Mark Critch ambushes Pamela Anderson

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When PETA honourary director Pamela Anderson came to offer sealers a $1 million cheque to give up their industry, actor/comedian Mark Critch ambushed her with an offer of his own.

Critch stepped in during a press conference, in which Anderson and "The Simpsons" producer Sam Simon were speaking, with a hand-written cheque for $1 million in his hand, telling her she could have it if she gave up acting.

"We've all seen the cruel videos, 'Barb Wire,' 'Bay Watch Nights,' 'Barbarella,'" he said.

"'Stripperella,'" Anderson corrected.

"'Stripperella, sorry, thank-you. They make me embarrassed to be a Canadian," Critch said. Anderson has famously given the same quote about the seal hunt.

"There are so many members of the sealers' association, it breaks down to $165 a person. Will you give up your livelihood for $165?," Critch asked the actress.

Anderson insisted the cheque, from Simon's foundation, was simply a catalyst for a government bailout. Dan Mathews, PETA's senior vice-president, elaborated.

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"This is not a buy-out, this is a bonus to get the government to seriously talk about giving the workers the bonus they need, just as other failed industries have done," he said.

Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) president Earle McCurdy said PETA's offer was "offensive and exasperating."

More to come.

(Earlier story)

Simpsons producer Sam Simon, Pamela Anderson make offer to Canadian Sealer’s Association in St. John’s

Simpsons producer Sam Simon and actress Pamela Anderson, who is also the PETA honorary director, are visiting the Canadian Sealers Association in St. John’s today to offer $1 million to the group if it facilitates a government buyout of sealers from the sealing industry.

Simon, who is described in a news release as terminally ill, states in a letter that “unlike recent government seal bailouts benefiting a foreign-owned fur processor, this money would go directly to Canadian sealers.”

Simon and Anderson will deliver the letter to Canadian Sealers Association President Eldred Woodford.

"With bans firmly in place across Europe, Russia, the U.S., and other countries, the writing is on the wall: The seal trade is finished," the letter states.

"(Yet) Canadian politicians remain too timid to initiate a buyout for fear of upsetting swing voters in eastern Canada — and because they don't seem to care about individual sealers. That's why I'm appealing to you as a trade leader to break the ice and prompt a buyout like those that helped asbestos miners, tobacco farmers, and workers in other collapsed industries."

More details later following the meeting.

Organizations: Canadian Sealers Association

Geographic location: Europe, Russia, U.S. Eastern Canada

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  • Rhommel
    December 20, 2013 - 08:09

    Way to Go Mark, I saw the show and as my grey cells have the capability of transmitting without changing data you did nothing wrong! North America ( this includes Cda and USA ) 500+ years of our being nice hasn't worked yet!

  • Phil
    December 20, 2013 - 07:58

    I be willing to bet my million dollar cheque that Pammy and half of the anti seal hunt side are fans of Duck Dynasty. You want to talk of glorifying the blasting of an innocent animal out of existence! But that's Hollywood and we love it. If you have watched that show and enjoyed it, you are a hypocrite!

  • Karlie
    December 18, 2013 - 20:38

    People do need to stick to the facts ... to portray seals as being endangered is false ... the fact is there are millions of seals and they are decimating our codfish ... they take outdated pictures which show precious baby white seal pups being clubbed by barbaric seal hunters and that is false ... anyone informed knows that the seal hunt is done as humanely as possible with guns ... but animal activists know what to do so that animal lovers around the world will dig deep and send in millions of dollars and that's what it's all about!

  • Bob Cobb
    December 18, 2013 - 19:40

    Sad when Newfoundlanders go out of their way to make us look so lazy and uneducated . I'm surprised that anyone who supports the seal hunt actually knows how to work a computer.

    • Bear
      December 19, 2013 - 17:06

      lazy...uneducated....only a goof living on a computer wouldn't understand how the world goes round and the balance of nature is essential for longevity....use your finger for for another brainless comment

  • DLH
    December 18, 2013 - 18:55

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-j-winograd/peta-kills-puppies-kittens_b_2979220.html PETA is nothing but a bunch of hypocrites. If you wear leather, suede (yes, shoes and belts count), and eat any animal product yet condemn this hunt, you're a hypocrite, too - though perhaps not the kitty and puppy killing PETA kind.

  • mike
    December 18, 2013 - 16:44

    Maybe we should be like the Europeans? They kill seals all the time off the coast of Scotland and England. Then they let them sink to the bottom of the ocean to rot. Good on you Europeans you sure know how to manage a resource!

  • ME
    December 18, 2013 - 15:32

    Anyone interested in an old seal skin coat from the 1950's? I have one belonging to my deceased aunt that I have no interest in for myself but it's a beauiful 3/4 length jacket!

  • Colin Harris
    December 18, 2013 - 14:49

    Awesome job Mark! Hollywood Morons!

