Government Criticizes IFAW for calling pups "Babies".

Fink02_web Tomorrow, the seal hunt in the southern part of the Gulf of St. Lawrence is set to open. This hunt covers the area we’ve been visiting for the past two weeks. All of the seals that are in our most recent footage and the still images which we’ve fed out to the global news markets are now targets for tomorrow’s hunt. Many of the whitecoat seals we spotted two weeks ago are starting to molt their fur and become silvery beater pups. These same seals, which were illegal to hunt two weeks ago, are now fair game for sealers.

The Canadian government often criticizes us for calling the hunted seals “babies.” They like to say that while whitecoats are babies, beaters are not. What the government neglects to say is that beaters are only two weeks older than whitecoats – they are essentially pups, still in their formative stages. Still learning how to swim. Still learning how to feed themselves. Sometimes, these seals haven’t even had their first solid meal. These are the seals that the hunters will target tomorrow.

Today, IFAW’s surveillance team headed out to the Cabot Strait again to see what was out there. The report back was that there was even more open water than in previous flights. This lack of ice won’t stop the hunters from collecting their share of the 270,000 seals the government allows to be killed. In these conditions, seals are shot in the open water and often times drown before they can be retrieved.

Comments: 6

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

Every living thing on this earth needs to survive. From the smallest Ant to the biggest Elephant. From the poorest child in Africa to a filthy rich person in Beverly Hills. The difference is how we do it and what we have to do to deserve that warm meal at the end of the day. The chance to see our own children grow older day by day, not knowing how daddy got, what is now, in his belly.
I feel for these men because they have to wake up in the morning and de-humanize themselves day by day, weeks after weeks... Hearing all the grunting, howling, blood splatering, skull crushing, of all the seal they kill. And for what...
To feed their children. Some it is true. Others, I'm sure its for other reasons, I don't know, but would like to know. I want to know what you guys really feel deep down in your hearts when you get home and lay in your bed next to your wife or alone after work. I want to know how you can sleep.
I could imagine the 1st time you did this. I come from a very poor family. So I know what it is to kill and animal for food.
If anyone would like to share there life. You can send me an email lodes_37@yahoo.com. I wouldn't mind talking to 'rick' either.

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

The time is 2007 and babie seals are being beaten to death. People that choose to take the easyiest way out and beat helpless babies to death. The Government of Canada using our tax dollars to help these lazy people earn a living this way. So much so, that the coastgruad cuts a path right to the BABIE SEALS because no one can find any or barely. Once they do find the babies seals all they have to do walk out to beat the babies then skin them some times the babies are still alive.
UN REAL wake up! Canada!
AND We pay for this to happen.
Go to school get a education find noble jobs. Hello, I would pay to have the honor of going out to see the babie seals. Think about those dollars $$$$$ eh.
We need to start to fix and manage our plant better then the total destruction of it. All to make a dollar. Then no more seals. Soon to be empty lands and oceans nothing left for no one.

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

Humans need to be ashamed. This and any other hunts that take place are disgusting. Canadians are supposed to be compassionate caring human beings. InEngland fox hunting has been banned for a while now, come on Canada step up nobody needs to wear fur coats in this day and age. Whats wrong with fake fur.

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

I agree. As a marine biologist, I have heard endless arguments for and against the harvest of all marine organisms, and from my studies I've learned that seals are biologically not one of the biggest issues in the ocean. There are other harvests that have a much greater effect on the marine creatures involved, but nobody is making a fuss because they're not cute. When the fish stocks off the East Coast of Canada were being depleted, was it a big deal in the media? No. Those stocks are still being depleted today. Do people contribute money to organizations to stop flounder bycatch? No. Seals are cute and are easily marketed to the public. Sealers are made to look barbaric by organizations like IFAW and Sea Sheppard because seals are a big money draws.
Death is never fun to watch, and killing cute and cuddly animals always looks inhumane, but compared to the slaughter of most animals (chickens, pigs, cows, sheep, etc.) the seal hunt is a walk in the park.

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

To sealers, killing seals is no worse than killing any animal for meat. It is not done for fun; it is done for a living, and is especially valuable as cod and other fisheries crash. Animals die for us too, even if we don't hold the weapons. They die to to give us the food, housing space, mined metals and other goods that we use.
No, I don't want seals to be killed. It hurts to read about their deaths and I wish the hunt could be ended. But sealers are not soulless. They are just humans trying to survive in a harsh place.

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

I am shocked at what these murderers call these innocent babies 'beaters.' I would assume that in their sick minds that this makes these babies less important. And then they can go about their business of torturing and then skinning them alive, less meaningful?
These babies were put here for their own reasons, and it was not so we could wear their fur! If that were true, we'd be wearing fur, and we're not!
May God have mercy on their sorry souls, if indeed they have one. For a human to have one, they have to show they have one, and I think as we watch these murderers shoot, beat and then skin these innocents, it shows they are void of any kind of a soul!

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