Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Against the world.

So.. today in the mail I received a "flyer" per-say about the Seal Hunt. It is a completely biased review of Loyola Hearn's view's. It states "The seal hunt plays an important role in the fisheries management. That's why it is so shocking that so-called environmentalists are trying to profit by tearing the hunt down. Seals are not endangered and there is evidence that they contribute to the depletion of fish stocks. The Canadian seal hunt is a sustainable, economically viable activity based on sound conservation principles. Why won't the rich foreign celebrities and radical protest groups mention these facts? Either they are ignorant of the truth or they are ashamed of it. It's about time this debatestopped being about money and attention and started focusing on the real issues and the facts. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative Government are proud to stand with the Newfoundlanders and Labradorians as we work together to protect the seal hunt and preserve the vital natural resource for generations to come." There is also a ballot of sorts where you choose between Prime Minister Harper, or "foreign celebrities and radical special interest groups." When I first read this I was shocked and appalled. This is today not 500 years ago, Shouldn't we move on and let the traditions of the seal hunt become a memory rather than a genocide. Sure, seals aren't endangered ... now. If the hunt continues like this what is to become of the them. Last time I checked the only things to benefit off of the celebrities and groups are the seal's. There are non-profit organizations. Also, it is pretty bad when they have "debate stopped" as one word. No, that was not my typo, it was theirs. You can't send out something so serious and controversial and miss spell words. I'm sorry. It just doesn't cut it for me. Even if they had made every correct grammar and punctuation, spelling, etc. I would still feel the same about it. I have said it before and I will say it again it's not right, and if Loyola Hearn and Prime Minister Harper, are going to stand behind such murderous behavior then I am against my own government. Also, apparently the world.


Anonymous said...

It doesn;t matter whether seals are endangered or not, it bloodthirsty murder purely for profit, so what if the seals eat fish, so do we as humans and what gives us the right to take all the fish from the seal. We have plenty of other foods to eat, and being a vegatrian i say who needs to eat fish anyway! Humans certainly don;t! If anyone is upsetting the balance of nature is us humans!

Anonymous said...

It's easy to look down on Atlantic Canada from Ontario or the Prairies and chastise them for being so barbaric and ignorant as to kill such sweet, innocent little creatures as seals.

The reality is, however, that when it comes to commercial fishing, it's either the fisherman who's going to get the fish or the seal. Who deserves it more?

It may be satisfying to think that you're benefiting the seals, they do look very cute and puppy-like, but the fact is they take up valuable fish resources, already a dwindling supply. It's a pure ecology, or if you prefer, economy.

The celebrities benefit from the publicity and being associated with a topic that is so easy to decide on when you're not really thinking about it.

Anonymous said...

I wonder why "valuable fish resources" are "already a dwindling supply"?
The seals! Of course.

Newfoundlander's were eating fish for millions of years until the seals showed up and started over fishing. It was a "pure ecology" until the seals came along with their commercial fishing and disturbed the delicate balance of nature.

So who better to manage that delicate balance than the Newfoundlanders who were doing such a fantastic job until the seals showed up and wrecked everything.

You are absolutely correct. It IS so easy to draw conclusions about this topic when you're not thinking about it at all.