  • Doug
    December 18, 2013 - 14:08

    I've lost all respect for Critch. Period. The guy is an embarrassing blowhard that made a complete ass of himself. He who yells loudest doesn't win, they look like an ass. Pam should have taken his money and doubled the donation to stop the seal hunt. Use this 'comedians' money against him. That would have shut this idiot up. Folks in Newfoundland and Labrador are smart, good hearted people . If the other countries can move past the seal & whale hunt and find new jobs, I KNOW we can do it too... and two million bucks would have helped open some doors. Critch = a complete and utter ass

  • Seymour Coates
    December 18, 2013 - 13:11

    Way the go mark we should have all show up and throw them over the wharf Into the water and said go swim like a seal :))

  • Phil
    December 18, 2013 - 13:08

    Its funny when you google Pamela Anderson Images, once you get past the porn and bikini shots, she is standing there with a leather purse. Have any of these people been to a chicken farm? Chickens are force fed to grow to triple their normal size in 1/4 the normal time. Kept in tiny, darkened cages with no room to move so that they get nice and fat as the meat is better. When they are ready to be rendered into meet, they are hung upside down on a conveyor system and their heads are pulled, then sliced off. This shortened life is far more cruel then that of a seal. The real problem is that the animal rights groups can't make money on saving the chicken. And let's be real about this, when you look at the income of the people that run many of these groups, you will find the real tragedy. Millions of dollars duped out of peoples pockets to line the pockets of a few good sales people. I get it, these people need a cause. But wouldn't their time and energy be better spent on a cause where the animals are at risk. Perhaps the gorillas, or the sharks killed just for fins. The seal population is not at risk and the harvesting is done as humanely as any other meat product. If you think otherwise, perhaps you may want to do your own independent research. Keep in mind that animal rights groups have to sell a story in order to make money.

  • Marshall Art
    December 18, 2013 - 10:03

    Don't be too hard on the dingbats who arrive here every now and then to show us just how misinformed and ignorant they really are. They provide us with a few laughs. Aftter all, what's funnier than Paul McCartney thinking he was in NL when he was actually in Nova Scotia , or the look on his wife's face when a cuddly whitecoat snapped at her when she tried to cuddle it ? Was that really Pam Anderson ? With the shawl and huge black sunglasses, all one could see was a pair of bulbous lips. huge black sunglasses

  • Enigmur
    December 18, 2013 - 09:04

    I'm a Newfoundlander but I'm embarrassed by this seal hunt...a mass slaughter of innocent animals who simply want to live. The rude comments by Mark Critch and others against Anderson and Simon were also embarrassing. They are compassionate people who are concerned about the unnecessary cruelty imposed on these animals, even if some of their facts are incorrect. It's wrong and crude to lambast these caring people. Us Newfoundlanders are better than that.

    • Doug
      December 18, 2013 - 16:24

      Well Put! Just because our forefathers had no option but to hunt seals, whales, work in coal/asbestos mines etc.. does not mean that the job needs or should exist in perpetuity. Things change, needs change, and you either change with them or join the dinosaurs.

    • Anon
      December 18, 2013 - 16:32

      so you don't eat any animals right? Not even skittles (they're made with insects look it up) ? You sure you're a Newfoundlander and not from PEI?

    • Mark
      December 18, 2013 - 19:36

      Enigmur Finally a worthy comment from a decent human!!

    • Phyllis
      December 19, 2013 - 00:36

      "mass slaughter of innocent animals"!!! I suppose you are a vegetarian then? "Unnecessary cruelty", any way you slice it, they are to be killed to feed us and unless you are taking some silly vow to never eat any kind of meat, wear anything leather or have vinyl seats in your car, I suggest you SHUT UP!!! WRONG AND CRUDE, yes, sir, you are...

    • Phil
      December 19, 2013 - 08:40

      I'm embarrassed by the people that had meat for supper last night, wear leather shoes and complain about hunting a species based on information and photos that have not been updated since the 1980's. Don't let yourself be misled!

  • terrinf
    December 18, 2013 - 08:28

    Maybe they need to get their facts straight and learn how the industry really works! It might have been better used to help the people of her newly adopted country who the government don't see fit to give health insurance, that's the real crime against humanity!

  • canadafirstaid
    December 18, 2013 - 07:35

    It's Christmas and strangers arrive bearing gifts. Would it not have been better just to let them be. I'm just saying - in a free and open country such as our's - let them wave around their fat checks in front of the media. Have their '15' seconds to say what's what and then move on!! To cry the blues and act out in opposition to PETA in front of the cameras is "playing by their rules" Season Greetings to all. cfa

  • Raw seal meat eater
    December 18, 2013 - 07:07

    Pamela Dear, you really should come to Nunavut and wear only what you call warm clothing's in southern cities. We can stand outside and compete in minus 45 to 50 and lets find out who stays the warmest…… of course I will wear my sealskin kamiks, Sealskin Parka with fox fur around my hood, Sealskin mitts and my sealskin pants. I also dare you to stay outside naked all you want and we'll see how long you can last, at the end I be very happy to feed you my specialty fried seal with onions with backed potatoes and of course tea and bannock for dessert.

  • kzero
    December 18, 2013 - 02:27

    Good job sam! One day they will realize killing seals for fur is wrong.hopefully before they drive them all to extinction. ....wake up people! Its 2013 and you have no need for killing seals! It damages the ecosystem more then you realize.

    • Rachael Anningson
      December 18, 2013 - 08:48

      Sorry to disagree, but as an animal enthusiast and also a marine biologist- I FULLY support the seal hunt... Contrary to your statement and previous statements, seal populations have increased at an alarming rate in the last decade. Without the seal industry fish stocks would become dangerously low and reek even greater havoc on our ecosystem. And no, seals are not just killed for their fur, their meat is also a much needed source of protein in Northern Canadian communities. I am the first to agree that in the past, seals were killed inhumanely, however this is no longer the case, in fact hunting seals is no different than hunting moose or deer.

