Posts Tagged ‘ban it?’


March 27, 2009

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?


August 12, 2008

Dozens of women in Vancouver flooded into a shopping mall, lifted their shirts, unsnapped their maternity bras, and latched their babies onto their breasts for a public “nurse-in.”

The women were protesting after a Vancouver mother was asked to retreat to a dressing room to nurse her baby.

The incident is just another flare-up in the tension between mothers who breastfeed in the open, and public squeamishness about the sight.

Another Vancouver woman, breastfeeing on a plane, had a blanket thrown over her by a flight attendant. The attendant explained that some of the public, particularly men, find the sight of a bare breast quite offensive.

One Vancouver woman was ambivalent: “I know its natural. There are a lot of natural things in life but we don’t have to air them publicly. If it’s discreet I don’t care. But some people find it embarrassing to find somebody’s breast exposed.

Do you find public breastfeeding embarrassing?

Should the practice be banned?