Just last year the seals got a big break, when the EU banned seal fur in all of the 27 member states: european union bans seal fur
As a result of this, the sealing industry almost crumbled into dust...but there are still people out there willing to defend it: some canadian politicians have developed a special skill in spouting populistic rethoric against the European Union, and so do certain opinion makers in Canada and elsewhere.
You can image that we - as a movement - were already getting used to obscene or whacked out attacks, accusations and far out statements made by sealers.
It takes some getting used to: like Fox (Faux?) News or the jaw dropping commentary of Rush Limbaugh on health care reform. But a recent post on Ecorazzi left me gasping for air...if only for a moment: Sarah Green
A Facebook group called “F**k Off Newfoundland — Leave Our Seals Alone” posted a photoshopped version of the original with bloody seal carcasses, with green wielding a hackapik.
OK, so now she's angry because of this pic on that facebook group.
“I grew up in a family that goes seal hunting every year,” she added, “and I’m going to go seal hunting this year. I really am.”
Huh? That is your response to the critics? Go kill some animals yourself? As an extra provocation? Showing your blatant disregard for animal welfare, international pressure, the arguments of animal welfare and animal right groups, the opinion of more and more canadians?...
Also notice that she doesn't defend the practice: her defense is this: my family does it, so I do it. Smashing their heads in or shooting them is good... Lets support the international fur industry... Makes perfect sense.
But wait, maybe she does have something objective to back here up. Well, not really. Just about every article said the same: and it was empty rhetoric. She made her mind up long ago and according to me isn't prepared to give it a second thought.
miss N.L. stands up for sealing
She's 19, has a gun licence and is a beauty queen being hailed as an unlikely hero of Canada's fading commercial seal hunt.
Talking about a photoshopped pic on the net where she was shown covered in blood and surrounded by dead seals:
"It was gruesome. It was unnecessary ... when I saw the photo, of course my jaw dropped," she said in an interview. "I couldn't believe it, but it gave me a bigger motivation to stand up for the seal hunt."
Yes, way to go Sarah: the words gruesome and unnecessary do apply, but they apply to the seal hunt. the very thing you support by wearing seal fur.
She has a firearms licence and plans to join her grandfather and uncle on their annual seal hunt this spring, she said.
And as we all know: if she starts killing and butchering seals...she will be covered in blood and surrounded by dead seals. Then nobody will need to use photoshop...or The GIMP to be able to show the world a gruesome and unnecessary picture of her. Way to go.
Also consider this: she received criticism on a facebookgroup, and her response is to go out and kill some more. I can't shake the feeling that this is nothing more but revenge.
Furthermore, Sara Green proves that she doesn't know what the hell she is talking about by stating:
Green said the hunt is needed to control voracious seal populations that feast on fragile cod and herring stocks.
In case you haven't noticed Sara, the canadian government and many sealers explicitly state that WE ARE WRONG when we claim that sealing happens to protect cod and herring.
And here is the evidence for the entire of Canada to see, right on the CBS website:
CBS: seal hunt
According to CBS:
The federal government says anti-sealing groups are wrong to suggest that it's allowing the hunt to help cod stocks recover.
"The commercial seal quota is established based on sound conservation principles, not an attempt to assist in the recovery of groundfish stocks," the DFO says. "Seals eat cod, but seals also eat other fish that prey on cod."
If she can't even get the basic 'facts' (pro-sealing propaganda?) right, how can we believe anything she or anyone else defending the seal industry says?
Sara Green further states the following:
"It's been a part of our heritage for hundreds of years and there's no reason to be bashing it," she said. "I mean, it's become so humane in the last few years. There's been so many changes to make it better and make it less dreadful for the seals."
There are almost no changes, the biggest change - in my opinion - was the obligation to bleed out the seals before skinning them. Something that was recommended years ago, but only became law in 2008...Because the canadian goverment wanted to stop the European Union from banning their cruel, immoral and inhumane products perhaps?
Many animals are still killed by bashing their heads in untill their brains explode by the way. And shooting them with a rifle hasn't been to succesfull either:
I'm sure Sara thinks this is all fine and dandy? Many more of these videos out there.
People keep asking her if she's afraid for her safety, she said.
This is also something that bothers me. As if the 'opponents' of sealing are a bunch of violent murderers the likes of Bin Laden. It smells like fear mongering.
"And that scares me. I hadn't really thought of that. But I've got all of Newfoundland and Labrador backing me up."
Everyone? And you can prove that? Is that a fact?
The depths to which pro sealers are willing to sink are mind blowing to me. Just consider this article I found:
Canadian Government Sacrifices Cats and Dogs for Seals
A recent article by the Canadian Press has revealed that the government of Canada will not join the United States and Europe in barring cat and dog fur imports, in fear such action could weaken Canada's position against the banning of seal products by other countries.
In order to play their political games with the Union, they are willing to do anything. What's next? Cat and dog slaughterhouses in canada?
All legal, so Canada can protect sealing. Canadians...It is time to step up and do something about this. Have your voices heard and stop this madness.