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  • Murray noseworthy
    December 23, 2013 - 08:33

    Very good article and you are right, Nlers behaved very badly and without dignity to Ms. Anderson and Mr. Simon. Dismissed as barbarians? Well, from a world point of view, any society that mass slaughters wild animals for any reason or by any process is going to be looked on as barbarian. The fact is, there is no humane way to mass slaughter animals, the resistance to the hunt will not go away, it's hurting our image on the national and international stage and there is no market or monetary value in it for NL. There is no intrinsic right for anyone to murder animals and it will always be cruel and barbaric. The civilized world is moving to a more compassionate future for our animal friends. The consumption of meat and the wearing of fur hurts animals immensely. It has to stop and at some point it will. Time for all to start embracing the meatless future. It's only right. Ditch the steaks Pam.

    • Paul James
      December 23, 2013 - 17:15

      actually, the hunt is as humane as any hunt in the world and any commercial slaughter houses in the Western World. Dr. Yves Daoust of the Atlantic Veterinary school did a study a few years ago and found that less than 2% of the clubbed seals (which are only 5% of the seal hunt, the rest are shot...), may have died less than humanely, and this number compares very well with other hunts and slaughter, that are more accepted. how many deer or moose do you think die instanty. and 'mass' or individual has little to do with it.

  • H Jefford
    December 23, 2013 - 07:20

    The Sealers Association should produce a film, that that would include a news clip that NTV has of seals herding a school of cod fish upon the beach and people picking up live codfish on the beach, Of seals found stuck and drowned in a Crab pot while trying to get the crab in the pot, The destruction of the Largest Food Source in the World by the Great Seal Herd that has growing so LARGE " Read Australia Rabbit problem", something similar to NFLD seal problems where Rabbits are that many they are destroying the Farmers Fields Overnight

  • Kari
    December 22, 2013 - 14:23

    Nice column Pam. I'll add my 2 cents: It's impossible for most of us to truly like every single other human being. But it IS possible to treat every single other human being with dignity - even if we don't see eye-to-eye with the person. We need to treat each other with dignity to each other's faces AS WELL AS behind each other's backs. And as for the condescension that is often offered up (supposedly as a form of compassion!!!) by the schemers among us, well let's all start seeing that for what it really is, shall we?

  • Herb Morrison
    December 22, 2013 - 12:45

    Spot on Ms Frampton. Unfortunately, attempting to refute a persons' arguement by calling into question the integrity of the person expressing an opinion, as opposed to attacking the opinion that the person has expressed, is an all too frequent method employed by groups or individuals attemting to discredit an argument, with which they disagree.

  • Paul James
    December 22, 2013 - 11:35

    wonder why you don't get alot of comments on this board? its very difficult to get past the verification and it takes hours to be posted...people just lose interest.

  • abby
    December 22, 2013 - 10:40

    Well written and well said. That meeting was a fiasco and they all looked like idiots.

  • Paul James
    December 22, 2013 - 09:32

    good article Pam, you hit the nail on the head. when people , regardless of the issue, resort to name calling and insults they have lost any credibility. In this case I expect many of these hateful comments, eg: MP Byrne's ill founded rant, to echo , and to echo in the interest of the anti-sealing lobby. They will use this to 'prove' that sealers are bad people..every time the anti-sealing lobby comes to town, or to the ice , when ever there is a confrontation with locals, someone gives them what they want...they want sounds bytes and photos of Newfoundlanders or sealers behaving badly. and we get in line to give it to them. we need to give courses on how to respond to anti-sealing lobbyists, because I dare say they give courses in how to provoke the desired response and destroy any chance of rational discussion. its only in rational discussion of facts, with people who actually want to learn something, that this issue can move forward. on that note, most people in the world don't care enough about sealers and the 'facts' to look past the red blood on the white ice...and so we are fighting a losing battle on that front. but stick to facts and you will win the debate...for what that's worth.

  • Paul James
    December 22, 2013 - 09:29

    good article Pam, you hit the nail on the head. when people , regardless of the issue, resort to name calling and insults they have lost any credibility. In this case I expect many of these hateful comments, eg: MP Byrne's ill founded rant, to echo , and to echo in the interest of the anti-sealing lobby. They will use this to 'prove' that sealers are bad people..every time the anti-sealing lobby comes to town, or to the ice , when ever there is a confrontation with locals, someone gives them what they want...they want sounds bytes and photos of Newfoundlanders or sealers behaving badly. and we get in line to give it to them. we need to give courses on how to respond to anti-sealing lobbyists, because I dare say they give courses in how to provoke the desired response and destroy any chance of rational discussion. its only in rational discussion of facts, with people who actually want to learn something, that this issue can move forward. on that note, most people in the world don't care enough about sealers and the 'facts' to look past the red blood on the white ice...and so we are fighting a losing battle on that front. but stick to facts and you will win the debate...for what that's worth.

  • Paul James
    December 22, 2013 - 09:11

    good article Pam, you hit the nail on the head. when people , regardless of the issue, resort to name calling and insults they have lost any credibility. In this case I expect many of these hateful comments, eg: MP Byrne's ill founded rant, to echo , and to echo in the interest of the anti-sealing lobby. They will use this to 'prove' that sealers are bad people..every time the anti-sealing lobby comes to town, or to the ice , when ever there is a confrontation with locals, someone gives them what they want...they want sounds bytes and photos of Newfoundlanders or sealers behaving badly. and we get in line to give it to them. we need to give courses on how to respond to anti-sealing lobbyists, because I dare say they give courses in how to provoke the desired response and destroy any chance of rational discussion. its only in rational discussion of facts, with people who actually want to learn something, that this issue can move forward. on that note, most people in the world don't care enough about sealers and the 'facts' to look past the red blood on the white ice...and so we are fighting a losing battle on that front. but stick to facts and you will win the debate...for what that's worth.

  • Too Funny
    December 22, 2013 - 08:43

    "But the defence should always be about the facts". Wow, no one thought of that before. Golly gee, if only we had used the "facts" then the EU would still be open to us. Facts are only useful if someone is willing to listen to them. Peta is not making millions of dollars of this because of the "facts". Countries are not closing borders because of the "facts", and trade panels are not making decisions to keep borders closed because of the "facts". Yes, relying on the "facts" have done wonders for us.

  • Starr
    December 22, 2013 - 07:28

    I guess Ms. Anderson likes her steaks on a styrofoam tray covered with plastic and not directly from the slaughter house/site.

  • Roger Bouey
    December 21, 2013 - 21:12

    I agree with you Pam.Sadly though this sort of thing is on the go the world over.There are pros and cons to Social Media.

  • carolyn R Parsons
    December 21, 2013 - 18:08

    Well said and I'll go one further. Gerry Byrne MP seemed to base his apology around the fact that he discovered after that her disease wasn't sexually transmitted...rather than about the fact that even if it had been, it had NOTHING to do with the issue. Apparently only diseases acquired through approved means gives the person with it any right to have an opinion. Pam is misguided and misinformed but she isn't an elected official and answers to nobody but those who hired her and herself. PM Byrne answers to the people of Canada who elected him and he let all of those people down with this insight into his character.