    • Vex Murphy
      December 18, 2013 - 09:15

      Seals are at double what their population was during the height of the seal harvest. 9-10 million animals at a time when there has never been less for them to eat; their primary food source, cod, has never been so scarce. If you are legitimately concerned for the ecosystem you would be screaming for an expansion of the hunt or at very least a cull, to reduce the seal population which has been allowed to explode from lack of predation. At least while there is still some value in the animals, we can convince sealers to risk their lives to perform the cull for us, rather than wait until when there will be nobody to put the starving animals out of their misery. Maybe when there are millions of rotting seal carcasses on our beaches, a harvest will make some sense. This ignorance of fact reveals your objection to the seal harvet as pure knee-jerk emotionalism and nothing more.

    • Vickie Okpik
      December 18, 2013 - 10:16

      Way to go Mark! I suggest Pamela Anderson to stay where she belongs in America and stop bothering us Canadians. You think you can buy our way of life. Why don't you go buy off sheep farmers in Australia for Ugg boots as well. She is so dumb!

  • seal lover
    December 18, 2013 - 01:54

    They are bringing to light that we dont need to kill seals anymore .The goverment should do more to stop this.Jive them money other jobs etc to stop the killing of seals all the harper goverment is worried about is votes its sad.Its a real brutal pratice and should stop period.

    • taxpayertoo
      December 20, 2013 - 13:14

      If you give a man a fish you feed him for a meal if you teach him how to fish you feed him for life. Insert seal instead of fish. Destroying the seal hunt is destroying a way of life none of us have the right to destroy.

  • John Gardner
    December 17, 2013 - 23:16

    As a Newfoundlander and Labradorian I was shock that any media outlet in Canada would publish this. Then again I was appalled at the so called actress and the dying man and what he is doing with such little time on this earth left. If he truly wanted to donate his monies why not donate it to a worthwhile cause. Let's say to the Fur industry of the province to make fur coats, mittens and seal skin boots for the homeless in this country and the Syrians freezing because of a civil war. Now that would be a true media coup. Then again the provincial and federal government could do that as a goodwill. I bet no cold person would refuse a chance to get warm. God knows if we don't want to donate to the homeless or war torn countries we could send them out west in our own country because we all know that those poor souls have been in a bloody cold snap this past few weeks It is time to show the world that seals can be used to save the homeless from the cold as well as the war torn populations. If we donated them it would be a political gain and a media gain for the sealers. Plus the jobs created to make them would be an added bonus for the tax payers of the province. We could also donate millions of pounds whoops sorry kilograms of food to food banks as well. Food for thought, fur for frozen.

    • Deborah Beck
      December 18, 2013 - 21:27

      I have a pair of seal skin boots...light, warm and waterproof. I plan to buy a seal skin coat as well. Seals are no different than other animals and should be used for food and clothing. Seals consume too much cod. Why are they glamorized by people like Pamela Anderson ?

    • ME
      December 20, 2013 - 06:14

      you are welcome to have the one I have here free

  • Mary-Anne
    December 17, 2013 - 23:08

    As a Newfoundlander, I think every Newfie commenting here is a complete idiot, not capable of rational thought, advancement, cultural evolution, and the consideration of stopping unnessesary cruelty. Culture my ass.

    • Enigmur
      December 18, 2013 - 08:49

      As a Newfoundlander(not Newfie) I agree with you Mary-Anne. This unnecessary mass slaughter of sentient beings is horrible and embarrassing. Let the seal hunt go!

    • Max Roe
      December 18, 2013 - 08:54

      I will address my comments to those persons who are grounded in reality. One cannot, nor should one even attempt to, persuade those such as Mary-Anne who are blinded by fallacious dogma. The harvesting of seals is both sustainable and humane. All parts of the animal are utilized. They are not endangered. Newfoundlanders, including my ancestors, harvested seals at great personal hardship and risk (reference SS Southern Cross and SS Terra Nova ) to sustain their families during the early Spring when no other form of income or sustenance was available in this rugged place. I take great pride in this heritage. The heritage of the strong, independent people who built this Province. Kudos to Messrs. Critch, Winter, and McCurdy. Respectfully, Max

    • Gerry (Newfoundlander)
      December 18, 2013 - 09:02

      There's no reason why the seal hunt interferes with rational thought. In the simplest terms, it puts food on the tables of some of the poorest Newfoundlanders. The seal fishery is a key part of the income of some NL fisherman, and if you can't accept that it's a rational thing to run a humane hunt of a species with healthy numbers in order to subsidize the income of fisherman, you're not thinking rationally. It's a healthy, vibrant fishery, it's good for the environment in that it keeps burgeoning seal numbers in check, which of course is a perfectly rational goal when considering the cod stocks. It's far from unnecessarily cruel: yes, killing is necessarily a "cruel" act, but measures have been taken over the years to limit the cruelty in this industry, and it's a humane hunt. Certainly, in comparison to other food industries, it's no more cruel than, say, factory farming. As for cultural evolution, I don't think anyone who lives in NL would argue that it hasn't changed in the last 30, 40, 50 years... however, cultural evolution does not mean throwing out the traditions of the past or becoming more like other cultures. If anything, as culture evolves in NL, we grow to value the traditions and culture of the past. The seal fishery is a part of modern culture in NL: we have evolved, and in that evolution, we've come to realize the value of this part of our history, we claim it as our own, and we wear it proudly in front of folks who simply don't understand.

