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February 9, 2011

The Great Seal Hunt is Not Something That Needs To Be Protested

I find it very interesting that people are working so hard to protest the seal hunt off of the coast of Newfoundland. First of all the economy in that part of the world derives it’s livelihood from the sea. Harp seals are not in decline and there is a demand for the products made from sealing. I am so happy that the Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn took a stand against protesters. I love it when government officials do something that really matters to the people they govern.

A few years ago I worked at a seafood restaurant that gets the majority of it’s seafood from Canada. One day I went to work and there were protesters out front, telling people to not eat at the restaurant because of the Canadian seal hunt. My job was in a high priced suburb and the protesters pulled up in their SUV’s and wore their designer clothing without seeing the hypocrisy in their appearance. I wondered, just what did these people know about the sealing industry and if they lived in northern Canada, what would their job be? Would they have time to come up with ways to try to wreck someone else’s livelihood? Probably not. It really burns me up when people are unable to recognize that everyone has not lived the life that they have. I know that when I am upset because I can’t afford a latte that not being able to afford a latte is a lot different than not being able to buy any food, or not having heat or running water. I also realize that if I was in danger of losing any of those things, I would find a way to make money.

I am lucky and I know it. I live in a place where even with a terrible economy I can find a job if I need one. There are places within walking distance that would hire me today. None of them would be a job that I want but I would do it to take care of myself. These fishermen that are out there, risking their lives to take care of their families in an honest, respectable way do not need some silly protesters interfering with the dangerous job they have to do.

So to the crew of the Farley Mowat, get a life. Find something in the world that truly needs to be changed and spend your time working to alter that. Go build some houses in an impoverished community. Give a homeless person your leftover lunch. Make friends with a lonely neighbor. With all of the opportunities to be a good person and make the world a better place, you don’t need to get on a boat and disrupt a delicate workplace or try to get a continent to boycott a product that would put tons of people out of work. Surely there are better ways to spend you time than finding a bunch of coins, which your ability to get is proof that you are living a pretty comfortable life, for bail money.

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6 Comment(s)

  1. wayne | Apr 18, 2008 | Reply

    i agree ! if the seals become endangered i would be one of the first to oppose it.

  2. Spirit Wolf | Apr 18, 2008 | Reply

    I find it very interesting to find that people are working so hard to protest the slaughter in Darfur. First of all, the economy in that part of the world is derived from foreign aid, which is triggered by war and famine. Homo sapiens africanus is not in decline, and it creates a market for arms manufacturers, who are only trying to make a living for themselves and their families. Who is anyone to wreck their livelihoods? It’s also more humane to kill outright than to allow a living thing to die slowly of something like AIDS, which is rampant in this population.

    All you people choking off the streets marching for Darfur, get a life. Take care of your own neighbours, and your own continent’s wildlife, first.

  3. Melanie | Apr 18, 2008 | Reply

    Well Spirit Wolf, I see the parody but I must say, I don’t see the connection between the two issues. I know that people like to mix issues in this manner but really, come on. And while we are on the subject, although I probably should not indulge this foolishness at all, what exactly is the market for slaughtered human beings? Is there a demand? And what happens to all those products that these arms manufacturers produce? They don’t all end up in Dafur.

    Wasting is something totally different from hunting. I don’t support the slaughter of animals or humans when there is no purpose. However, I support hunting and fishing as well as the death penalty and the right to have an abortion. I am not putting more importance on human life than animal life, if that is what you are getting at. What I am saying is that reality can be harsh and sometimes when our realities are a little less harsh than others, we can’t fit our pampered feet into their shoes.

  4. Devon McDonald | Apr 19, 2008 | Reply

    The Canadian seal hunt is used to get donations for the seal protesters. Millions of dollars are raised in this manner. Read the news article below

    http://www.edmontonsun.com/Comment/Commentary/2008/04/19/5329501-sun.html

  5. Bruce | Apr 20, 2008 | Reply

    The Canadian commercial seal hunt is the largest and cruelest slaughter of marine mammals on earth. Any person who is in favor of this ruthless slaughter of defensless baby seals is inherintly evil.

    Any person with so much as a single molecule of compassion anywhere within their soul would instantly realize that raiding a seal nursery and beating baby seals to death, often in full view of their mothers and skinning many alive is an act that only a very demented, cold hearted and incredibly cruel person could commit.

    As long as Canada sponsors and subsidizes this horrific slaughter they will have no right considering themselves a civilized and advanced society.

  6. Devon McDonald | Apr 20, 2008 | Reply

    Bruce-that’s just propaganda. No animal is skinned alive. We kill and eat animals all the time.

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