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    Originally posted by Chicago Tribute
    GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE -- Sealers took to the thawing ice floes off the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, the first day of Canada's contentious seal hunt, confronting animal rights activists who claim the annual cull is cruel.

    Protesters dodged flying seal guts pitched at them by angry hunters on the first day of the spring leg of the world's largest seal slaughter. Reporters and activists tried to get as close as permitted to the hunt on the Gulf of St. Lawrence, but their presence infuriated sealers hunting for scarce animals on small, drifting ice pans.

    At one point, a sealing vessel charged up to a small inflatable Zodiac boat carrying protesters, and a fisherman flung seal intestines at the observers.

    "They threw carcasses at our Zodiac and they came rushing at us in their boat and tried to capsize us in the wake," Rebecca Aldworth of the Humane Society told The Associated Press. "This is standard behavior out here; the sealers feel that they're completely above the law."

    The fishermen in the isolated island communities of Quebec and Newfoundland say the hunt supplements their meager winter incomes, particularly since cod stocks have dwindled dramatically during the past decade. They resent animal-rights activists, who they say have little understanding of their centuries-old traditions.

    The hunt brought $14.5 million in revenue last year, after some 325,000 seals were slaughtered. Fishermen sell their pelts, mostly for the fashion industry in Norway, Russia and China, as well as blubber for oil, earning about $60 per seal.

    The federal government maintains Canada's seal population is healthy and abundant, with a population of nearly 6 million in the Arctic north and maritime provinces.

    Regulations require the sealers to quickly kill the seals with a pick or bullet to the brain. The pups also must be over 2-3 weeks old and have shed their white downy fur before being killed.

    Mark Small, president of the Northeast Coast Sealers Coop, has been sealing off Newfoundland for about 40 years. He said the activists do not understand how important the hunt is to family fishermen.

    "I think the Canadian public realizes these are coastal people who live off the sea and depend on the hunt to survive in small communities where the fish stocks are not there," Small told the AP in a telephone interview from St. Johns.

    Animal rights activists claim the fishermen often skin the seals alive or leave some pups to die if they are not immediately knocked unconscious.

    The Humane Society has had high-profile allies in celebrities like Paul McCartney and his wife, Heather Mills McCartney, who traveled to the Gulf of St. Lawrence two weeks ago to pose with the newborn pups.

    In a video message from London, the McCartneys proposed that Canada could end the slaughter by offering a license buyback program to sealers.

    The French film legend Brigitte Bardot came to Ottawa earlier this week. She said she was stunned that a developed nation would still let such a practice continue, three decades after she first came to Canada to frolic with some pups in an attempt to end the slaughter.

    The unseasonably mild temperatures in the Gulf of St. Lawrence have made the ice thin and many of the harp seal pups appear to have drowned, prompting protesters to call for the quota of 325,000 kills to be lowered to compensate for the natural deaths.

    John Grandy, a veteran animal-rights activist on board a plane chartered by the Humane Society to monitor the hunt and report any abuses, also said fewer pups were on the ice this year.

    "That tells us many have died, they fell through before they could swim," Grandy said.

    Roger Simon, spokesman for the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, disputed concerns about a high natural seal mortality this year.

    "There will always be some mortality and some drowning," Simon told The Canadian Press.

    Aboriginal and Inuit hunters began the commercial kill in November in Canada's frozen Arctic waters; the spring leg will move off the coast of Newfoundland in April. The St. Lawrence hunt can last from three to 10 days, depending on hunting conditions.

    Martin Dufour, a helicopter pilot from Quebec who was ferrying the Humane Society protesters out to the ice, said he was not opposed to the hunt, only the way in which the seals are killed.

    "I don't know why they use the picks," he said. "It's a savage way and the seals are too young."

    The hunters prefer to use spiked clubs called hakapiks to crush the seals' skulls, rather than possibly damage the pelts with bullet holes.


    On the Net:

    Federal agency Fisheries and Oceans Canada: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

    Humane Society of the United States: http://www.hsus.org

    International Fund for Animal Welfare: http://www.ifaw.org
    I had several converstaions about this today, people started calling me heartless when I say I see no reason to call of hunt. I mean each year a 100,000,000 sharks are killed and no one protest any of that....
    I LOVE YOU ZIDANE! HURRAH FOR THE MOTHER THAT GAVE BIRTH TO YOU!

  • #2
    ya i agree. These clowns like paul mccartney have no idea what they're talking about, if the seal hunt stopped it would be a disaster for a lot of people.

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    • #3
      These anti-hunt vermin are worse. They're posing with these cute white furred little harp seals, but the problem is that CANADA HASN'T ALLOWED FOR THOSE SEALS TO LEGALLY BE HUNTED IN NEARLY 20 YEARS!

      What kind of fucking shit is that?

