Seals 3 – Hunters 15


Some strange shit going on up on the ice that isn’t supposed to be there.

Activists from the Humane Society of the United States and the International Fund for Animal Welfare have accused sealers of not killing the little furballs humanely.

hu?mane
adj.
1. Characterized by kindness, mercy, or compassion: a humane judge.
2. Marked by an emphasis on humanistic values and concerns: a humane education.

Ok so which part of killing is humane, is it the clubbing part or the slicing their arteries under the flippers, I’m confused and so are the seal lovers. Precisely how do you humanely kill anything even humans? Then we have this little inanity;

“We filmed as a sealer struck a seal with a hakapik before it slipped into the water. The sealer tried to pull the seal out by the hind flippers but it slipped underwater anyway. This wounded seal will most likely die underwater.”

If it had stayed on the ice it would have died just the same. Apparently it is better for the seal to die by having a pick belted through its brain than to drown by drowning. Where I come from dead is dead.

Now apparently the hunters are allowed to club 275,000 seals in a season. Is anyone as perplexed as me that that seems an awfully high number for a supposedly endangered animal. So far though the seals seem to be winning, only 15 have been got. Put that in persepective when we have this comment;

“We’ve just filmed four seals being killed and not a single one was bled out before moving it,” said Sheryl Fink, a hunt observer with IFAW.

Boy, she was lucky, since the start of the season only 15 seals have been killed and they got to see four of them killed slowly, killed nontheless, as I said before dead is dead, doesn’t matter how it died.

But is there any kindness for the families of the three seal hunters killed and one missing since the hunt began, even a whisper, some words of condolence, nope, not a one. Now that would be humane.

Rest easy folks, the Sealers and the fisheries department defend the hunt and are clearly getting advice from our government because they say that the hunt is “sustainable” and well-managed, and that it provides income for isolated fishing communities damaged by the cod stock collapse.

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