Swiler's Ball to prop up seal hunt

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A rally in support of the East Coast seal hunt will be held in St. John's Newfoundland today.
Provincial Fisheries Minister Tom Rideout will be among those attending the event organized by the Fur Institute of Canada.
The show of support comes on the same day as a global day of protest against the annual hunt, which begins at the end of the month.
Rideout says it's important the truths of the sealing industry continue to be delivered and heard.

Organizations: Fur Institute of Canada

Geographic location: East Coast, St. John's, Newfoundland

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  • HB
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    You support, I oppose- the seal hunt is a disgrace, period. My cheques for Peta, Seashepherd, the HSUS and IFAW have just been mailed out. This type of work (sealing) has no dignity. Shame.

  • Amber
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    I'm not even from Canada but I am so interested at why this hunt continues that I will keep on supporting the Hum. Society in seeing that one day this sickening practice is stopped. I have a feeling one day it will. One writer above says he will continue to support the hunt for as long as he can breathe the salt air. Well sir.. as a person who can see the sunny california air.. i for one will continue to support the end of this brutal practice. I hope the good people of Canada continue to want the same. As I have seen there are plenty of them there who want it to end. Pride?? What pride goes into such ugly work..? Shame on Canada!

  • Bridget
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Bud Clydesdale said: The members of all these groups' worst fear is the drying up of funding that would force them into productive honest work; something that none of them dare even contemplate.

    How do you define productive honest work ? Perhaps bludgeoning defenceless 12-day old seal pups and skinning them alive? You may want to look into the matter more and you will see that many activists opposed to the seal hunt hold down full-time jobs and do activism in their spare time. So actually, 100% of their time is spent productively.

    Frank Blackwood says he takes pride in torturing and maiming infant marine mammals that are powerless to escape or defend themselves against sealers armed with clubs, hakapiks and guns. That speaks volumes of the mindset of those supporting the seal hunt - they romanticize it, turning it into this mystical cultural tradition and right of passage where boy becomes man. There is nothing mystical about it and I do not consider anyone who does that to seal pups to be a man . Anyone with an ounce of compassion after watching video footage of sealers killing seal pups would come away saying that it has to be shut down.

    How pathetic that the pro-sealers could not establish their own day of action but rather tried to take back the 15th of March from the anti-sealers. Even more pathetic that the Fur Institute and sealing industry have sent forth sealers and aboriginals to disrupt March 15th demonstrations for the past couple of years. A fine example of how they would like all opposition to the cruel commercial seal hunt to be silenced and for the cruelty to continue unwatched, unheard and unchallenged.

  • frank
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    The message to our global friends and neighbours has been sent out loud and clear by the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

    I have been supporting the Seal Hunt since I was knee high to a grasshopper when growing up in Newfoundland.I have corresponded with our politicians over the years, and they always had an open ear and mind to the harm the so called animal protection groups have been doing. If it were not for most of our politicians , the hunt would,ve been an era of the past. We have to continue carrying the torch in support of the hunt.

    Every spring our ancestors from around Bonavista Bay, and other regions, must turn over in their graves every spring, to see what money scammers are trying to do to the hunt and the people.

    I will support the hunt as long as I can breath the salt air of Newfoundland and Labrador, and have pride in our wonderful people who work so hard for a living.

    Frank Blackwood,
    Richmond Hill, Ont.

  • Aspen
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Bud Clydesdale:

    Interesting comments!

    The Globe has a debate on going today on its site.

    It would be great if you could paste your commentary here to that site.

    ------------------------------------


    Halifax protesters rally against seal hunt
    The Canadian Press

    Latest comment posted at 8:01 PM EDT 15/03/08

  • candice
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Unfortunately for Newfoundlanders the seal hunt is their claim to fame. It's too bad more Newfoundlanders don't see it for what it really is. It is a real setback to move forward. Many investors fear backlash so they don't invest. Many tourists look to other place as a way to punish. Honestly look at the price you pay for carrying out this tradition. Whether you agree or disagree with the hunt its clear it does have an impact. The quicker it ends the quicker the province can get on with things and try to repair itself. It's pretty hard to market a province when the number one thing you are famous for is clubbing seals.

