Originally posted by Monger
So, I guess the seal population is in really hard shape, huh? Actually, no, the seal population is put under no strain from these quotas.
Which seal species are you referring too? The Caribbean Monk Seal? Oh wait, that species went extinct in 2008 from over harvesting. Finland's Saimaa
freshwater seal(freshwater seals are rare to begin with) is in danger of extinction in the next few years.So is the Canadian ringed seal, the Baltic
Ringed seal because of dissappearing ice, and then the Hawaiian Monk Seal. Canada hasn't stopped their hunting either, though the species is about to
be put on the endangered list.
The Cape fur seals in question are extinct in 98% of their habitat.The quota should not be over 30% of the population, but this new contract exceeds
the pup population altogether, essentially dooming the species to extinction. That is wholesale slaughter of the worst kind.
It's easy to sit in your nice cozy home safely in the west, safely away from true reality and the need to literally but food on your
families table. Taking a job as Fry Cook as Micky D's isn't an option for these people.
If you got off your high horse and read the article, it is contracted to one businessman from Turkey. this does not benefit any of the "poor
people". In fact, these seals are a tourism industry, and will doom the locals that make any money off the tourism for a quick buck.
You know what sickens me? When people care more for the bloody seals than human fricken bings just trying to support themselves and their
I have no pity for people who stick to an outdated standard of living to make money, by brutally and inhumanely kill animals to extinction for profit.
So in the next ten years when all the seals are killed and there is nothing left to eat, then what are they going to do?
I have no problem with a family killing an animal for meat to feed their family for a few months, I do have a problem with 6,000 bulls being
slaughtered because people think their balls are an aphrodesiac and it makes money.
And when you make a species go extinct it wreaks havok on the entire ecosystem for the rest of us.
The world-wide seal hunt isn't fun, and it's hard to watch. But neither is what goes on inside an abbotior or slaughterhouse, or any
stockyard the world over.
You are right about slaughter the world over, but the difference is that instead of hunting cows and pigs to extinction, they were domesticated, bred,
and put on ranches as a ready food source.
In the States, companies are now forcing large corporate animal farms to adopt more humane practises.
How about you pay attention to whats going on in your own backyard before demonizing people on the other side of the world for trying to make
Talk about short sightedness. Because the ecosystem is everyone's concern. Why should everyone look away as hundreds of species go extinct because of
corrupt government's wanting a quick buck to fund their battles?
Why should the small families have to suffer without food because this government sold an entire species to a large businessman? Why should the
tourism sector suffer because the seals that draw tourists have been removed?
Not to mention the horrific effects that it would have on the other industries in the area brought on by bringing an animal to extinction.
By bringing this problem to the world eye, a conservation group is now raising money to buy the seals from the government so they can keep them.
By bringing this problem to the world eye, methods and conservation ideas can be brought up that can keep the industry and keep the species.
and yes, we deal with these problems here. I live along the Chesapeake Bay and there are always fights between conservation and the watermen who want
to hunt the Blue Crab or the Rockfish to extinction, and in already failing Bay. The Rockfish were almost gone, which allowed an invasive species of
mussel to flourish and destroy the Bay. Oh the poor Waterman who wanted to protect their way of life and "feed" their families, who would have
nothing to fish if it wasn't for tight government restriction, and conservation efforts. So fish farms were developed, released into the Bay, along
with restrictions, and the population was returned and fishing was resumed a few years ago. This kind of information needs to be shared.