Today's Prompt: Dear Mr President.
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Dear Mr Obama,
My name is Nan and I'm writing to you in my capacity as an advocate for the continuation of the Canadian Commercial Seal hunt, a supporter of the Inuit seal hunt, an opponent of the EU Ban on seal products, a Newfoundlander, and an individual who enjoys a good fight.
Let me be frank: thanks for not mouthing off about the seal hunt during your tenure as president of the United States. I appreciate it, especially considering in 2006 you wrote a letter to PETA promising "to ensure that we take all the necessary steps to express our outrage with the Canadian government." You went on to say, "Canada annually opens its eastern waters to commercial seal hunting. The United States and European Union have been unified in their opposition to the slaughter of seals by passing legislation decades ago to restrict the sale of seal-based products within their borders," and then pledged to insinuate yourself into my nation's affairs via your position on the United States Senate's Foreign Relations Committee.
Obviously in the interceding years you have stepped away from this opinion.
Is it because you now know lobbyists, activists and celebrities manipulate public sentiment by using overly-emotional language and misleading photos of white coats (which are exempt from the hunt)? Seven years on, do you recognize the inherent hypocrisy of going after an industry solely because the optics don't sit well with a few soft-minded, vocal animal-activists while larger, more successful industries that harvest animals don't warrant attention from deep-pocketed, special-interest groups (ie, the Humane Society of United States and IFAW)? Or are you staying quiet because you realize that you don't have the right to stick your nose in the internal affairs of Canada and sabotage an ecologically sound, humanely operated, traditional activity involving a renewable resource that channels money into rural Canadian communities that desperately need the money? Or did you not care about any of this and were only attempting to pander to voters with an eye to eventually running for the White House? I would love to know.
All the same, good luck in your second term. You're going to need it.