Moving in for the kill
- North of Fogo Island two sealers take a break from hunting as a helicopter from the International Fund for Animal Welfare circles overhead. Many seal hunters stop working when they see a helicopter overhead rather than face the scrutiny of animal rights activists. — Photo by James McLeod/The Telegram
- Fisheries Minister Darin King says the PR war between governments and anti-sealing activists is changing. In recent weeks, King has had ”very positive” meetings with two different animal rights groups. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
- International Fund for Animal Welfare seal campaign director Sheryl Fink (left), along with her camera operator and helicopter pilot, scrutinize a Department of Fisheries and Oceans map of sea ice in the St. Anthony airport before planning their next move. The team spends the vast majority of its time searching for sealers. — Photo by James McLeod/The Telegram
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- - April 24, 2012 at 19:11:13
This is a good article. Times are changing, and we all need to figure out a way forward. A way that allows people to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. And let IFAW and the others start focusing on slaughterhouses and factory farms, which are serious issues.
- neil hill
- - April 24, 2012 at 11:45:49
kinda sad how activist are only concerned about seals,guess they know they can pick on us newfies,let them try the same bull--it with the slaughter houses in th USA,which as everyone knows is far more cruel and inhuman than the seal hunt will ever be.The Cattlemen of the US would fix them in a big hurry,kinda sad we didn't become another state.Got a feeling things would be a whole lot different,if we had.
- - April 23, 2012 at 23:18:40
A Newfie will never be seen as anything but a Newfie until you stop killing seals. You people are a disgrace to Canada. Move on and better yourselves!
- DENISE PEAR IN
- - April 23, 2012 at 13:08:49
Come on Denise, is that the best you got..."Animals don't reproduce themselves out of food"?? Really? Let's take a step back and have you check your facts for a minute, overfishing was a huge problem...key word WAS. Taken it's place is...give her a moment folks...seals. Seals not only eat cod fish, but also the food cod fish depend on. And seals eat more cod predator then they do cod? When was the last time you saw a seal eating another seal, that would be something for you green money grabbers to get a photo of. Get real, the major predators of cod is man and seal...and both seal and green man are taking one of the two out of the equation. Just guess which one Denise, you are a bright girl? Pass along the pipe that you are smoking from, I could use a day in your shoes!!
- - April 23, 2012 at 11:32:10
I agree the Animal Rights Groups are sometimes out of control. However, they are right that the Seal Hunt for commercial purposes is all but over - it is a dreamer who thinks it will come back. Sadly - they won this one in the Americas and the overseas markets. Government Buyout - maybe it is time to stop those Welfare Programs. Gee! My carpenter business is having a hard time so why doesn't the government buy me out. My Grandfather knit rope nets and made wagon wheels and based on that I should have a right to carry on that tradition and be supported by the government - get real! Sad to say but sometimes we have to move on and look for other opportunities - even if that means moving. We can't all work across the street and live in Moms back yard.
- - April 23, 2012 at 11:10:24
Our government (Federally and Provincially) should be directing our humanitarian monies that go to organizations to "Feed the Hungry" and re-invest in providing seal meat to feed them. Together, we can achieve a healthy hunt with providing food for the hungry. A nice canning factory and jobs for all. WIN WIN!!
- - April 23, 2012 at 10:14:56
if the prostesters r so concerned over the killing of seals y don;t they just pay the seal huntters the same money they make from seal huntting and maybe they will stay in from the seal hunt in other words (protesters) put your money where your mouth is
- - April 23, 2012 at 09:50:41
Wow they are back. People like Sheryl Fink et al. I would love to relocate them to the world of sealing. Fisher people trying to make a living, feed their families, enjoy their way of life and we have the likes of Sheryl Fink travelling in great comfort over 900 miles off NL. Her views are pathetic and I challenge her to spend five years along a community in the north without funding from the International Humane Society. She'd never make it Folks.
- - April 23, 2012 at 08:40:11
I agree with Jack. Those animal welfare groups are nothing but money grabbin terrorists. They are all worried about the seals whose population is out of control, but you don't see them complaining about the cod who at one time were on the nrink of extinction. Which one is cuter and nets them more money. They should be labled as terrorists and arrested the second they try to enter Canada.