We’re to be ‘proud’ for protecting a bloodbath? (By Whitehorse Star on November 29, 2013 at 5:07 pm)
Slaughtering seals is cruel, inhumane and unethical. The European public has spoken loud and clear. For ethical reasons, they do not want what the seal industry is selling – the body parts of seals.Period!
Yukon MP Ryan Leef, on the iconic (?) CBC on Monday, said:“We are proud to protect a traditional, sustainable and historic way of life for Canadian sealers across this great country.” And all this makes the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of seals annually ethical, Mr. Leaf?
Is it not inhumane to slaughter these animals? You cannot force the public in a democratic society to support what they don’t want to support. Get it?
This ban has sparked an interview, again on CBC, with a Dawson fashion designer who uses fur that belongs to wildlife for human desires – fashion. She said she does not use seal body parts in her business, and is not concerned that the fur industry will suffer from an import ban as well.
I am sure the fur industry, too, will some day become banned from exporting animal parts to the world. This fashion designer went on to say that fur is humanely harvested, and fur harvesters are stewards of the land, and fur is a green product.
She did not back this use of language with any logic. And I have become used to CBC North hosts not asking tough questions that deconstruct the ethics and language used by the animal use industries.
CBC: Is it your mandate to support, condone and glorify the exploitation and killing of non-humans? The public, not the animal, uses industries, and all its spokespeople will decide what they will or will not support when it comes to the well-being of sentient beings.
For the animals!
Ethics’ win over economics has made a historic statement (By Whitehorse Star on November 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm)
Congratulations to the European Union (EU) for banning all seal products because of the beyond description wholesale slaughter of between 325,000 and 500,000 baby harp seals off Canada’s east coast each year.
It’s about time that ethics got one over on economics, even though the hunt was never economically sustainable to begin with.
Another big pat on the back to the World Trade Organization for honouring their right to do so.
No country has a moral or legal obligation to take part in something it finds reprehensible.
No country can be forced to buy something its citizens don’t want, need and find disgusting. These are sovereign countries, and they can purchase or refuse to purchase anything they want.
Not sure why the CBC or Ryan “Window Dressing” Leef and the government try to incorporate the Inuit into the yearly genocide off the East Coast.
The Inuit don’t take part in that slaughter of baby harp seals.
That hunt is the reason for the EU ban, not some Ma and Pa operations selling some ringed, bearded, hooded, and harbour seals in the Far North.
It’s unfortunate that they lose that income from this ban, but they had nothing to do with it nor the reasoning for it.
The EU is not going to reverse a ban based on the East Coast’s annual slaughter supported by all of Europe to compensate for a few northern communities.
The Inuit do take harp seals as adults. And, according to reports by the North American Marine Mammal Commission, the only reason they do kill them is for dog food.
They are not killing three-week-old baby harp seals for a few grams of white fur, nor selling petrified penises to aphrodisiac snake oil salesmen in China.
The only plant that even provides this product was, until last week, in Dildo, Nfld. and Labrador. I kid you not.
There are no indigenous people involved in the cause for the EU ban nor any other ban involving seals. Seal bans are a result of the East Coast slaughter of babies.
Even Greenland has a ban on Canadian seal products for moral reasons – and their people are perhaps the most traditional hunters on this planet. Denmark also.
Our biggest trading partner, the U.S., has had a 100-per-cent ban for years.
Russia has even outlawed it, and countries like Taiwan.
Thousands of pelts rot in warehouses as I type this, and have for years.
The slaughter off the East Coast is a make-work project for political stroking. It loses money every year, and can’t even pay for the costs incurred.
Now, someone might ask, “Well, what do the indigenous people of Newfoundland think about this hunt and do they take part?”
No, they don’t, because they are extinct.
The Beothuks were wiped out by the Europeans. In fact, they had a bounty put on their heads, much like the bounty their descendants now place on the seals.
So congrats again to the sovereign people of Europe. A historical statement was made. The first of its kind.
Maybe even an evolutionary moment.