    • Vex Murphy
      December 18, 2013 - 09:26

      Exactly what part of the pursuit of a valuable, renewable resource (in regions where employment income is among the lowest in the nation) in the most humane manner possible is to you, idiotic? You seem to hold a belief that the men who risk their lives on the ice floes do so for enjoyment or as a cultural pastime. I assure you ma'am that they do not; they do so as it one of the few means available to them with which to provide for their families. Further, why do you get to refer to yourself as a "Newfoundlander" while anyone who disagrees with you gets to be labelled "Newfie"? Your rhetoric reeks of lace-curtain elitism and had you any concern for your fellow Newfoundlander, you would at the very least, understand the reason why these men harvest seals, even if you do not agree with the televised images of their labour.

    • Doug
      December 18, 2013 - 16:50

      Do you people not recognize the unending downward spiral here? The poorest need the seals to eat/clothe themselves. Yet it's harder this year than last to make ends meet by doing this. Guess what! Next year it will be even harder. You defend an industry that is becoming less and less relevant (and lucrative) by the day. Yet you vilify caring people that want to help and are willing to put up a significant amount of their own money to help give folks much needed options to possibly open other doors of opportunity. If you care so much about the plight of the seal hunter.. you should welcome folks go out of their way and want to help change it. But instead, you're focused on Pam's purse, dressing for the cold etc.. and some idiot who decides to drown out their message. To those, I say 'enjoy the ride!'

    • Paula Kelly
      December 19, 2013 - 00:33

      Does this include you as you have made your Comment ????

  • Greg
    December 17, 2013 - 22:46

    Go Mark Go!!

  • Kev
    December 17, 2013 - 22:45

    Mark Critch comes from the same unfunny comedic tradition as Ron James.

    • Donald O'Donnell
      December 20, 2013 - 20:05

      Kev, I have to agree with with your observation.

  • Raw seal meat eater
    December 17, 2013 - 21:25

    Pamela Dear, you really should come to Nunavut and wear only what you call warm clothing's in southern cities. We can stand outside and compete in minus 45 to 50 and lets find out who stays the warmest…… of course I will wear my sealskin kamiks, Sealskin Parka with fox fur around my hood, Sealskin mitts and my sealskin pants. I also dare you to stay outside naked all you want and we'll see how long you can last, at the end I be very happy to feed you my specialty fried seal with onions with backed potatoes and of course tea and bannock for dessert.

  • Shawn
    December 17, 2013 - 21:07

    I support Pamela Anderson and millions more who feel there is no need for this to continue. So what if it 's a part of nfld culture or heritage. This is not the dark ages and 2014 this should not being going on. I am ashamed to be a Nflder and it's my pleasure to denounce my home I once called Newfoundland.

    • Gerry (Newfoundlander)
      December 18, 2013 - 09:09

      No, this is not the dark ages, I agree. In this day and age, people should be expected to go out and learn about this industry instead of falling victim to the "killing cute things is cruel" line and falling into lock-step with dumb, uninformed celebrities. This is a healthy, humane, vibrant fishery, and the only issues with it are that the Pam Andersons of the world don't like when we kill cute things. If you can't see that there's no reason to fight this fishery when it's placed alongside basically any other animal product industry (ie. compare this fishery to factory farming of cows or chickens), you're no better than Pam. And don't worry, NL is ashamed of expats who head off to the mainland and forget what it is to have culture too. At least, in your case, we know it wasn't a "brain drain" when you left! :)

    • Harve
      December 19, 2013 - 06:54

      Oh, come on Shawn! didn't you read the other comments above? Ashamed to be a Newfoundlander?!

  • mike
    December 17, 2013 - 21:06

    Way to go Mark...luvs ya buddy. But really, this should have been the perfect opportunity for Earle McCurdy to challenge those folks to a public debate on the seal hunt. It would be interesting to hear how misinformed they really are. This is nothing but a cash cow for peta and they have been using for long enough.

  • Really?
    December 17, 2013 - 21:05

    Pam looks cold, someone hand her a seal skin coat and charge her a million dollars to wear it

  • Joan Hiscock
    December 17, 2013 - 21:04

    Take a trip to the Philippines with money Pam and Simon where it can be put to better use. . . . .oh that is right, they had a typhoon and you would have to pee out doors. Get a life.

  • ralph parmenter
    December 17, 2013 - 20:35

    they should be looking at thing in the us and leave us alone we did this for yrs, can she live on 165.00 a yr .????????????

  • Michelle
    December 17, 2013 - 20:15

    Mark Critch, I love you. Better she donate the money to starving children in under developed countries or some women shelters.So seals are cute...So are rabbits, cows, moose, and the list goes on. Its part of the Newfoundland culture. I wonder how the sheep that was once her Uggs was treated.....So remember Pam that this welcoming province does not welcome you, your stupidy or your meaningless million bucks.

  • Michelle
    December 17, 2013 - 20:14

    Mark Critch, I love you. Better she donate the money to starving children in under developed countries or some women shelters.So seals are cute...So are rabbits, cows, moose, and the list goes on. Its part of the Newfoundland culture. I wonder how the sheep that was once her Uggs was treated.....So remember Pam that this welcoming province does not welcome you, your stupidy or your meaningless million bucks.

