Processor sells pelts outside Bryan Adams show

Andrew Robinson
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Seal processor Carino took its pelts to the streets of St. John’s Saturday in close proximity to a concert venue hosting a well-known opponent of the seal hunt.
Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams performed the second of two concerts at Mile One Centre Saturday night. According to Carino CEO Dion Dakins, the act of parking a van filled with seal pelts close to the concert venue was inspired by Pamela Anderson and “The Simpsons” co-creator Sam Simon’s visit to St. John’s with members of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

Dion Dakins (right), chief executive officer of Carino Processing Ltd., set up shop on New Gower Street Saturday evening selling seal pelts outside the Bryan Adams concert at Mile One. Here he speaks with  St. John’s South MP Ryan Cleary who purchased three seal pelts for his sister. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Last December, Simon's charitable foundation offered Canadian sealers $1 million to help facilitate a buyout to end the seal hunt.

“Bryan Adams is certainly a staunch advocate for PETA, and we also know he’s a vegan, and that’s his choice. We have absolutely no problem with that, nor any problem with Bryan Adams,” said Dakins, whose company is based in South Dildo. “Really, the issue is with PETA.”

In a recent interview with The Telegram, Adams said his visit to Newfoundland is about his music and the fans.

“However, for the record, I’m a veggie and against the deliberate killing of ALL animals, not just seals, so for those people that want to protest about my coming to play a gig, make sure to get all the chicken farmers, cow farmers and fishermen to march in unity at my presence,” he wrote in a Q & A feature with The Telegram.

On Saturday, Carino sold first-grade seal pelts at a price of $120, with a bottle of seal oil capsules included in the deal.

Dakins contends groups like PETA — an organization promoting the ethical treatment of animals — spread misinformation about the hunt to rally people against it. He said they fail to acknowledge that standards implemented for the seal hunt are certified by veterinarians, nor do they recognize the overabundance of harp seals in Canada.

“It’s complicated with the campaigns by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Humane Society and PETA eroding markets with false information about the industry,” he said when asked about the state of the pelt market. “But all the same, there’s a demand, and we’ll continue as long as that market demand is there and satisfy the customers that want it.”


Population must be managed

No matter how the market for seal products performs in the years ahead, Dakins said there will remain a need to manage the population.

“Whether we like it or not, there’s an absolute requirement that (seals) are hunted. The pressure from the seafood industry will ensure that. The question is, do we want to be killing these animals at a high, humane standard and selling them on markets, or do we want it to become a cull at a taxpayer cost and with no regard for how the animal is actually harvested?”

Twitter: @TeleAndrew

Organizations: PETA, Simon's, International Fund for Animal Welfare Humane Society

Geographic location: South Dildo, Newfoundland, Canada

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Recent comments

  • Patrick Dickens
    April 09, 2015 - 04:06

    Hahahaha. So desperate to sell his product he takes to hawking outside a concert. And STILL nobody wants to be a part of his world of cruelty

  • Lori
    April 29, 2014 - 01:37

    "we'll continue as long as there is market demand" WTH? There is no demand at all, what in the world is this guy talking about. Europe doesn't want the seal products and neither does China! The is also and over abundance of humans so should be start clubbing them over the head until they are killed to manage the population?

    • Holly
      April 29, 2014 - 08:41

      You're an idiot. Just because there isn't an international demand, doesn't mean there isn't a demand. And, to continue to harvest, sell and eat seafood, they have to manage the seal population, because they EAT seafood. Or would you like the seal population to get out of hand and wind up with certain fish species to be extinct?

  • Ed
    April 28, 2014 - 16:28

    I have no problem with anyone who is a vegan or indeed anyone who objects to any animal being treated cruely. I do object to vegans who try to insist that everyone else must also be vegan or a group like PETA who try to stop people from hunting - even for food. I like them even less because of the lies and misinformation they spread to achieve their goals. I also share the same dislike for people who support and fund a group like PETA.

  • Trish
    April 28, 2014 - 15:20

    Seal hunters hunt seals to feed their families. All this crap about judging each other because of what one chooses to eat is ridiculous. If the seal is not hunted they will become over populated, kill off the bit of cod that is out there now and then will starve to death. It is part of the food chain. My father fed us seal meat just like his father fed him seal meat. It's a way of life here. It's gotta be done humanly, but it has to be done. It will control the population and help with feeding alot of families. Incase alot of people have not noticed alot of Newfoundlanders are poor, it's hard to financially keep up with the Times. There are children who are going hungry, so excuse me but I feel the seal fishery is not an option it's a must!

  • Denise Perrin
    April 28, 2014 - 14:09

    Carino contacted media before "protest". They parked a van (according to them) a mile away, took 5 pictures of the two guys there to sell. No pics of any customers and no media with photos. More attempted hype that went nowhere.

  • Newfie veggie
    April 28, 2014 - 13:22

    I am also against the deliberate killing of animals! It's cruel and unneccessary. Love Bryan Adams... very talented and compassionate :)

  • Kay
    April 28, 2014 - 08:14

    Jim, the word "deliberate" means intentionally. It has nothing to do with the purpose (for fun or for food). Your argument against eating plants is invalid. The internet has nearly endless information about eating plants vs. eating animals. Educate yourself. To each his own, but don't make silly, uninformed comments.

  • Christopher Chafe
    April 28, 2014 - 07:54

    Distasteful, tacky and pathetic, the sealers and processors have become no different than PETA.

    • Kay
      April 28, 2014 - 08:21

      Agreed. Everyone is entitled to their beliefs, but why broadcast them and try to force them on other people? I don't eat meat. I have been judged, belittled, and mocked because of it. Yet I go out to dinner with friends, watch them eat steak and burgers, and im not bothered in the least. I don't judge them for their beliefs. Non meat-eaters are often portrayed as folks who try to push their lifestyle on others. Many meat eaters believe that we are judging them, but far more judgment is passed in the other direction. Do I like PETA? No. Do I like people who stand outside of a concert venue to protest someone else's belies? No.

    • Rhonda Y
      April 28, 2014 - 10:06

      Every time a Vegetarian enters the province now are they going to be harassed? Get over it Sealers it’s getting embarrassing to the province of NL now.

  • Jim
    April 28, 2014 - 04:56

    I respect Adams' right to not want animals killed. I think he needs to make the distinction between "deliberate" killing (which sounds like it's just for fun) and harvesting animals for food. I also don't understand why Vegans eat plants so easily. Plants are alive and they are being killed for food. Where do we draw the line? If I were to take that to an extreme, then what? I wish somebody had the time to form a group to defend plant rights and go after all those moronic stars?

    • hmm??
      April 28, 2014 - 09:43

      Jim -- Do plants have a nervous system? Perhaps that's where you draw the line.