Sunday, March 06, 2005

Can you smell the blood in the air?

(This blog is a little jumbled. I'm not feeling very well today.)

Canada is considered a peace-loving nation. We're applauded and admired for saying 'no' to the Iraq war and to this ridiculous missle defence shield that the US is implementing. We're percieved as a people who don't pick fights. We don't support unjustified, illegal wars. We like gay marriage. We like legalized pot (maybe not, after the RCMP murders). We were ranked by organizations like Amnesty International as one of the most peace-loving nations on earth.

So we like peace.

But once a year, we forget all about peace.

Yes, it is that time of year again. It's time to murder baby seals.

http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/seal-phoque/index_e.htm

(note that those government guys call it "harvesting")

This "harvesting" is nothing more than an archaic, stupid, and evil practice. It's absurd that Canada still supports and subsidizes the whole industry.

This month, a vessel owned by The Sea Sheperd Conservation Society is sailing out to sea to, once again, try to publicize this horrific practice. They've even got Richard Dean Anderson (McGyver!) meeting them out on the ocean.

Here's their FAQ on the issue.

It's interesting to note that both the DFO and the Sea Sheperd CS say that there is no link from seal hunting to cod stock recovery. DFO's take on the hunt seems to be purely for economic means - because seal pelts are valuable. So it's just another form of the fur industry.

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