Saturday, April 13, 2013

Sealed.

There are certain types of people who use Twitter as a forum for discussion and debate about the seal hunt

1. Sane, intelligent people who are informed about the issue and are willing and eager to respond to seal hunt critics. 

For samples check out Mad Inuk, Radical Ominvore,  Chris Mitchelmore and me.  

2. Celebrities who are great at public relations, but not exactly renowned for their brains, subtly, compassion, or logic

Their king is Bill Maher:



I wonder if  Bill Maher knows the Humane Society of the United States' annual revenue is $148,703,820?!  Why does the HSUS need more money? Does the money that people donated on Maher's recommendation go directly into funding the HSUS' anti-seal hunt activism or their general coffers?



This tweet from Hilton is from October and refers to Bill S-210.  Drafted and championed by Senator Mac Harb it was meant to kill the Canadian Commercial seal hunt. It was defeated on February 28, 2013. Coincidentally this was the same day the story broke that Harb's finances are being audited for his part in an expense scandal.

Other anti-seal hunt celebrities (ie, Ke$ha, Morrissey, Paul McCartney, Iggy Pop, Sarah McLachlan) have remained silent about this year's hunt. Pamela Anderson has retweeted a single message from another Twitter user. Fair-weathered activists.

3. People who anthropomorphize seals because they believe they're actually Beanie Babies:


These "activists" are the ones most likely to have a whitecoat seal as their avatar. They also love using the word "baby."





4. People who only have compassion for animals and don't give a rat's ass about humans:









I watched that video and I still say the seal hunt is okay. I'm not sick in the head, but I do still have a bit of head cold. Does that count?

5. People whose attempts at activism are just so idiotic that I can't help but laugh:



I hope that before she renounces her theoretical Canadian citizenship, she learns to spell Canadian correctly.




On behalf of all Canadians -- the majority of whom have never seen a seal -- I will answer this query. No, we do not say sorry to the dead seals because:
a. dead seals don't listen very well, and 
b. it's insulting to perpetuate ugly national stereotypes. Don't you have some homework to finish?


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It's going to be a long season.






17 comments:

  1. "I am Canadain i just singed the peta end salughter cause i care about all anmails".

    My brain actually had a hard time reading this because of all the misspellings and typos. Ouch.

    I think it's big of you that you didn't go into PETA's track record of ill-treating & then euthanizing thousands of healthy animals rather than finding them homes. Because that's where I'd have gone. Right to this link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-j-winograd/peta-kills-puppies-kittens_b_2979220.html

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    1. When I read "i just singed…" I was totally confused about the verb. To sing. To singe. To sign. YES! "siGNed." I'm horrible for proofreading so I'm the queen of typos, but I'm never THAT bad.

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    2. And I didn't know anything about PETA's track record with euthanization until you and someone on twitter posted those links. They really are vile.

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  2. I know almost nothing about seal hunting, because it doesn't happen (to my knowledge at least) in the UK and I don't think I want to google it and face the fiercly strong views on both sides to find out more. If you happen to know an objective, non-emotional run down of the main facts that I could peruse, please let me know! But anyway. My gut reaction, as a life-long pacifist vegetarian, is that seal hunting is bad. I feel the same way about badger culling, slaughterhouses, pest control... anything at all that ends life, basically. My brain reaction as a rational human being is that sometimes things have to be done that I find upsetting. Unfortunately I think twitter is fuelled by gut reactions rather than brain reactions.

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    1. It's just occurring to me that I really do write about the seal hunt assuming that my audience is Canadian. Sorry.

      A really good place to start researching is our government's Department of FIsheries and Oceans website. It has facts about the almost 7.3 million harp seals in Canadian waters and the FAQ page includes maps and historical information.