  • Rhommel
    December 17, 2013 - 19:06

    Anderson born Comox Valley Vancouver island, just miles from our favorite Watson the Greenpeace ship capt's Hornby island Mansion, gave up her CANADIAN citizenship years ago to reduce the taxes she contributes to her country of choice now that of the USA. She has like all silly inflatables somehow figured out that Canada is a soft target for all types of silly lies and innuendo spouted by these growing environmental racketeer groups.

  • Rhommel
    December 17, 2013 - 19:05

    Anderson born Comox Valley Vancouver island, just miles from our favorite Watson the Greenpeace ship capt's Hornby island Mansion, gave up her CANADIAN citizenship years ago to reduce the taxes she contributes to her country of choice now that of the USA. She has like all silly inflatables somehow figured out that Canada is a soft target for all types of silly lies and innuendo spouted by these growing environmental racketeer groups.

  • Kimberly
    December 17, 2013 - 18:56

    I believe he wrote her a cheque for $165.00 not $1,000,000. Which is still more than she deserves.

  • Dave
    December 17, 2013 - 18:49

    Pure Ignorance! She made a fool of herself! way to go mark

  • Sharon
    December 17, 2013 - 18:32

    This is ridiculous , I don't think Pamela Anderson could live on $165.00.

    • U,d
      December 18, 2013 - 07:35

      Sure, that's not even enough to pay for her monthly collagen injections. Guess where collagen comes from Pam? These idiots. If everyone made more of an effort to eat sustainably caught/hunted protein sources like seal and stop eating mass factory produced beef and chicken, then there would be less suffering and global food shortages. I don't even eat any meat, but I have an awareness of that.

  • Tracy
    December 17, 2013 - 18:19

    Way to go Pamela, on bringing this to people' s attention. Lol.. too funny ...the good or bad actress that you may or not be, at least you have the million dollars to spend towards this cause. And how did you make that money? that's right....by being humane and flaunting your assets. Which is far more significant than brutally killing innocent animals that don't deserve it because its considered some barbaric ancestral culture. All for money.

    • m
      December 17, 2013 - 22:58

      Tracy, Read the article again, Sam Simon is donating the money. Pam Anderson is just repeating nontruths.

    • Megan
      December 18, 2013 - 00:11

      How about people learn how things work before they judge. Seals are not killed inhumanely, they are shot, just like many other wildlife, deer for example, moose, turkeys... etc. Probably more humane than what chicken farmers do. Yes they hunt seals both meat, and fur is used. It is regulated and watched just like any other fishery or hunting aspect. Populations are monitored. If there is a million dollars to spend, spend it on something that has a dire need (not a regulated industry where people rightly earn their wages)

    • Rhommel
      December 20, 2013 - 07:57

      Overfishing + seal herd number's out of control + ships dumping bilge at sea + man made pollution = dead ocean's = dead mankind! But hey don't believe me, just wait 30-40 years. Sometimes fiction gets in the way of facts.

  • f
    December 17, 2013 - 18:16

    Although Mark Critch did an excellent job he should have enlisted some extra mouth muscle in Danny Williams!! That would have been 22 minutes and then some for sure!

  • Wolf
    December 17, 2013 - 17:50

    That was an INSULT today. We ALL do no kill with cruelty. We are caring people who do this for our livelihood. We do what we can with the resources we have. We're an island in the ocean. We don't have the perks that mainlanders have. We have a fishery that is overfished and is our income. Our fishery is dying, not only because of over fishing from other countries coming to our waters but also because of the high numbers of seal eating our fish. 1 million dollars will not save our communities or our fishery. It will not put clothes on the backs of our children or keep the banks from taking our homes. And we are not the only people that hunt. Pigs, cows, chickens, etc. Do some research and come back with an intelligent idea to present at a meeting and maybe you won't get an aggravated response from that insult you slapped in our face. Telling us to take the money and go have a few drinks at the bar. We're not living in igloos. You should have known that would be an insult. I am sorry that we were so abrasive towards you. But as you could see from the city, we are intelligent people trying to make a living. We are also constantly being watched from game wardens and from people like yourself. We do have souls and do not want an animal to suffer. But unless we have a different way to make income, the hunt will continue.

  • Ob
    December 17, 2013 - 17:35

    He made us all look stupid, how can you say way to go Mark? Him and everyone yelling just makes the old province look bad. The guy is disgrace, using the opportunity to boost his name. Nothing more then a low level wanna be comedian.

    • Kenny
      January 30, 2014 - 10:54

      I'm sorry, but when outsiders come into your community insulting and threatening your way of life, anger is the appropriate response.

  • Mindy
    December 17, 2013 - 17:25

    I wonder why the seal hunt gets more attention than any other animal that is killed for food. There are also animals that are killed just for the sport of it. Why do the old videos of long ago keep showing up. I think they should take the million dollars and spend it on educating these people who do not know anything about the seal hunt. It is very plan to see that there are many of un-educated people and they only see what they want to see.

