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.