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The Canadian Seal Hunt

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posted on Mar, 4 2006 @ 09:12 AM
I was watching Paul McCartney talking with the Premier of Newfoundland on Larry King Live last night, and it got me thinking. I can't really decide if the seal hunt is good or bad. So I decided to see what everyone else here thinks.

Some facts:
*90% of the seals are killed with bullets, not all clubbed to death.
*The hunt is supported by the World Wildlife Foundation and the UN
*The seal population has more than tripled in the past decade, so they are not in any danger of being wiped out.

Meanwhile others say:
*It is cruel and inhumane.
*It is in fact going to lead to a huge decline in the seal population
*The boycott against Canadian seafood created from it costs more than the seal hunt itself makes
*People only use it for their fur (Although many people do actually eat the meat and use the oils, etc.)
*They could make more money from tourism to see the seals

What gets me is... why are they boycotting Red Lobster over this? Aside from it being an export of Canada, what is that doing? It's a privately owned company. All you are going to do is drive the poor company into bankrupcy for something they don't even have involvement with. Seals aren't seafood, they're mammals!

[edit on 4-3-2006 by Yarcofin]

posted on Mar, 8 2006 @ 04:37 PM
It makes me sad to see the seals killed.
But I think that's because they are much cuter than a cow, chicken or pig. (I'm nothing if not honest

Considering the fact that I'm not going vegan any time soon, I just keep my mouth shut.

posted on Mar, 8 2006 @ 04:53 PM

No problem with the forcefeeding of chickens, turkeys and cattle? There are many times more of those animals killed per year than seals.

Yes, free range taste better

Like I said, if you're against the seal should probably be against all of it.

No eat them

posted on Mar, 9 2006 @ 12:36 PM
So a baby seal walks into a club...

Sorry, couldn't resist.

posted on Mar, 16 2006 @ 10:50 PM
Today I came home to find this SPAM mail in my inbox. I did not sign up to recieve this:

Hi Yarcofin,

Premier Danny Williams recently lied about the cruel conditions of Canada's seal hunt during a "Larry King Live" interview. Tell Canada's government to come clean about what's really happening on the ice.

In just a few weeks, the largest slaughter of marine mammals is set to begin on the ice off Canada's East Coast.

Over 300,000 seals, mostly babies, will be bludgeoned or shot to death for their fur.
Take action.

But the income generated by the commercial seal hunt doesn't go as far as the Canadian government would like you to think; it accounts for less than one percent of Newfoundland's GDP - an average of only $1,000 per sealer.

What's worse, the seals are slaughtered in the most inhumane fashion during the hunt - routinely clubbed or shot and left to suffer on the ice, then dragged over the side of boats with sharpened metal hooks. Some are even skinned alive.
Say no!

When Danny Williams, Premier of Labrador and Newfoundland, was given the chance to tell the truth about the hunt during a recent episode of "Larry King Live" on CNN, he chose instead to lay false claims about the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and their documentation of the hunt's cruelty.

Claiming to speak on behalf of Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Williams said: "IFAW representatives, veterinarians and other experts have said the seal hunt is humane."

The truth? There isn't a single reputable "expert" or "veterinary group" that has observed the seal hunt and called it humane. In fact, IFAW experts concluded the slaughter to be inherently cruel and horrific.
Take action now.

Doesn't the public at least deserve to know the facts about how baby seals are being killed?

Join IFAW and activists from around the world in urging Canada's Prime Minister to tell the truth about what's really happening on the ice.

Sign the petition here!

Thanks for your action today.

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"There isn't a single reputable expert or veterinarian group that says the hunt is humane" - FALSE.

The most recent Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Report and numerous reports mentioned by the Malouf Commission (1987) indicate that this is not true.

Over the years, studies conducted by the various veterinary experts, and American studies carried out between 1969 and 1972 on the Pribilof Islands hunt (Alaska) have consistently proven that the club or hakapik is an efficient tool designed to kill the animal quickly and humanely. A recent report in September, 2002, by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, had results that parallel these findings.

Hunting methods were studied by the Royal Commission on Sealing in Canada and they found that the clubbing of seals, when properly performed, is at least as humane as, and often more humane than, the killing methods used in commercial slaughterhouses, which are accepted by the majority of the public.

Other facts:
*The seal hunt is claimed to be the world's largest commercial harvest of wildlife, but the Australian Kangaroo harvest takes 7 million animals, versus the 300,000 of the seal hunt.

Canadian Seal Hunt - Wikipedia Article

ATLANTIC CANADA SEAL HUNT MYTHS AND REALITIES - Published by the Canadian Government

Included in the above link is also more information about misconceptions, like the fact that it allegedly does not make much money, it is babies that are killed, etc. AND THEY ARE NOT skinned alive. It's unfortunate that organizations like the IFAW and Greenpeace are spreading such misconceptions and lies. Because of it, it is (in majority) Americans that are whining about it. I'm so tired of people saying they will boycott all Canadian products if we don't stop the seal hunt, etc.

From this information and the lying of these organizations, I can say that I am FOR the Seal Hunt, and I would actually sign a petition to keep it, if one was available.

[edit on 16-3-2006 by Yarcofin]

posted on Apr, 19 2006 @ 09:23 PM
did anybody hear how an entire town in quebec(?) would not let some protesters out of their hotel after running them off the road? the police refused to escort the journalists and american protesters to the airport so they could film the seal hunt. eventualy the helicopter had to leave with out the protesters and right after the police escorted them to a plane leaving the country. i thought it was pretty funny. good for them for standing up for teir lively hood!

posted on May, 30 2006 @ 06:10 PM
I am not a tree huger so I dont care what the hunt.

posted on May, 30 2006 @ 07:39 PM

I watch a couple programs on PBS, and during one of their "commercial breaks" I saw a short promo about the hunt and the troubles the protesters/filmers had getting out onto the ice. I didn't know they escorted them to the airport to leave, but did see that they delayed them at the hotel.

So yep... I can confirm most of what you saw/read.


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