April 23, 2016

Latest “green” spin sounds racist: Now only “non-aboriginal seal hunt” is bad?

David MenziesMission Specialist

It’s spring! Along with April showers and May flowers, you can bet seal hunt protestors will be out in full force trying yet again to destroy a Canadian industry.

Same old, same old, except there is something new: when it comes to the anti-seal hunt narrative, not all hunters are created equal. The deciding factor on who gets a free pass is — race!

It says so right here in this Huffington Post column by Sheryl Fink, the Director of the seal program for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. The lead paragraph says:

”With sadness I read the news this week: the non-aboriginal seal hunt is set to open off the East Coast of Canada.”

Did you catch that about the “non-aboriginal seal hunt”? Fink supports a race-based seal hunt. If you’re white, black, Asian - no seal hunt but if you’re aboriginal, grab that Labrador Slugger and start clubbing.

Fink bemoans the 468,000 quota. It is a lot but consider that seal herds along Canada’s east coast total about 6 million. They’re not facing extinction, aren’t on the endangered species list and their population is out of control due to a lack of predators.

But “baby seals” are so cute. That’s why celebrities fly to ice floes, posing for photo-ops before zipping back to their mansions. And for animal welfare racketeers, selling stuffed toys in their image is lucrative.

Shouldn’t critters facing extinction be a priority? Who mourns for the Asiatic Wild Ass? With fewer than 5,000 in the world today, they’re endangered and could be extinct in a decade or two but celebs don’t care because it’s one ugly donkey.

There are over 41,000 animals on the endangered species list but good luck selling trinkets in the shape of a Leatherback Turtle.

In summary, seal hunting is bad except when done by a specific race and picking the species to fight for is driven by optics, not logic. Animal rights zealots choose non-threatened pretty animals and toss the threatened-but-ugly ones under the animal welfare bus.

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commented 2016-04-25 21:32:42 -0400
This is just a distraction from the real problem facing Canada now.
commented 2016-04-25 18:18:14 -0400
<i>The deciding factor on who gets a free pass is — race!</i>

While I agree with the vast majority of what Menzies said in this piece, I do not like using the word “race” in this context. In my opinion, there is only race – the human race – and all people are members of it. If you disagree, I challenge you to list the different races for me. I’ve heard phrases like “the Jewish race” and “the Irish race”: are these really “races”? Or just groupings of people with a distinctive culture?
commented 2016-04-25 09:54:08 -0400
Poor seals!
Let’s not even think about the millions of hogs, beef, chickens or turkeys slaughtered every day to put meat on our plates.
Oops, I forgot, these “mega agricultural businesses” ar taxed and controlled by mutinational corporations and governments whereas the Newfoundland hunters are less regulated and there is no big corporation which benefits from the seal slaughter.
It is also a Canadian cultural thing and therefore of no value.
commented 2016-04-25 06:55:49 -0400
Nothing like a little enviromental apartheid.
commented 2016-04-25 04:36:09 -0400
Best of luck attacking Newfoundland’s seal industry now. Oil is shot. Now the seal hunt is one of the few ways people can get their EI stamps. Newfoundlanders are really broke right now. I wouldn’t go there to try to take someone’s job right now. You might end up at a dentist.

Also, the quota doesn’t get even 10 percent filled so maybe leave the Newfies alone this year so they can maybe even do half the quota, so they don’t starve and drain the welfare state even more
commented 2016-04-24 22:59:45 -0400
Sealing the Fate of the Asiatic Wild Ass’
commented 2016-04-24 17:33:08 -0400
If you want the truth about seal herds try living on the East Coast rather than flying in and out for a “photo op”… All East Coast fishermen, and especially those that tend herring weirs, carry shotguns to deal with the hordes of seals… And they will also point out that seals are “one bite bastards” when it comes to their mode of eating… Rather than consuming a large fish when they catch one, they take one bite and move on to the next one, thus wasting tons and tons of potential food….. But you’re not going to hear that from the Sheryl Finks of the world, are you?…
commented 2016-04-24 13:28:22 -0400
Glenn Craig said, “… in fact when they are around mussel lines they eat more mussels than star fish.”

Which is a travesty. Mussels are delicious. Well, will just have to eat the mussels by proxy … eat the seals instead.
commented 2016-04-24 02:25:29 -0400
Don’t forget about the non aboriginal humpback whale hunt.
commented 2016-04-24 02:22:08 -0400
I believe Bridget Bardotte’s group has spoken out against Halal,one of the few with a standard for everyone.
commented 2016-04-24 02:19:52 -0400
You progressive green hypocrites know what is way more brutal than seal hunting? HALAL is, but of course not a damn peep against that.
commented 2016-04-23 23:17:09 -0400
@kieth Barnes….to the best of my knowledge and belief there are no coral reefs off Atlantic Canada where the “non-aboriginal” seal hunt takes place and the seals from that region do not migrate to the tropics to hunt star fish….they eat cod mostly. Star fish do decimate aquacultured mussels and the local seals are no help at all…in fact when they are around mussel lines they eat more mussels than star fish.
commented 2016-04-23 22:36:08 -0400
Good news - the David Suzuki species is just about extinct—- there’s only one left !!
commented 2016-04-23 22:30:19 -0400
Human babies killed —body parts ect -— " avengers " quite
You nailed it there
commented 2016-04-23 20:29:40 -0400
Second thought, In the Tropics where Coral Reefs abound, there is a problem. The reefs are dying off, due to, what the Global Warming freaks like to call ‘Bleaching’, but is in fact caused by what is known as a Spiny or Thorny Star Fish. This Star Fish kills the Coral by eating its microscopic inhabitants. This leaves the Coral Chalk White.

