Friday, March 17, 2006

Hunting Animals and Wearing Fur Are Disgusting. End of Story.

In general, I am a big fan of my Canadian neighbors to the north. But the fact there is a government sanctioned slaughter of over 300,000 baby seals knocks them down a peg or two in my view. Spare me the bullshit argument that the seals have to be killed for "conservation" reasons. I don't buy it. This is about profit. There is no justification for clubbing a baby animal to death or skinning an animal alive. It is a black mark on Canada. Sorry. It just is. Thankfully, Canadian seal products have been banned in America since the 1970s, and Europe since the 80s. I can only hope the rest of the world will soon come around.

I am just as disgusted by hunting in America as I am by this sanctioned slaughter. I want to punch right in the face anybody who says that they are killing a deer or whatever to "help" the population. It is completely false, and every reputable environmental organization dismisses the "we need to kill them to save them" argument. It is blood lust. Hunters enjoy killing. I am thankful that my family does not engage in this horrible tradition, and that I was not raised around it.

Hunters Can Take Up to 325,000 Seal Pups
(SFGate.com) Canada's contentious seal hunt will soon start, the government announced Wednesday, despite protests by Paul McCartney and other animal-rights activists who condemn the killing of the pups as inhumane.
Fisheries and Oceans Minister Loyola Hearn charged that the media have misrepresented the hunt, and said Canada is committed to ensuring the seals are killed by humane methods.

"Canada's harp seal herd is a conservation success story," Hearn said in Ottawa. "We continue our surveillance and monitoring to make sure that Canada's is the most tightly regulated, closely watched and, above all, most humane seal hunt in the world."

Registered sealers will be allowed to kill up to 325,000 pups in the ice floes off the Atlantic when the annual season opens, up from the quota of 320,000 last year, Hearn said.

Aboriginal and Inuit hunters begin the commercial kill in November in Canada's frozen Arctic waters. The spring leg is slated to begin in the Gulf of St. Lawrence next week and move later to an arc about 30 to 40 miles from Newfoundland.

Hearn said Canada's harp seal population is "healthy and thriving" at nearly 6 million, a threefold increase since the 1980s.

McCartney and his wife, Heather Mills McCartney, took to the ice floes in the Gulf of St. Lawrence two weeks ago to frolic with the doe-eyed pups to garner international support to end the hunt. He called the practice a "stain on the character of the Canadian people."

The Humane Society and International Fund for Animal Welfare have posted gruesome videos on their Web sites that show the pups being clubbed to death, some left choking on their own vomit or being skinned alive.
Hearn said these are isolated incidents and federal marine monitors have verified that most of the seal pups that are killed have lost their fluffy white fur as required by law since 1987 and are quickly jabbed through the brain with picks or shot with one quick bullet.

He said fishing communities of Quebec and Newfoundland, whose livelihoods were devastated when the Atlantic cod stocks dried up in the mid-1990s, earn 25 percent to 40 percent of their annual income by selling the seal pelts and blubber for about $70 each.

The pelts used in the fashion industry are mostly sold to Norway, China and Russia. The United States has banned Canadian seal products since 1972 and the European Union banned white baby seal pelts in 1983.
Last spring marked the final season for a three-year federal plan that allowed sealers to take 975,000 seals — most of them harp seals between 12 days and 3 months old.

4 comments:

wayne said...

QUOTE: I am thankful that my family does not engage in this horrible tradition, and that I was not raised around it.
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that's great,maybe your family is lucky.to some of us in other parts of the world we have done this for hundreds of years.we take no joy in it.it's a way of survival for families here and they don't get rich off it.mccartney and wife spent more on their little adventure then a sealing family in my community can make in a decade.it's great to be able to sit behind a PC and rant.next time you eat at a restaurant think of the food your eating.someone had to kill that also.they don't allow cameras in slaughter houses and the hog,calf andchicken are not as pretty as a seal so i guess that don't count.it's usually cooked or prepared before you see it.please drop by my blog and comment if you wish.

Howard Davis said...

A couple of points. It's amazing that in your tiny community they have the internet, but they don't have a supermarket. That must be the case, because you say that you need to hunt "to survive." See, where I live that was true a hundred years ago. They have made quite a bit of progress in getting food. I, fortunately, do not have to kill my meal each day. You see, people around here don't hunt for "survival" they do it "for fun." That is what I find to be disgusting.

Secondly, maybe I've been wrong this whole time, but I thought they were killing the seals for their fur. No one needs to wear fur. And as for impact on a sealing family, I say too bad. Get into a different line of work. Things change. Economies change. I am not going to change my position because of the impact on a community. Plants close and move overseas, businesses go broke, etc. That has the same impact on a small community, and the community is forced to adapt.

I know I won't convince you to change your mind. That's okay. But I will never be convinced that people who go hunting on the weekends and kill animals for sport, do it for any other reason than blood lust -- enjoying killing. It's a neurological disorder.

Thanks for stopping by.

wayne said...

actually there is no supermarket in my community,no gas station,and the local school has closed(children are bussed to another community).the seal hunt is not only for furs.the locals can and bottle the meat for home use.the pelts are sold and i doubt if the money to a family exceeds $2,000.oo but thats a help along with income from the fishery.i know of no one here who hunts for sport.in the fall we have a big game season and 6-700 lbs of moose or caribou also helps a family with a low income.the moose population on this island is estmated at 140,000 animals.the moose were introduced here a hundred years ago and from two pairs we now have that number.if the seals ever became endangered we would be the first to call a end to the hunt.as for a different line of work? not to many to choose from.we have a thing here called outward migration.soon only the seniors will be left in my community.(cape ray,pop:288)

Howard Davis said...

if the seals ever became endangered we would be the first to call a end to the hunt.

I doubt this. These communities kill the animals until they are down to virtually none. Then they cry to the government about how their community has no more economy. Look, like I said, you won't convince me it is somehow acceptable to strike a 3 week old seal club over the head and skin it alive for the sake of some wealthy Chinese or Russian woman to be able to wear the skin around her fat neck. It's sick.

But, I guess there is an aconomy behind it. Here in America, most hunters just kill for sport -- they do have a blood lust. That is just as disturbing to me.