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      • #4
        Paul Caratney's as bad as Bono...........<<An that's really fucking bad...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ondadownlow
          I had several converstaions about this today, people started calling me heartless when I say I see no reason to call of hunt. I mean each year a 100,000,000 sharks are killed and no one protest any of that....
          Tell me about it. The worst part is they cull the Sharks that eat the seals who in turn have no natural way to keep their numbers in check, and then fish stocks are decimated by the seals not only in Canada but the entire North Atlantic because Canada did'nt cut down the seal populations because Paul McCartney said so. Until sharks and Killer Whales are re-populated in these key areas there is no logical way the seal hunt should be called off. Seals are simply not an apex predator, and can become a huge burden on the narrow water ways of the St. Lawrence. I am a bonified naturalist and conservationist. And the environment would suffer far more greatly from seal over population that it would from a controlled hunt. Why dos'nt mr Mc Cartney go bug Iceland and Denmark for bhunting endangered North Atlantic Right and Blue Whales insetead of harping on Canada about a controlled hunt of a borderline nusience species??? I totally agree that it is because of the cute faces the pups have over the toothy shark which drives this insane mentality. Whales and sharks need our protection far more, and helping these apex predators suceed will make environments far more healthy than helping healthy populated species like Harp and Harbour seals. But of course how can the face of a baby whale or a baby shark compete with the sickening cuteness of a baby Harp or Fur seal?
          One convienient location...... somewhere in Africa.

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          • #6
            It's not like this benefits common people. The only kind of arctic hunting I support is Inuit hunting. Fuck the rich faggots who buy seal pelts, kill em all.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by whereismarshall
              It's not like this benefits common people. The only kind of arctic hunting I support is Inuit hunting. Fuck the rich faggots who buy seal pelts, kill em all.
              No it does benefit common people. It makes it so you do not have to spend $80 for a slice of salmon or haddock. And makes it so these species can continue to be viable fishing stocks. Seals do not exist off air. It takes an awful lot of fish to keep one seal fed for the year..... Most of the fur is shipped to France or American designers like your boy P.Diddy who is wearing a baby seal in his Unforgiveable advertisement at the top of your page. P Diddy and J. Lo. are two of the largest buyers of fur. Talk to those guys mr Mc Cartney and then come talk to us after.
              One convienient location...... somewhere in Africa.

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              • #8
                People have been seal hunting for hundreds of years. Should it be illegal for people to fish and crab in Alaska? I don't see a problem with sealing. I think the current Canadian laws are good. They don't let hunters kill baby's, and they make sure the kill's are done in an "instant death" way so the seal does not suffer too much pain.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by gdillinjah
                  No it does benefit common people. It makes it so you do not have to spend $80 for a slice of salmon or haddock. And makes it so these species can continue to be viable fishing stocks. Seals do not exist off air. It takes an awful lot of fish to keep one seal fed for the year.....
                  I don't really believe that..
                  Most of the fur is shipped to France or American designers like your boy P.Diddy who is wearing a baby seal in his Unforgiveable advertisement at the top of your page. P Diddy and J. Lo. are two of the largest buyers of fur. Talk to those guys mr Mc Cartney and then come talk to us after.
                  That was my point Mr. gdillinjah..

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by whereismarshall
                    It's not like this benefits common people. The only kind of arctic hunting I support is Inuit hunting. Fuck the rich faggots who buy seal pelts, kill em all.

                    The seal hunt provides jobs for something like 10,000 people, who are all "common people". These people depend on the seal hunt for income, including the inuit, who probably benefit the most from hunting seals.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by S-DOT
                      The seal hunt provides jobs for something like 10,000 people, who are all "common people". These people depend on the seal hunt for income, including the inuit, who probably benefit the most from hunting seals.
                      10,000 people? That's a lot I suppose. I've never eaten seal meat in my life though, it seems like a lot of work and a lot of labor for not much reward for people. Yeah you get some seal meat and some rich people get some fur. It would be a lot cheaper to raise some cattle, chickens, etc.

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                      • #12
                        I'm just wondering, what's the population of Seals in Canada?

                        I figure this statistic alone could either justify or condemn the Seal hunt as a whole..

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                        • #13
                          Reminds me of the ol' Denis Leerey joke:

                          girly voice: Please don't eat tuna fish!

                          Reg. voice: Why?

                          girly voice: Because, for every 1000 tuna fish caught... a poor cute little dolphin gets caught in the nets!

                          Reg. voice: Well, what about the tuna?

                          Reg. voice: Fuck them! they taste good!
                          the last vet.before everyone got vetted
                          Originally posted by MarshallArts
                          Who's got you quoted in their sigs? Are they as equally worthy as those that have sigged me? I just can't imagine it.

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                          • #14
                            DM!

                            LOL. That is not a worthwhile stat!!! It all depends on the eco-system you are talking about, and it's capacity to remain balanced. Seals are abundant around Canada. They litter both east and west coast and are the only animals on the Northern ice flows other than Polar Bears, which also eat seals. Canada is a far cry from having an endangered species of seal.
                            One convienient location...... somewhere in Africa.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by reservoirGod
                              Reminds me of the ol' Denis Leerey joke:
                              girly voice: Please don't eat tuna fish!
                              Reg. voice: Why?
                              girly voice: Because, for every 1000 tuna fish caught... a poor cute little dolphin gets caught in the nets!
                              Reg. voice: Well, what about the tuna?
                              Reg. voice: Fuck them! they taste good!
                              lol @ Dennis "Leery".

                              " I always feel like, somebody's WATCHING MEEEEEEE...... can't get no privacy. No uh-oh."
                              One convienient location...... somewhere in Africa.

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