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 2016-04-23 13:24:27 -0400
We are going to Newfoundland later this year for the first time, and I am looking forward to eating flipper pie. Many Newfie acquaintances, who used to live in Alberta before the Non-Democratic Party Government destroyed the economy, recommended the dish. So may the non-aboriginal hunters have a most successful hunt such that I can eat seal in a few weeks!
commented 2016-04-23 12:32:54 -0400
Any bets Kaley Cuocco will be the guest star making a photo op appeal to save the seals?
commented 2016-04-23 12:21:39 -0400
6 million seals eat a lot of cod/fish, but that doesn’t matter we should all eat soylent green!
commented 2016-04-23 12:17:28 -0400
Asiatic Wild Ass? Last I checked David Suzuki was doing just fine…. oh wait never mind, you were talking about donkeys… uhm I wonder where Canadians could find the money to help out?
commented 2016-04-23 12:08:09 -0400
I’ve always said to make the Canadian seal hunt’s visceral controversy ……. POOF…… disappear make it halal . Make it a ritually-sacrificial butchery with an Imam to bless the sacrifice in the name of the most benevolent, the most merciful……… & SNAP……. the heads will turn away , on mass, to avoid offending this now sacrosanct ritual enriching Canadian culture !