  • Kelly
    December 17, 2013 - 16:58

    I find it so funny that they come here and bitch about the seal hunt to us, but yet all you have to do is turn on the tv and you see the same thing happening to other animals in the US. What about the alligator hunt? Is it cause they are not cute and furry so therefore it does not matter? What about the fact that they skin animals for fur, what about all the reality shows that show hunting and skinning animals in the US, Pfft since Clearly Pamela Anderson cannot Act she figures she will get some tv and press time somewhere else, well I'll tell ya like it is, She is not welcome here on the rock, go find your publicity elsewhere.

  • This subject has been beat dead
    December 17, 2013 - 16:57

    There was obviously no investigation into our current economy before they came here offering a million dollars to the hunters. $165 each is ridiculous. Newfoundlanders have been fundraising to send relief all over the world, both by providing experienced personnel and monetary donations. If we needed money for ourselves we wouldn't be giving ours away. And the hunters would discontinue hunting if it were not profitable because the industry was dying! There was a comment made about why the hecklers were all old, retirees... Well that would be because all the young people are out working in their industries, contributing to our very healthy economy. Hunting has been a way of life and part of our culture for as long as Newfoundland has been inhabited. We use the seals for food, clothing, oil, etc. We are essentially being asked to give up our culture. Furthermore, the environment has been maintaining a balance based on the fact that we have been hunting seals. If we discontinue, the seal population will rise and other sources of food like fish will deplete. It's a delicate balance and the seals are already increasing in number. It is no different than fishing, hunting moose, etc. If you're worried about animals suffering please consider that everything feels pain when dying. Nobody hurts them unnecessarily. It's the food chain... Animals eat other animals. Nobody is petitioning lions to stop eating deer. Let's be realistic here. I'm all for helping ease the pain and suffering of animals but this is a necessary evil for survival. We kill cows, chickens, and pigs. Would it make people feel better if we raised seals on farms to eat?! There are so many concerns in the world today that need attention. Celebrities are continuously distracting from the more important issues such as natural disasters, wars, gangs... the list goes on! People are killing other people hand over fist in every part of the world (even right in Hollywood's backyard) and you're up here trying to deter us from our livelihood? I feel like Newfoundland is being targeted and given bad reputation over this manner when it occurs in other places as well. Celebrities come in here without knowing their facts, bringing bad publicity with them, and I feel like we don't get a chance to defend ourselves because people are more familiar with celebrities than with strangers so they'll take their opinions. It's sad. Newfoundland and it's people are beautiful. Stop tarnishing us and our culture. Good on Mark Critch for standing up for us. And I hope we will continue to push back against these uninformed assaults.

  • Vex Murphy
    December 17, 2013 - 16:55

    Only witless Hollywood trash like Anderson would offer $165 to men who risk life and limb on moving ice to earn a living for their families, all the while wearing sunglasses that coast more than that amount.

  • This subject has been beat dead
    December 17, 2013 - 16:45

    There was obviously no investigation into our current economy before they came here offering a million dollars to the hunters. $165 each is ridiculous. There was a comment made about why the hecklers were all old, retirees... Well that would be because all the young people are out working in their industries, contributing to our very healthy economy. Hunting has been a way of life and part of our culture for as long as Newfoundland has been inhabited. We use the seals for food, clothing, oil, etc. We are essentially being asked to give up our culture. Furthermore, the environment has been maintaining a balance based on the fact that we have been hunting seals. If we discontinue, the seal population will rise and other sources of food like fish will deplete. It's a delicate balance and the seals are already increasing in number. It is no different than fishing, hunting moose, etc. There are so many issues in the world today that need attention. Celebrities are continuously distracting from the more important issues such as natural disasters, wars, gangs... the list goes on! Newfoundlanders have been fundraising to send relief to some of those places. If we needed money for ourselves we wouldn't be giving ours away. And the hunters would discontinue hunting if it were not profitable because the industry was dying! I feel like Newfoundland is being targeted and given bad reputation over this manner when it occurs in other places as well. Celebrities come in here without knowing their facts, bringing bad publicity with them, and I feel like we don't get a chance to defend ourselves because people are more familiar with celebrities than with strangers so they'll take their opinions. Good on Mark Critch for standing up for us. And I hope we will continue to push back against these uninformed assaults.

  • ELSH
    December 17, 2013 - 16:45

    One other note... Simon says that the Sealing industry is a "failing" one like Tobacco farming, asbstos industry and others... these industries that Simple Simon made reference to Killed People not Animals... Didn't see them (Peta) out throwing their money at that, did we??? Get a reality check going for yourselves, PETA !!!!

  • ELSH
    December 17, 2013 - 16:38

    The only thing that one can say about PETA, Pamela Anderson and the new bandwagon jumper, Sammy Simon (as simple as that may truly be... but then he gave the world the social misfit, Bart Simpson) and that is : How empty,their lives must be, how naive these poor followers must be, how misinformed they are about the real world (it ain't Hollywood on the Ice Floes ) when Newfoundlanders carry on a thriving Four Hundred year old industry and tradition (one that kept Families alive over those 400 years), when there was little to eat in the dead of winter) and to insult our culture by offering a $1M cheque to cease and desist ; while you are visiting why not take in some of our fresh, unpolluted, pristine air and climate and try to get in touch with our local Folk, see what it means and has meant to our culture and perhaps, yes perhaps you might learn a lesson in Humanity !!! If you know how to read, beyond a make believe script, try reading a novel called : " Death on the Ice "

  • Done
    December 17, 2013 - 16:32

    The seal trade is done. I see some comments referring to "heavenly creatures" such as cats and dogs, which frankly doesn't make much sense, and others that are simply tearing strips off an actress' character because she isn't afraid to stand up for what she believes in. Turn your focus to the actual issue at hand here: seal hunting is a barbaric and diminishing trade, and Canada is the last to act, as usual. Why do you insist on clinging to a practice that has no future? If not compassionately, look at it economically- you'll come to the same conclusion. The seal trade is done.

