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sdbest
Film producer, activist
07:48 PM on 08/07/2012
With the exception of the Green Party, all the political parties in the House of Commons support the seal hunt because it's good politics. The seal hunt is bad public policy. It's bad ethics. It's bad economics. It's bad environmental policy. But, it's good politics.

As long as Canadian politicians know that there are more seats to be won subsidizing the beating and shooting of young seals to death no matter how cruelly to serve the fur fashion industry than having a responsible, ethical, science-based marine mammal policy there will be a seal hunt.

Until the major parties begin to lose seats over their marine mammal policies, seals will be killed no matter how cruelly and no matter how environmentally damaging it may be.
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DebbyM
09:35 PM on 08/07/2012
The Green Party is on the verge of moving into line on the seal hunt. http://www.greenparty.ca/convention-2012/voting/motions/g12-p18 That party is voting or has voted in 2012 on Rescinding and Replacing their previous seal hunt policy. The assimilation has begun. And by the way, I was a supporter of the Greens, but I'm rethinking that support as a result of their new attitude.
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lilkitten22
Be the change that you wish to see in the world
12:08 AM on 08/08/2012
wow :/ I guess they are giving in to greed like the other parties
05:36 AM on 08/08/2012
Yeah I wouldn't vote for a party which discriminates against different cultures within their own country either. That party has based its anti sealing campaign on the rhetoric of foreign for profit animal rights lobby groups. I'd rather my government be Canadian and for Canadians.
05:27 PM on 08/07/2012
It is a renewable resource. I feel the same as most Americans would being told what to do by a Canadian. Look after your own affairs.
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DebbyM
09:38 PM on 08/07/2012
As other major markets have spoken about their decision to import our 'blood product', it is time we rethink whether we want to continue to support a product for which there is no market. They aren't necessarily telling us what to do so much as they are saying that they want no part of it. So why do we continue? Too stupid to change?
05:42 AM on 08/08/2012
Markets exist for it, it's just that the anti sealing lobbyists have been very good at what they do. They spent 40 years and million$ to disrupt the market. So the EU bans sale products and feels good about itself. One should not set their animal rights moral compass by EU standards. They still kill seals, they didn't ban the killing of them.

The EU also employs 60,000 people in its fur industry, they have the most fur farms in the world and are world leaders in the production of fur. The EU fur industry nets a billion and a half euros yearly. Some of those furs are auctioned here in Canada in T.O at fur auction houses. Yet the euros are progressive right....I mean they banned seal products.

Sublime to ridiculous.
04:16 PM on 08/07/2012
Last I heard, they're claiming seals have eaten all the cod, so the massacre against these predators should continue. I guess they'll always have an excuse to try to keep their seasonal/government subsidized jobs.
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DebbyM
09:40 PM on 08/07/2012
The seals have NOT eaten all the cod. We have. For thousands of years, the seals and cod lived in harmony. Early fishermen from Europe marvelled at the masses of fish they discovered in the waters when they first came here. With no sealers at the time to 'protect the cod stocks' why was there so much fish. Anyone who believes the seals are responsible for the lack of cod have bought the lie.
05:50 AM on 08/08/2012
Only problem is that now there are 9 million seals off Newfoundland , a historic all time high, they have no predator. Check some news stories, New England fishermen are all concerned about growing seal populations and the impact it's having on fish stocks. The yanks cull sea lions threatening salmon stocks.

I have a conspiracy theory....that mutated bird flu now killing seals around the New England states.....it was created by evil seal scientists as a way to control their growing seal populations. Oooohhhhh!
07:24 AM on 08/08/2012
From an east coast fishing community are you debbym? If you are you would know NL does not have jurisdiction over the fishery, that's the Federal governments area of jurisdiction. As NL only has 7 federal seats in a Parliament with over 300 seats, that provinces main resource was , well, not a big priority. Western provinces have way more seats. They also sell those euros wheat, crops etc. So to get the votes you ensure you keep the large provinces happy. The euros will buy the produce, crops and never have to answer for decimating cod right outside Canada's zone of jurisdiction. The east coast and its fishery is just collateral damage. However No is growing into an energy power house: oil, more oil exploration.6 billion dollar hydro electric project to be developed on the lower Churchill, repatriation of the upper Churchill hydroelectric project in 2041. Right now NL pays into Canada's equalization system not take from it. So in the future maybe NL will once again go it alone. Which should please many Canadians, because most of the anti seal hunt rhetoric is not based on science and fact, but is very much based on ignorance ,bigotry, and every other nasty word one can use to describe the misanthropic character and mind.
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lilkitten22
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12:19 AM on 08/08/2012
wow..I don't know where you got that from but it's wrong, Canadians and all the other countries that were allowed to fish here for cod over fished it all.
06:59 AM on 08/08/2012
Actually, the Canadian fishers follow the federal govt.standards, rules , regulations quotas, etc. Whatever you want to call em. Inshore NL fishers warned 50 years ago about the negative impact factory freezer trawlers would have. Canada has tried to have their jurisdiction expanded in the North Atlantic to no avail. Now I know it's all fun to blame Canada and assume the euros are ....youknow...all concerned about cod stock conservation ( rolls eyes) but they are and have been on the nose and tail of the grand banks over fishing. That's a well known fact. One can actually find GPS and satellite images which show just how many are outside Canada's zone of jurisdiction and plundering away. Remember Brian Tobin and the cod wars? As to where I get "stuff". Google any of it if ya wanna know. Do you come from a fishing culture or community? Do you believe whatever folks say about the east coast and its fishers and people? Well do you? Are you an expert on cod? A marine biologist maybe? Well versed in the 60 years of peered reviewed and used info Canada has on harp seal physiology, population dynamics, conservation and wildlife issues? I'm not are you?
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Tony Pepperoni
Where did all the good Republicans go?
04:10 PM on 08/07/2012
As long as the pig slaughter industry is still going strong, we are all good.
03:21 PM on 08/07/2012
This article seems a little disingenuous coming from an American Senator when hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Iranian civilians died at the hands of the US military. Kind of makes seal hunting look like a minor issue.

Now Americans hunting polar bears in Canada. There's an issue.
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Tony Pepperoni
Where did all the good Republicans go?
04:08 PM on 08/07/2012
He is a Canadian senator. I know, it's hard to believe, but we have them... for some reason.
04:11 PM on 08/07/2012
Umm... He's a Canadian Senator.
06:24 PM on 08/07/2012
So how do I extract myself out of this mess? Sorry to the Americans for the careless pot-shot. I guess I can take solace in the fact that the only thing stupider than my comment is a Canadian Senator.
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AuntiFascist
As soon as liberty is complete it dies in anarchy.
02:58 PM on 08/07/2012
You have my 100% support and respect Senator Harb. The seal hunt is inhumane and costly to taxpayers and Canada's international reputation. It should be ended immediately.