society and cuteness shouldn’t be the sole criterion upon which species gets our attention and sympathy.

    Besides: if you’re a believer in man-made catastrophic global warming then you should be at the forefront of shutting down the slaughterhouses and becoming a vegetarian because, according to the U.N. climate committee (or whatever it’s called), global-warming-causing gases from livestock far outweigh the damage done from CO2 emitted by all forms of transportation.

    And I don’t think the baby harp seals fart that much.

  2. 2
    SUZANNE Says:

    Bludgeon baby seals: not acceptable

    Dismember unborn babies: acceptable.

    There’s a lack of coherence here.

    I’m reluctant to stop a hunt that puts food on the table.

  3. 3
    Chimera Says:

    “Bludgeon baby seals: not acceptable

    “Dismember unborn babies: acceptable.

    “There’s a lack of coherence here.”

    No. What there is is a lack of understanding that those are two different topics. I’m told by pretty reliable sources that you’re busy trying to find ways to get disparate subjects linked together and call it some kind of serendipity. Something about a plane crash and abortion? I got lost in the convolutions of it.

    “I’m reluctant to stop a hunt that puts food on the table.”

    Now, that’s close to the subject I was going to raise in connection with this seal hunt…

    ..to wit…what, exactly, is being done to market the seal meat? Cute is as cute does; and cute is also in the eye of the beholder, and if people will eat lamb, they’ll eat seal. So why do I not hear or see any evidence of its being marketed? Why (in a time when food prices are rising, and people are going hungry because they can’t afford to spend money they don’t have because the jobs are also gone) are we not making the absolute most of a resource like this?

    I object to the seal hunt because of the waste. This year, especially, the hunt is necessary because the natural predator of the seals, the polar bears, are really scarce. A couple weeks ago, I talked to a guy from Aklavik, and he said there are NO polar bears anymore where he lives. None. The melting ice caps and open arctic waters have wiped them out. They’ve all drowned. So the seals are breeding unchecked.

    And that raises multiple problems for the seals. Not only do they not get culled naturally, but they have a limited food supply, themselves. Now they must not only complete with humans that want their fish, but they also have to compete with one another. Death by starvation is only one possibility. The spread of disease is another. Overpopulation is always accompanied by nature’s method of culling growth-out-of-control: communicable disease.

    So the hunt is necessary.

    But the waste is not.

  4. 4
    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    I guess our people’s right to earn a living supersedes Brigitte Bardot’s right to collect dividends from her investment in artificial fur, a petroleum intensive product by the way. Besides all her humanitarian preoccupation for poor animals did prevent her having a neighbour’s donkey neutered, without said neighbours permission, for cavorting with her own precious donkey and making it gravid.

  5. 5
    Chimera Says:

    Paul, BB did what to her neighbor’s donkey? LOL! Oh, man, that broad is loopy… I can understand (and agree with) the push to have cats and dogs neutered, but donkeys don’t tend to breed in litters of four or more at a time in a very short space of time! And even at that, ya doesn’t neuter yer neighbor’s animals without ya asks, first!

  6. 6
    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    Yas’m

  7. 7
    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    BYW, B.B. was condemned to pay damages to the owner and to pay a fine for undue cruelty to animals. She also said, in an interview with Paris-Match that the most digusting thing that happened to her was her pregnancy and that she had never accepted that stranger, her son, who had usurped her body. But she cries for baby seals. There is a cure for that but at her age there is not enough time left.


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