    • Harve
      December 19, 2013 - 07:06

      Pamela is simply a mouth piece. Do you really think she gives a dam about the seal industry. You, as should all the nay sayers, get the facts straight. Simply, because someone thinks a seal is cute, is no reason to stop the industry. What's cuter than a little yellow chick?

  • ELSH
    December 17, 2013 - 16:26

    The only thing that one can say about PETA, Pamela Anderson and the new bandwagon jumper, Sammy Simon (as simple as that may truly be... but then he gave the world the social misfit, Bart Simpson) and that is : How empty,their lives must be, how naive these poor followers must be, how misinformed they are about the real world (it ain't Hollywood on the Ice Floes ) when Newfoundlanders carry on a thriving Four Hundred year old industry and tradition (one that kept Families alive over those 400 years), when there was little to eat in the dead of winter) and to insult our culture by offering a $1M cheque to cease and desist ; while you are visiting why not take in some of our fresh, unpolluted, pristine air and climate and try to get in touch with our local Folk, see what it means and has meant to our culture and perhaps, yes perhaps you might learn a lesson in Humanity !!! If you know how to read, beyond a make believe script, try reading a novel called : " Death on the Ice "

  • Joe
    December 17, 2013 - 16:05

    Props to Sam and Pam for standing up for those that can't defend themselves. Commentators on here need to grow up and look in the mirror to see who the "bullies" are. These are two people representing a minority of compassionate people defending innocent creatures. Get with the times Canadians. There are plenty of synthetic options that are even warmer. I already forgot whoever that unfunny comedian was but making jokes about Pam Anderson's acting, but that's real cutting edge stuff there. You must be the Lenny Bruce of Canada.

  • Gary
    December 17, 2013 - 15:51

    Well done Mr. Critch!! With all the misery in the world these a##holes could help a lot of people who are starving and are in need of shelter!

  • Larry Barry
    December 17, 2013 - 15:27

    PROPAGANDA!JOKE! THESE PEOPLE ARE SO SEPARATED FROM NATURE,THEY ACTUALLY DO MORE HARM TO PEOPLE AND ANIMALS THAN GOOD! THEY NEED TO EDUCATE THEM SELVES! AND SPEND SOME TIME SURVIVING IN AN NATURAL ENVIRONMENT!

  • Sonia
    December 17, 2013 - 15:17

    Humm hasn't she already stopped acting ..... Baaahaaaaaa wearing my seal skin boots with pride ....might even have the hubby order me up another seal skin this Xmas ...remember all the photos of that dumb blob in uggs ... She's obviously to stupid to know they are from skinned sheep... Anything to try and stay in the media ..... Psssss Pam no one is listening .

  • Mary Hynes
    December 17, 2013 - 14:34

    I don't understand why they are so against the seal industry. All baby animals are cute...but that doesn't stop us from eating chicken for instance. Have you seen a baby chick...oh my goodness, they are adorable, but we kill them when they get older and eat them! And a baby piggy, how cute can you get, but yet we eat pork and ham and bacon...need I say more? Sure, the seal hunt is a bloody affair but tell me it's not a bloody affair to chop off a chicken's head! Come on folks, we have to stand up against these crazy people.

  • Penny
    December 17, 2013 - 14:30

    Well said Mark!!!! I a so sick of these people and their rights to blah blah blah~~Really Pam Anderson crawl under a rock!!!!!

  • Virginia
    December 17, 2013 - 14:23

    Way to go Mark Critch.......more people should speak out.....how much money did Pam get for coming here....someone is getting rich on her and others stupidity....

  • suzie
    December 17, 2013 - 14:20

    if his worried about animals, why don't he give the money to heavenly creatures, they are in need of money to help save some cats and dogs

    • arch
      December 17, 2013 - 17:50

      good for you mark!

  • Lee
    December 17, 2013 - 14:12

    Thank-you Mark Critch! I have never liked Pamelas acting, I like it even less now! How stupid do she & her cronies think us Newfoundlanders & Labradoriens are? Go back where you came from & leave us alone.

  • Seriously...
    December 17, 2013 - 14:05

    Seriously...of all the problems in the world and this is what they want to spend there money on! Not to mention that this is a part of the Newfoundland culture! This is wrong and bizarre on so many levels. Go home Pam and company....find a new fight! (Oh...kudos to Mark Critch! )

  • Pierre Neary
    December 17, 2013 - 14:05

    Good work Mr. Critch.

  • Seriously...
    December 17, 2013 - 14:01

    Seriously...of all the problems in the world and this is what they want to spend there money on! Not to mention that this is a part of the Newfoundland culture! This is wrong and bizarre on so many levels. Go home Pam and company....find a new fight! (Oh...kudos to Mark Critch! )

    • Gilles Tapie
      December 17, 2013 - 15:43

      Pamela's acting was without doubt much better than what you did in life Newfoundlanders and Labradoriens want to be alone …All the world is getting on your back you are going to feel f……lonely soon ..;and starving I hope. You are so desperately stupid , your world is dead ….

