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March 31st, 2005

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12:20 pm - What you can do
For those interested in the whole "clubbing baby seals" thing, here's a link to "What you can do" provided by my beautiful girlfriend, Tina.

What you can do

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Date:March 31st, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC)
It'd be preferable to skinning them alive, I admit.
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Date:March 31st, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC)
i half assumed there would be a picture of a guy telling me to screw off after that link. it would have been much funnier. less Tina-like, but funnier.
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Date:March 31st, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
Haha. Yes, not very Tina-like, but very funny.
Date:March 31st, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC)
Tina so rocks!
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Date:March 31st, 2005 10:22 pm (UTC)
Yes well the seals are cute... I've seen some when I was vacationning in Nova Scotia with my dad over a decade ago. I can see why legends of Selkies and other maritime fey things arose. Their eyes are deep and knowing.

So I sympathize a bit with them, but I'm not vegan/vegetarian, and would probably at least try seal meat once.


The Maritimes' problem is that when the cod fisheries collapsed, the ecosystem shifted from Cod to Lobsters and Seals. There are more seals now then before - since there aren't as many adult cod competing for the same food with them.


The Rest of Canada kind of turns a blind eye to the seal-hunt.
>For one thing, instead of cowboys in our national consciousness, we have les courreurs des bois (fur trappers and traders).

>Montreal is one of the more socialist (and hence green) cities in Canada and I'm pretty sure that I've seen girls wearing seal and other furs the past 2 seasons.

>Up here, PETA is mostly seen as ridiculous. They aim for the radical green fringe, which while it might appeal to vegans, teenagers and animal rights activists doesn't appeal to centre which controls what happens here.

>as far as the Rest of Canada is concerned, anything that keeps Newfoundlanders off of the dole (welfare rolls) is all to the good. So there is a financial motive to the blind eye.

Part of this is a push by the fashion industry, part of it is because our Natives (for whom fur trapping/hunting is a cultural legacy) are quite vocal about protecting their way of life (this in our collective eyes makes such activity on the whole more acceptable) and an even larger part is because Canada tends to be concensus-driven society.

One species, especially one whose numbers are way above historic numbers isn't going to attract much support.

Something like Ducks Unlimited on the other hand - which is an alliance of duck hunters and people that just happen to like the wildlife that live in swamps *does* work.

Bottom line - the seal hunt is a cull. Yes the North Atlantic ecosystem is seriously fucked up. It will be even more fucked up if the government doesn't organize a seal cull to keep their numbers in check. Incidentally, it's not the only cull going on in Canada.

The federal government actually has to pay hunters to kill snow geese (no one wants to hunt them cause their meat isn't as tasty as other species). If the government didn't do this, the snow geese would happily gobble up the fragile tundra vegetation where they nest in the summer. But you never hear about the snow geese because they just aren't as cute as baby seals.
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Date:April 1st, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC)
At first I accidentally read that as for those of you interested in clubbing baby seals, here's how to go about it.

Not quite what you had in mind eh?
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Date:April 1st, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC)
Well, if you're interested in that, I'm sure that there are plenty of websites that will tell you how :)

But yes, not quite what I had in mind.
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Date:April 1st, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
Nah, I couldn't club a baby seal...they have the ultimate puppy dog eyes.

That and I think killing an animal soley for its pelt is stupid.

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