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  • Bridget Curran
    March 27, 2012 - 11:57

    "The way that operates is that the seal skins — I am being told — are worked on for about two years before they are ready to process" It's that what they're now calling stockpiling pelts cos nobody wants them - "being worked on"? Give me a break. The seal hunt is inherently inhumane, ecologically unsound and economically unviable. And now even DFO scientists are saying the harp seal herd is declining and quotas must be decreased. The Minister's recent decision to ignore his own scientists and set an unsustainably high TAC of 400,000 saying he was guided by "unanimous recommendation of industry representatives" makes it blatantly obvious DFO's decisions are based on politics and not science. It's time to call it a day. The markets are gone and they're not coming back. If govt truly cared about sealers they would stop the empty gestures and stupid PR stunts and implement a long-lasting solution that would benefit everyone, in the form of a one-time licence buyout. Bridget Curran, Atlantic Canadian Anti-Sealing Coalition

  • ChrisP
    March 27, 2012 - 09:30

    If the seal hunt ends it will be both a tragedy for rural Newfoundland and a defeat for logic, truth and fairness. For many years the anti-sealing activists have used lies, half-truths, propaganda and intimidation to force their agenda down people's throats like a glorified schoolyard bully. I will never understand how these childish and hateful people managed to sucker Europe into believing their radical, reactionary tripe. But the blame is not theirs alone. The Canadian government has often given their vocal support in the media for the seal hunt, but have done little or nothing concrete to help it. Where is the trade deal with China we were promised? The seal population in eastern Canada grows out of control year by year. Literally millions of seals now threaten the fragile codfish stocks off our east coast, and with no predator other than man having sufficient numbers and techniques to keep their growing numbers in check, the end of the seal hunt will leave us facing a possible ecological disaster in coming years. It's amazing how those groups who falsely claim to protect nature so often end up harming it through their inexcusable short-sightedness.

    • Natalia
      March 28, 2012 - 00:30

      Are you serious???? Have some compassion for animals that feel as much as you do. I have seen the videos and pictures of those seals suffering at the hands of the killers! The trade needs to end, it doesn't even employ many workers so it wouldn't be too hard for the government to help find them work. Its also a reason why people wont travel to Canada, and tourism can help bring money to Canada not a dying industry.

    • Marie
      March 28, 2012 - 06:08

      No-one 'suckered' Europe into banning sealskin trade - we are not ignorant here in Europe, and it is ridiculous to imply that the EU don't make decisions after much research. Ethics come first, and money should never lead us to overlook what's right & wrong. Killing any living creature is wrong, end of story. It is prescribed in every religion, but it has been buried over centuries so that people can continue with their cruel & unconscious ways. That includes Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. If you don't believe that read this well researched book: 'Vegetarianism and the world religions'. We don't need to balance nature, nature has always, and will always balance itself out. Culling animals is wrong & misguided. Killing animals and supporting those that kill them, is a serious crime for which there are serious karmic consequences, both during & after life. To live purely we must not harm other living beings, physically or mentally. The world is spiritually evolving Canada, so catch up!

  • macky
    March 27, 2012 - 08:48

    Why don't the sealers just accept the fact that the seal fishery is "dead". The writing is on the wall, there are just no markets and they are living in a fools paradise.

  • Not Me
    March 27, 2012 - 08:04

    Who cares.