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It was with some amusement that I read the letter from Lynn Myerson of New York “The seal hunt and its direct impact on tourism,” April 18.

In a nutshell, she said her and her family were all set to visit Canada but changed their minds because they cannot, in good faith, spend tourism dollars in Canada while the federal government continues to allow the “slaughter of baby seals.” She goes on to say that her children have instigated a Facebook and letter-writing campaign to pressure the president of Red Lobster to not purchase any more Canadian seafood products until Canada takes action to stop this “horrific and inhumane practice.”

Let me see if I get this straight, Ms. Myerson. You have no problem with Red Lobster buying Canadian seafood products (including lobster, I assume), and cooking and preparing them in a manner in which the live lobster is plunged into a boiling pot of water and cooked while still alive, as long as Canada decides to stop a harvest that every scientist, biologist and wildlife professional on the planet deems to be the most humane way of harvesting seals.

Am I getting this correct, Ms. Myerson? You have no problem going to Red Lobster and eating lobster, crab, shrimp, halibut and whatever other type of ugly looking creatures live under the sea, as long as the cute, cuddly “baby seals” are saved. Is that what you are saying?

I just want to make sure that I do have your correct point of view. Because I surely wouldn’t want to comment on an issue I know little about. Maybe the next time I visit New York, you can direct me to the Red Lobster you frequent, because obviously the kitchen is staffed with fairies, pixies and angels that lovingly prepare seafood without harming any marine life.

Stephen Reid

Conception Bay South

Organizations: Red Lobster

Geographic location: Canada, New York

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  • Skeptical Cynic
    April 22, 2013 - 19:01

    Mr. Reid, the seal hunt is not a “harvest”, it is a “slaughter”. “Harvest” is what you do with crops, “slaughter” is what you do with animals. Trying to sanitize the seal hunt by referring to it as a “harvest” serves only to implicitly confirm that even the proponents of this antiquated, dying industry are well-aware of just how ugly it really is.

  • t
    April 22, 2013 - 14:04

    Well said!