  • Bud
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    The first thing that would be useful to understand in this seal hunt 'debate' is that it has little or nothing to do with the culling of seals. See:
    http://www.wickedwildlifefund.com/abuse.html

    It's fund-raising evangelism! The spokesmen for this are the Peter Popoffs and Beny Hinns of the environmental groups. And their audiences have the same blank open mouth stares that you see at these 'revival' gatherings. To confirm this, one only has to visit their websites where, without exception, you will find a donate link. If these people were genuinely passionate for their 'cause', they would have a day job and fund it themselves. But sadly their websites are their day jobs---their income. This is the only source of income they've ever had.

    None of these groups give a whit about the environment or animals. This is all about money. People have to understand that these people are social parasites. Since the '60s, Greenpeace began to understand that all you need to make money is an emotional issue and enough dupes to fund it. In other words, create a fear and feed off it.

    And they feed very well. http://www.activistcash.com/

    A quote from Paul Watson co-founder of Greenpeace and declared 'eco terrorist' says it all:

    It doesn't matter what is true ... it only matters what
    people believe is true ... You are what the media define you to be.
    Greenpeace became a myth, and a myth-generating machine.
    If you don't know an answer, a fact, a statistic, then .... make it
    up on the spot ... for the mass-media today ... the truth is irrelevant.
    -- Paul Watson in Earthforce: An Earth Warrior's Guide to Strategy.

    One of the websites that drives this bunch nuts is the Centre For Consumer Freedom.

    http://www.consumerfreedom.com/

    The newest ActivistCash profile examines for instance, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) -- a sprawling institute for animal rights masquerading as an animal-welfare charity. HSUS does not run a single animal shelter, and spends a miniscule portion of its millions giving to groups that do. This intentional deception has made it the richest animal-rights group on earth.

    http://www.consumerfreedom.com/news_detail.cfm?headline=2054

    The members of all these groups' worst fear is the drying up of funding that would force them into productive honest work; something that none of them dare even contemplate.
    --
    Bud Clydesdale
    Vancouver BC
    Canada

  • HB
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    You support, I oppose- the seal hunt is a disgrace, period. My cheques for Peta, Seashepherd, the HSUS and IFAW have just been mailed out. This type of work (sealing) has no dignity. Shame.

  • Amber
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    I'm not even from Canada but I am so interested at why this hunt continues that I will keep on supporting the Hum. Society in seeing that one day this sickening practice is stopped. I have a feeling one day it will. One writer above says he will continue to support the hunt for as long as he can breathe the salt air. Well sir.. as a person who can see the sunny california air.. i for one will continue to support the end of this brutal practice. I hope the good people of Canada continue to want the same. As I have seen there are plenty of them there who want it to end. Pride?? What pride goes into such ugly work..? Shame on Canada!

  • Bridget
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Bud Clydesdale said: The members of all these groups' worst fear is the drying up of funding that would force them into productive honest work; something that none of them dare even contemplate.

    How do you define productive honest work ? Perhaps bludgeoning defenceless 12-day old seal pups and skinning them alive? You may want to look into the matter more and you will see that many activists opposed to the seal hunt hold down full-time jobs and do activism in their spare time. So actually, 100% of their time is spent productively.

    Frank Blackwood says he takes pride in torturing and maiming infant marine mammals that are powerless to escape or defend themselves against sealers armed with clubs, hakapiks and guns. That speaks volumes of the mindset of those supporting the seal hunt - they romanticize it, turning it into this mystical cultural tradition and right of passage where boy becomes man. There is nothing mystical about it and I do not consider anyone who does that to seal pups to be a man . Anyone with an ounce of compassion after watching video footage of sealers killing seal pups would come away saying that it has to be shut down.