  • cje
    December 17, 2013 - 13:53

    there's another story on here about the animal shelter being short on food. 1 million would save a lot of animals at the shelter. But it probably wouldn't get as much publicity.

  • Ian Power
    December 17, 2013 - 13:51

    I guess they dont care about the Elk Cull every year in the states. where the elk are horribly killed and BURNED, some still being alive while they burn them.

    • Winifred Ryan
      December 17, 2013 - 17:13

      Where does this elk cull occur? I lived in Colorado where there is probably the largest population of elk, and they were not culled by burning, unless you are considering the wildfires. If that's what you're discussing, it's not what I'd necessarily call a cull. You might be talking about some other location that I'm unfamiliar with, though.

  • Justin Samson
    December 17, 2013 - 13:50

    Awesome Mark, stand up to these bullies that have no clue what the seal hunt is all about. Shame on Pamela Anderson

  • Justin Samson
    December 17, 2013 - 13:49

    Awesome Mark, stand up to these bullies that have no clue what the seal hunt is all about. Shame on Pamela Anderson

  • Go-ForwardBasis
    December 17, 2013 - 13:43

    Go back to Hollywood, stunned-arses.

  • Sally
    December 17, 2013 - 13:42

    Oh my!!

  • Paul
    December 17, 2013 - 13:40

    In other important news ,i just burnt my toast !.....YAWN

  • Rob Somerton
    December 17, 2013 - 13:39

    God Bless Sam Simon - Respect Him For Everything His Is Doing With And For The Sea Shepherds To End Whaling In The AntiArtic

    • rick wtaerman
      December 17, 2013 - 15:15

      Rob Somerton, if you think the Sea Shepherd and anyone else connected with Paul Watson are on the side of good, then you are a fool. That terrorist puts human lives below animals. He should be in jail for all the international violations of maritime law he has made.

    • david young
      December 17, 2013 - 19:02

      "antiartic"??

    • joe blow
      December 17, 2013 - 23:37

      come on and get serious people...the only reason they use the seals is the postcard picture...they d'ont care about anything except their own bottom line.....there are more holes in this than any sponge, most of the illerate of the world thinks they are doing great things and this is suppose to help their own conscious, attention is what they wan't and using mediums of the world - helps promote it....d'ont use anything to give them what they want publicity, and the more outrageous the better because news media jumps all over....this script has been played out too many times like her movies - let peta and pam go by the wayside.. they are ot at any beef plants with the cows because they d'ont take good pics

  • Elle
    December 17, 2013 - 13:36

    Thank you Mark Critch!! You are a true Newfoundlander and a true Canadian. The media should not be giving these two idiots the time of day. Mark is right, her acting is what should be stopped and she's so desperate now for attention that she has to come here and display her stupidity and ignorance. Go back to Hollywierd where you fit right in!

  • Nicole
    December 17, 2013 - 13:34

    We really shouldn't give her the time of day!!! Ignore her, she's useless... just as fake as her body.

  • ron hammond
    December 17, 2013 - 13:28

    I wonder where all the money come from to support this" under the rock" scheme?

    • Mike
      December 17, 2013 - 14:18

      Read the article. Sam Simon, the terminally ill co-creator of the Simpsons has donated the cash. Still a crock of crap, but the cash is legitimate.

    • Vex Murphy
      December 18, 2013 - 09:38

      Not exactly, the article states the cash is not from Simon's multi-millions, but from Simon's "foundation": no doubt raised at a Hollywood gala attended by folks with watches costing more than sealer's homes.

  • david
    December 17, 2013 - 13:19

    Standing O. Simply excellent.

  • Marie
    December 17, 2013 - 13:12

    Why waste time on her and her merry men kick her to the curb,she don't deserve a pair of seal skin boots there to nice,it would put them to shame to have her wearing them.

  • Too Funny
    December 17, 2013 - 13:08

    Typical old Pam. She still thinks that poor newfies should be happy to receive a few crumbs. Things have changed old gal. A million dollars doesn't go very far, not even in Newfoundland. And those "failed industries", which they mean asbestos and tobacco farming, failed because they were bad for our health. If the seal hunt fails it's because of the false propaganda spewed by these groups. Old Pam doesn't even know that the seal population is growing.

  • Flipper Pie
    December 17, 2013 - 12:54

    Epic hilarious moment by Critch - fabulous. Thanks for the howls. I feel sorry for Mr. Simon on many levels one been fed all this propaganda. PETA allowed into Canada is the big question here.. do we have border security or not?!!

  • Steve
    December 17, 2013 - 12:43

    Tell them to piss off and don't give them any coverage, better yet I view this as extortion and bribery, arrest them now.

  • abby
    December 17, 2013 - 12:35

    Give her a nice pair of SEAL SKIN BOOTS and send her on her way., otherwise, ditto, don't give them the time of day.

  • Calvin
    December 17, 2013 - 12:17

    There are thousands of people homeless and starving in the Philippines, but lets donate a million dollars to get people to stop hunting an animal......

  • Townie
    December 17, 2013 - 12:08

    Get the hell out of our Province, and mind your own business!

  • Dwayne Cull
    December 17, 2013 - 11:23

    They shouldn't give them the time of day!!