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  • George from Northern Pen
    April 14, 2012 - 07:55

    I guess if you take what Mr. Taylor said verbatim then it is poaching. Maybe he could have used a better way to describe what he wanted to do, but basically the gentleman is asking for an opportunity at 70 years old to go and get a meal of fresh seal. Nothing wrong with that especially given that as Edmund says aboriginals can do it and there are no reprecussions. I guess Mr. Taylor didn't practise a traditional way of life prior to this and got his fresh seal at Foodland or the Co-op store unlike aboriginals. Sarcasism there folks!! With respect to the $5 fee that is not and should not be an impediment for anyone, but the level of enforcement is ludicrious!! Sure we need rules and regulations and the hunt should be conducted responsibly, but do we need several helicopters flying 7 days a week to protect this over adundant herd?? It is crazy. As someone said better to put that money into SAR. If a consistenet level of enforcement is applied to protect the dwindling moose population here on the Northern Pen as we forward, then we won't see the skies for helos!! And Peter: I know Abel Taylor... Think twice before you call him lazy and ignorant. He is anything but that. Shame on you to use these monikers to describe a very talented and energetic man!!!

  • N E
    April 13, 2012 - 09:50

    PETER, I take it you are not from the area because if you were you would understand. What Mr. Taylor is trying to say is he likes a meal seal and when they are in for easy access the season is not open, he is a older man who can't just jump abord a boat like he use too, I mean YOU go out in boat and jump over on a pan of ice to get a seal and tow it back to the boat at a young age and then tell me you could do it at the age of 70 and it's true that the younger people don't eat it as much as the older people do. Maybe they should open it for locals a little earlier and start charging the commercial hunters who just want the pelts and see what the big fuss is then. I believe the man who is ignorate is that man who thinks that Mr. Taylor, at his age, can jump aboard a boat and get a seal the way he use too.

  • Edmund
    April 11, 2012 - 09:37

    Too bad Mr. Taylor does not have aboriginal status. If he did he could go out and get as many seals as he wanted at the beach in front of his house and DFO and IFAW wouldn't be able to do a thing about it. My opinion is, let the people take the seals for food and clothing whenever they want, without having to pay a fee (another form of taxation). These folk have every right to be able to provide for themselves by living off the land or sea without interference, like those with aboriginal status. Maybe we should have the whole province declared as an aboriginal state. That would solve a lot of these useless and petty rules and regulations regarding harvesting our natural food resources.

    • PETER
      April 11, 2012 - 10:57

      It's the attitude of people like Mr. Taylor and EDMUND that give us a bad name, and give the animal rights groups ammunition. No, we should not all be declared aboriginals, and the hunt has rules for good reason, look it up EDMUND and Mr. Taylor. The $5 fees is no obstacle, Taylor just wants something for nothing, regardless of rules. It's obvious why there are so many wildlife officials around, too many people like them out there wanting to do whatever they want, whenever they want. Pay the $5 fee and get the seals, in season, there are lots of them out there and bottle them then. How lazy and ignorant can some folks be?

  • J F
    April 11, 2012 - 08:33

    I'm most certainly not against the seal hunt, but when you have people like the gentleman described above casually talking about "poaching" the seals and whatnot, people like him give the groups like PETA a leg to stand on!

    • Sal
      April 14, 2012 - 14:56

      People are very quick to comment when in fact they have no idea about rural Newfoundland and the way of life there. Mr. Taylor don't give the hunt a bad name, he has taken part in it for many years. He is a grandfathered hunter who has come to see a lot of changes take place in the seal fishery, where gone is the day when you could go and get a seal for a meal. It is highly regulated now, with the same laws applying both commercially and the locals who hunt one or two. That is the point he is making. Maybe the word "poach" wasn't the best word choice, but what he means since it is highly regulated, he can no longer just go and get one when it is easy access to have some for supper. I have to defend him since growing up in rural northern Newfoundland I know exactly what he means. Government have their priorities in the wrong place sometimes, with 4 and 5 helicopters flying around this time of year making sure someone is not killing seals out of season, when we can't get one to save a lost teenage boy. That is the point Mr. Taylor is trying to make. Government will go through great measure to please PETA but do nothing to save an innocent young boy. So for those who are too quick to add your comments to ridicule people who have known this way of life for such a long time, you need to understand the way of life of rural Newfoundlanders before you go pointing fingers, since after all it is YOU who are ignorant. As for laziness PETER, it just justifies that you have NO IDEA of life in outport Newfoundland.