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“My God, it’s as though they think we all sit here on our arses, just waiting for someone from away to come and tell us how to do things properly.” – Mary Walsh, ‘Hatching, Matching, and Dispatching’
So Brigitte Bardot has come to Ottawa to demand a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in an effort to put a stop to the seal hunt. Harper declined.
Bardot has long campaigned against the seal hunt, and could be considered single-handedly responsible for the sudden stop in the sale of seal-skin fur coats. Bardot loves the seals and affection for wildlife is certainly an admirable trait. It’s too bad her generous spirit doesn’t extend to immigrants in France. I wonder if she’d go away if the seals converted to Islam.
Last night on The National, Mark Kelly did a documentary about the seal hunt, balancing several sides of the issue from sealers in Les Iles de la Madeleine to a former Newfoundlander in Washington who is campaigning against the hunt. Kelly asked a protestor in Washington what she thought about the sealers themselves. She diplomatically replied (as the camera subtly and quickly panned up from her leather shoes) that she thought they do need to make a living but likely they were uneducated about what they were doing. Bardot was less diplomatic. “Filth,” she called them.
So, those who hunt seals are either lowlifes or are just too stupid to know better. That attitude? Usually not so successful in those parts.