Seal skins make great winter mitts. I support the seal hunt.
Yes its that time of year again. The seal hunt is set to kick off for another season and once again anti-seal hunt groups like the Sea Shepherd Society (true media whores that they are) are determined to meddle and interfere. All fear their little ship "Farley Mowat". Now personally, I think Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Society, is an obnoxious loudmouth and highly illogical. Um, you do realize Paul, that if you take your views to their logical end then all humans really should just commit mass hari kari and the world would be better off. Actually, you can have your theory. Personally, I'd rather live in the real world and gladly stand up for a culture and part of the world I've grown to appreciate and love.
So the Farley Mowat cometh. I got curious about this story after seeing some coverage on Newfoundland Television and started to poke around to see what I could find out about the ship's crew. How informed/intelligent/logical are these people. Well let's see.......
The "captain" is Alex Cornelissen from Amsterdam. Of course, Holland has a very strong sealing culture. He sounds clued in to me for sure. I have to wonder though, would any one want to be on a ship driven by a this goof from Amsterdam of all places? (toke toke cough cough)
Hmmmm.....crew members from North Carolina and France......tons of seals in those places (in zoos!) There are also crew members from Australia and New Zealand and while I'm willing to concede there may be some seals off their waters, I seriously doubt they have much appreciation of issues being faced by Inuit in places like say Pangnirtung or Pond Inlet who rely on seals for income and food. But wait! All is not lost. There are a couple Canadians on the crew. Surely this will restore some sanity when you have an anti-seal protester from Winnipeg and Saskatchewan. SASKATCHEWAN? Are you kidding me?!
While there is humour and sarcasm to my words there is also great anger and frustration. It boils my blood that arrogant and ignorant idiots like these espousing a "holy than thou" attitude, feel they can slander an entire culture and way of life from the safety and security of their urban lair. Spend some time up here (no not just 2, 5 or 10 days) and get to know the people and culture before you condemn it.
Clueless statement from a crew member - "I'm excited to take part in the seal campaign because it is terrible the way they kill the seal for fur, for profit...it's not justified!!"
Neither is your ignorance. Sorry there, but in my world human rights trump animal rights.
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