    How pathetic that the pro-sealers could not establish their own day of action but rather tried to take back the 15th of March from the anti-sealers. Even more pathetic that the Fur Institute and sealing industry have sent forth sealers and aboriginals to disrupt March 15th demonstrations for the past couple of years. A fine example of how they would like all opposition to the cruel commercial seal hunt to be silenced and for the cruelty to continue unwatched, unheard and unchallenged.

  • frank
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    The message to our global friends and neighbours has been sent out loud and clear by the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

    I have been supporting the Seal Hunt since I was knee high to a grasshopper when growing up in Newfoundland.I have corresponded with our politicians over the years, and they always had an open ear and mind to the harm the so called animal protection groups have been doing. If it were not for most of our politicians , the hunt would,ve been an era of the past. We have to continue carrying the torch in support of the hunt.

    Every spring our ancestors from around Bonavista Bay, and other regions, must turn over in their graves every spring, to see what money scammers are trying to do to the hunt and the people.

    I will support the hunt as long as I can breath the salt air of Newfoundland and Labrador, and have pride in our wonderful people who work so hard for a living.

    Frank Blackwood,
    Richmond Hill, Ont.

  • Aspen
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    Bud Clydesdale:

    Interesting comments!

    The Globe has a debate on going today on its site.

    It would be great if you could paste your commentary here to that site.

    ------------------------------------


    Halifax protesters rally against seal hunt
    The Canadian Press

    Latest comment posted at 8:01 PM EDT 15/03/08

  • candice
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    Unfortunately for Newfoundlanders the seal hunt is their claim to fame. It's too bad more Newfoundlanders don't see it for what it really is. It is a real setback to move forward. Many investors fear backlash so they don't invest. Many tourists look to other place as a way to punish. Honestly look at the price you pay for carrying out this tradition. Whether you agree or disagree with the hunt its clear it does have an impact. The quicker it ends the quicker the province can get on with things and try to repair itself. It's pretty hard to market a province when the number one thing you are famous for is clubbing seals.

  • Bud
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    The first thing that would be useful to understand in this seal hunt 'debate' is that it has little or nothing to do with the culling of seals. See:
    http://www.wickedwildlifefund.com/abuse.html

    It's fund-raising evangelism! The spokesmen for this are the Peter Popoffs and Beny Hinns of the environmental groups. And their audiences have the same blank open mouth stares that you see at these 'revival' gatherings. To confirm this, one only has to visit their websites where, without exception, you will find a donate link. If these people were genuinely passionate for their 'cause', they would have a day job and fund it themselves. But sadly their websites are their day jobs---their income. This is the only source of income they've ever had.

    None of these groups give a whit about the environment or animals. This is all about money. People have to understand that these people are social parasites. Since the '60s, Greenpeace began to understand that all you need to make money is an emotional issue and enough dupes to fund it. In other words, create a fear and feed off it.

    And they feed very well. http://www.activistcash.com/

    A quote from Paul Watson co-founder of Greenpeace and declared 'eco terrorist' says it all:

    It doesn't matter what is true ... it only matters what
    people believe is true ... You are what the media define you to be.
    Greenpeace became a myth, and a myth-generating machine.
    If you don't know an answer, a fact, a statistic, then .... make it
    up on the spot ... for the mass-media today ... the truth is irrelevant.
    -- Paul Watson in Earthforce: An Earth Warrior's Guide to Strategy.

    One of the websites that drives this bunch nuts is the Centre For Consumer Freedom.

    http://www.consumerfreedom.com/

    The newest ActivistCash profile examines for instance, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) -- a sprawling institute for animal rights masquerading as an animal-welfare charity. HSUS does not run a single animal shelter, and spends a miniscule portion of its millions giving to groups that do. This intentional deception has made it the richest animal-rights group on earth.

    http://www.consumerfreedom.com/news_detail.cfm?headline=2054

    The members of all these groups' worst fear is the drying up of funding that would force them into productive honest work; something that none of them dare even contemplate.
    --
    Bud Clydesdale
    Vancouver BC
    Canada