We all went to school so we know that a Coral Reef is the beginning of the food chain for Marine Life. In other words, no Coral means no Fish.

The Thorny Star Fish only has one predator and that is, you guessed it, the Seal. There are so many Seals being killed, world wide, that the Thorny Star Fish is flourishing and the Coral Reefs are dying.

We have a choice, live Seals or no Fish.

Perhaps we should think about this, before we support some wealthy female wearing the remains of an infant Seal.
commented 2016-04-23 18:09:11 -0400
El-Logo Diablo, you hit the nail on the head. Funny when human babies are killed and their body parts are sold these same "avengers " are quiet.
commented 2016-04-23 17:33:48 -0400
IF black market is a problem, then that has to be dealt with legally and efficiently. Perhaps that is part of the battle.
commented 2016-04-23 17:27:01 -0400
I love watching all those rich, celebrity hypocrites out there making fools of themselves. I especially like it when they pull a McCartney* and get negative feedback from the ‘non-aboriginal seal hunt victims’, and other attractive ‘victims’ the the ignorant, virtue signaling celebs worship and fawn over.
I get a similar feeling seeing animal-rights-activist bear watchers getting eaten by bears…

Or: “Seal Pup Trying To Bite Heather Mills McCartney”

commented 2016-04-23 17:21:35 -0400
Sable Island is off limits to seal hunters yet the overcrowded birthing beaches still run red with baby seal blood from adults rolling over on them.

Lately it is the much maligned Caucasian trouser snake that has to put up with not only invasive species encrouching on it’s habitat…but also the blood sucking litigation lawyer lizard, the socialist harvest maggot, and the MSM news monitor lizard which has a synbionic relationship with the SJW skunk that is noted for kicking up a stink at the slightest provocation. (None of these invasive and nuisance varmints is in any way endangered but to hear them whine and bellow you would think it was open season).
commented 2016-04-23 16:30:59 -0400
The left is comprised of nutters. Don’t expect logic.
commented 2016-04-23 16:17:43 -0400
Cull the herd, it needs to be done. There is nothing wrong with seal hunting. Babies are left untouched as are their mothers until a certain age. It is well regulated. Correct me if I am wrong as these are thoughts off the top of my head? Seal hunting is not inhumane.
commented 2016-04-23 16:14:03 -0400
Canadians are a lot easier to manipulate & shakedown than Russia, all of the Asian countries, Central & South America, Africa, the Middle East, and countries around the Indian Ocean. The racketeers and bleeding-heart celebs go after Canadian, American, European, Australian, and the Kiwis because they know we’ll cut those juicy tax dollar cheques to demonstrate to the world that we really do care.
The hypocritical ‘industry-terrorists’ have no problem destroying, crippling, or slandering well run businesses that provide good jobs to hard working families. They go after our resource-based industries (hydro, forestry, oil/gas, oceanic hunting/fishing, mining, etc.) that they conveniently forget pay for & fund their childish pontificating. They would gleefully ruin our economy & then when it’s ruined write a silly Op-Ed asking why university tuition costs have tripled, why the housing market has imploded, and why the social safety net is full of holes. They would demand answers.
Is it just me or does this type of pathetic, naive B.S. grind you also?
commented 2016-04-23 15:47:11 -0400
The Menzoid makes a good point: The “save-the-seals” activists want to limit the native seal hunters to subsistence levels of hunting. God forbid that they should make a profit, improve the quality of life of their families and community, and give the residents of isolated, northern native communities a little more hope and less reason to commit suicide!
commented 2016-04-23 15:13:26 -0400
I believe a lot of the hunters are native.
commented 2016-04-23 15:11:56 -0400
That was funny, Guillaume! Thanks for the laugh!
commented 2016-04-23 15:11:45 -0400
Guillaume: Your comment “Asiatic Wild Ass? Last I checked David Suzuki was doing just fine” was so perfectly humorous that I had to run downstairs immediately after reading it on this site to retell it to my husband!
commented 2016-04-23 15:10:04 -0400
Yup, David Menzies, you are correct. Many animal rights activists are hypocrites. And as Anthony McLean said, they are also finks.
commented 2016-04-23 13:30:05 -0400
guillaume i like it ,if not for the CBC ,the liberals and rich protesters with their huge carbon footprints suzuki would of been extinct years ago but alas the nut bars are running the asylum again