Save the Seal. Seriously, Save Me a Piece of That Yummy, Yummy Seal.

(Original image found here.)

“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.


15 thoughts on “Save the Seal. Seriously, Save Me a Piece of That Yummy, Yummy Seal.

  1. I love it when people meddle in the business of others because they think they know best on how to live their life. I’d like to see ‘Brij’ stay up north on an ice floe for a couple of weeks where it finally dawns on her that she can’t have a nice ‘paupiette de veau’ with a glass of fine french wine. We’ll see how quickly she turns on the seal.

  2. Baby seals are cute…really, really cute.
    Fully-grown seals are mean, smelly, and a little bit ugly. And they bite.

    Notice how no-one seems to care about the killing of the mean, smelly, ugly seals?

  3. I do, Kowy! They’re zombies! That’s why you have to club ’em; bullets don’t work. Then ya gots to skin ’em quick. Chopping their heads off don’t work, neither. Ya has to skin ’em for them to stay dead. That’s why we get ’em young. They’re too quick and mean when theys older.

  4. K’s right – people only seem to protest about killing cute animals. You don’t see people marching around shouting “Save the turkeys!!” or “Leave our salmon alone, you bastards!”

  5. People are clearly shallow, that way. They figure, anyone who could kill a cutesy-wutesy little seal must be some sort of heartless backbirth. I feel the same way about squirrels; cityfolk think they’re the cutest things, I favour taking a slingshot to them. I grew up closer to the country where they are malicious little pests and they eat all the garden veggies.

  6. I agree. Calling sealers “filth” will only make them prouder. (Mary Walsh rules.) What I’ve never understood is why they have to club seals. Bullets aren’t that expensive. Are these people too drunk to aim? Electric cattle bolters would likely do the trick nicely as well. I’m not against killing animals (cute or ugly) for meat or fur (within reason) but I am against doing it in a needlessly cruel or ignorant way.

  7. The American SPCA vets just today released some kind of report about the humane way the seals are killed and said “90%+ of the seals have heads that were thoroughly crushed”. That doesn’t make it sound like the majority are killed with bullets. I’d like to know either way though. It seems to me that there’s a lot of bs out there (from both sides) about just how these seals are harvested.

  8. Really, I always thought guns were the most common way and that the clubs weren’t used as much. Colour me corrected.

    (Danny Williams lied to Sir Paul on Larry King Live, then)

  9. I thought guns were used more often too, so I looked it up, to be sure. They have been, since the killing of whitecoats was banned.

    According to a article published in the Canadian Veterinary Journal:

    “…killing by fracturing the skull with a hakapik has become less practical, and sealers now often rely on shooting the animals with a rifle from their vessel. Ice conditions, which, in recent past, have varied considerably from year to year, also influence the nature of the hunt. Years of poor ice formation, with predominance of small ice floes, have led to a larger proportion of the animals being shot rather than struck with a hakapik.”

    The university side of me is still big on citations so people can read the source themselves, so here it is. 😉

    Pierre-Yves Daoust, Alice Crook, Trent K. Bollinger, Keith G. Campbell, and James Wong. Animal Welfare and the Harp Seal Hunt in Atlantic Canada. Canadian Veterinary Journal. 43: 687-694. September 2002.

    And if anyone wants to watch the documentary that Mark talked about in his CBC piece, CBC Newsworld will be broadcasting it tonight (Tuesday) and Saturday.

    The National Film Board documentary ‘My Ancestors were Rogues and Murderers’ will air on The Lens, CBC Newsworld at 10:00 pm ET/PT Tuesday, April 04, 2006, and at the same time on Saturday, April 08, 2006.

    Official information:

    Watch the trailer:

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