      I don't think that what happens on the Atlantic ice floes is any more or less humane than what happens behind the closed doors of slaughterhouses. Because the killing and processing occurs out in the public arena, the optics -- not the facts -- are driving the outcry which has lead to the European Economic Union banning seal products from both the commerical hunt (ongoing now off the coast of Newfoundland) and the traditional hunt (undertaken by First Nations and Inuit hunters in northern waters in the weeks to come).

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  3. OK, I'm a semi-vegetarian, former PETA member, animal-rescue volunteering, anti-hunting person. But two years ago, a very healthy friend of mine (and father of three young kids) spent weeks in the ICU, had major lung-surgery, and almost died after (most likely) inhaling a bit of ocean water near Chatham on Cape Cod---an area that has been overrun by seals. The amount of seal "poop" in the water has been getting out of hand, and it is probable what got into his lungs since he got violently sick within two days of swimming. The truth is, there are too many seals with not enough predators to thin the herds---we have the same problem with tick-carrying deer---and sometimes people have to take the place of these "predators". I wonder how many of these activists would like to be told that their summer beach vacation is canceled b/c of seal poop in the water?

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    1. GAH! Seal poop. I never even thought about that.

      Seals are eating & breeding machines, very soon the current population explosion is going to be checked (because they're decimating fish stocks) by mother nature in the form of starvation. Then the hunt will be become a cull and the animal activists will be eating crow. And (at least in my fantasy version) flipper pie.

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  4. Meanwhile, here in the U.S., an abortion doctor is on trial for delivering live, full-term babies, snipping their necks and leaving them to die. One of the mothers also died in his care. I don't see Perez Hilton Angry Tweeting about that. Infanticide? Anyone?

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    1. I don't know what to make of that case. If only someone smart or (even better) famous like Pamela BOOM-BOOM Anderson or that dried-up, bitter old pill Morrissey would do the thinking for me. THEN I would know how to respond.

      All kidding aside, that case is horrible. I hope it's dealt with on a judicial level and NOT used by either side for political grandstanding. It's one of the many reasons I'm glad we no longer have access to "cable" news channels.

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  5. Bill Maher? Really? Huh. At least his tweet is spelled correctly. Bunch of morons.

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    1. Bill Maher is a militant vegan. True story.

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    2. Does anyone else think that Bill Maher's dogmatic veganism means he has ZERO credibility when he starts mocking & deriding organized religion? HEY BILL -- Extremists beliefs are dangerous whether you're getting them from a holy book or a cookbook.

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    3. Don't forget misogynist.

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  6. SERIOUSLY? Okay, I have NOT been paying attention. I had him loosely pegged as a blowhard but at least kind of no-nonsense and sensible. WOW. And yes, agree about the extremism.

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    1. I know, I was kind of crushed when I first found out he was kinda batshit, because sometimes he's got great points and I do watch his show every week (albeit while I'm on Twitter so I can tune him / his guests out if they stop making coherent sense). But I agree with Nan that his extremist views about veganism, vaccines, etc. damage his credibility with regard to the atheism.

      He really is the worst kind of atheist, IMO - dogmatic, aggressive, mocking, unwilling to see other viewpoints. It's frustrating to say the least.

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  7. "Does anyone else think that Bill Maher's dogmatic veganism means he has ZERO credibility when he starts mocking & deriding organized religion?"

    Hell yes. As someone who ate vegan for a few years and saw (+ almost succumbed to) the brain washing first hand while a member of a vegan online forum, I believe that it is fair to call veganism a cult. Or, at least some groups. Even vegetarianism can be a bit cultish at times. I still eat a lot of vegan food and I use the label vegetarian to avoid having to worry about being served meat, but, honestly, people need to start thinking for themselves and decide what they want to do - not what label to apply, but what they want to do.

    As for sealing, well it's no worse than other hunting/slaughter houses. The animal rights movement would be far more effective if they just acknowledged that people aren't going to stop eating meat any time soon and start trying to meet people half way: so, you want seal pelts, well we don't agree, but let's work together to make sure the hunt is as humane as possible.

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