1. Which is cuter? A or B.
2. Which is cuter? A or B.
3. Which is cuter? A or B.
The answer for all three questions is B. The seal pup is cuter than the Atlantic cod, the man with the hakapik, and that small vessel idling next to buddy precariously balanced on the ice floe.
It is for this very reason that the seal pup is the visual of choice for activists trying to end seal hunting in Canada. Emotion -- not fact -- is their number one weapon. You could almost say emotion is their "hakapik" of choice.
4. Which animal is hunted in Canada's sustainable, commercial seal hunt? A or B.
The answer is A.
Of course A is not as cute as B, and that is why -- as noted earlier -- B, not A is the icon of the anti-sealing movement. Animal activists are more concerned with sentimentality than with reality. Which is why they get pissy if you point out that since 1987 it has been illegal to harvest whitecoats, aka B. But the anti-hunt zealots have no issue obfuscating the truth, manipulating the media and behaving disingenuously. They have but 2 goals: stopping the hunt at all costs and getting you to donate cash.
The other reason B is used by anti-sealers in their public relations and misinformation campaigns, is because an adult would bite your fuckin' face if you tried this:
Christ, that stupid animal -- the one in the white coat -- looks scared for its life. The first rule of being an animal-lover should be "do not terrrorize a wild animal just so you can have a good photo op."
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But cod are ugly and seal pups are cute.
Cute motivates. Sentimentality inspires. Ignorance reigns. The activists have managed to get seal products banned from the European market place and the commercial hunt will die. This makes the future pretty bleak for the ugly -- but tasty -- cod. It's equally grim for the individuals who work the commercial seal hunt to support themselves and their families. Things are also not rosy for the Inuit, who have a constitutional right to hunt seal, but have no international market for their wares.
Personally, I find this all so ugly.