WARNING - GRAPHIC FOOTAGE - IFAW Documents Canadian Commercial Seal Hunt Day 3 Cruelty

In what may prove to be some of the most violent footage of the 2008 Canadian commercial seal hunt to date, the International Fund for Animal Welfare has posted this short video of two seal pups clearly in agony as they are attempted to be killed by rifle fire and in the last case a subsequent clubbing.  Please consider donating today to help IFAW end this cruel hunt once and for all.

Comments: 51

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

well I guess you could consider my personal attacks against the ifaw and the propaganda it spews as a personal attack if that is the case I guess you are correct. But in the majority of my posts your organization is the only group I attack in an attempt to persuade the people to get as much information as possible before they donate to your group. Perhaps I am a bit of an optimus but
I would hope that a group like the ifaw would at least respect the right of free speech but like I have stated before I guess it only lasts as long as it dosent hurt the bottom line.
sincerely rick
(By the way I had several posts in this thread i believe were deleted this year)

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

I didn't realize my email address wouldn't show up under my name. So, if you are concerned about any posts here, or no longer here, I can be reached at LGerow@IFAW.org. I'm happy to discuss anything related to this blog or website with you.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

I'm the blog moderator, and wanted to remind everyone that personal attacks and threats aren't welcomed here. Discussion is fine, but when you stop talking about the seal hunt and start talking about each other, you're pretty much off-topic. There are obviously a lot of intelligent people with strong opinions on both sides, and I'm happy to see those opinions expressed as long as you can do it without hurling insults at each other. Feel free to email me if you need any clarification or assistance. Thank you!
Leigh-Ann (a Canadian who does not support the seal hunt)

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

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Rick, I deleted a number of posts written by you, but I did it almost a year ago. If those are the posts you're referring to, I deleted anything which was condescending or which contained personal attacks, and I guess a number of your posts fell under that umbrella. If you have a problem with something I deleted, please drop me an email about it.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

Your right Bernard , it is a shame , that you people can't move on from your heritage of clubbing seals , if you think the rest of Canada will support this , you my friend are mistakin . And by the way The european market is a market of Fashion when that falls China has no use for the seal skins , it seems europe sets a standard what to wear, so you can thank your government for that , latest news is that they have seized the Farley Mowatt , which is a european vessel in international waters , got to love the Canadian coast guard , first that kill some sealers and now they just killed your only hope of keeping the hunt alive
like I said happy hunting

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

I understand the need for sustainable-hunting. This is not the way God would have intended for His creatures to be treated. The Inuits have become slovenly and lazy to feel the need to justify this "mass-produced brutality". Their father's long before them did not board commercial vessels and do these over-commercialized killings. It is a lack of respect for the true hunt for food, and gross negligence on the parts of real Inuit people. I feel they need to ask the Lord for forgiveness, and get off their lazy,asses and do their own personal hunting for the things they really need. The world must be coming to an end because even the Inuits are blinded by greed.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

Well Beth my only question would have to be this. Did you even read my arguments or were you to limited in your reading ability to process the facts that I put forward? Picking on my catch phrase is a poor way to try and hinder the effectiveness of my arguments. As for the point of your post it leaves a lot to be desired maybe you should have thought about what you were going to say before you said it. Also where are the hard facts to back up your statement? Posting links that show where you got your facts is an important part of a well structured argument and until you can provide this your arguments will have no credit. Your statement “Happy Hunting .... ya happy hunting for another job... and not government assistance” is lacking in many areas, it lacks a preparing statement such as “the seal hunt will soon be discontinued so…” actually your statement makes no sense whatsoever even with this preparing statement before it. The only possible answer is that in your delusional state of mind you think that the seal hunt is going to end sometime soon (even though these protests have been going on since the 1970’s) and that when it does the sealers who will be out of work don’t deserve to get E.I even though they pay their taxes just like everyone else. Well the only reason that you would think like that is if you were somehow convinced that sealers were less deserving of assistance than other people, that by the way is discrimination and it is wrong. Yet again another protestor has proven to me that they have absolutely no compassion for their fellow humans. What a shame.
Happy Hunting
Have a Nice Day

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

Happy Hunting .... ya happy hunting for another job... and not government asistance

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

To Lisa:
Yet again I have been given the opportunity to give a commentary about just what is wrong with the average seal hunt protestor. At this point in time I have chosen to direct my attention towards our new fanatic Lisa. The way that this post will work is as follows, first I will breakdown each sentence in her post and analyse the logic or lack thereof within it. Then to finish off I’ll do a breakdown on one of the quotes that Paul Watson made and generalize it them to the lives of the reader. Hopefully if you read this with an open mind you will be able to spot the truths and see just who it is that is “an ignorant backwards fuck up”
“Maybe someone should club the sealers and the Coast Guard that protects the hunters like that. See how they like it.” So as we can all see this is suggesting that violence is the answer to this issue, personally I would prefer if violence were not used, it’s that little thing called murder. That’s what is being suggested within this statement, killing another human being because you don’t agree with what their culture does, that idea has never gotten society very far now has it. As for the coast guard they are there to uphold the law and when it’s broken by either side they step in to stop said lawbreaking and uphold peace. I don’t see why you would want to club them along with the sealers. They have nothing to do with your cause.
“I pray they all burn in hell.” You poor soul I really do pity you, your prayers are going to go unanswered. Praying for someone else to die violates a religious rule from almost every religion if not all that I have studied here at MUN (just a reminder I’m a religious studies student) and wishing that they go to hell well that truly makes no sense. I’m pretty sure that there is nothing in the commandments sent from what I’m supposing is a Christian God that would have these men and women on the ice sent to hell; however hate and the desire to kill as well as prayer for the suffering of others are all frowned upon. I hope that when you realize just what you have said here that you retract this statement it’s only serving to make you look bad.
“How can Matt say they are humane? I think he’s on the wrong side and the wrong page.” First of all I have for my convenience chose to ignore the fact that originally you blamed the wrong person in your statement. I have changed the names accordingly. It’s possible that Matt can say they are humane because he realizes that not all of the kills are done in the way these few videos portray them to the public. As for what you think quite honestly I don’t care what you think or how you feel I care about the facts. Like this quote from the WWF about their stand on the seal hunt “In regard to the commercial hunt for harp seals on the East Coast of Canada. As long as the commercial hunt for harp seals off the coast of Canada is of no threat to the population of over 5 million harp seals, there is no reason for WWF Canada to reconsider its current priorities and actively oppose the annual harvest of harp seals.” This can be found at the following link http://www.panda.org/faq/response.cfm?hdnQuestionId=11320030954082. That is a fact, not a thought or a feeling but a fact, so if he is on the wrong side then you’re also saying that the WWF is on the wrong side. That’s just a little fact that I found to back up my thoughts. You should try that in your next argument.
“I have been involved with saving the seals for years and I think IFAW, Seashepherd and others like us know what the hell we are seeing and what we have seen.” Well let’s begin, for such an informed activist it surprises me that you would misspell Sea Shepherd’s. Stupidity aside I commend you for your achievements, you’ve succeeded in doing nothing, I sincerely doubt that you have actually stopped one seal from dying, what you have done is protest a hunt that you do not understand using videos that do not represent the actual hunt, congrats. “I think” there it is again you think well my dear quite frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn. You and others like you may know exactly what you are seeing, however, do you understand, no you do not. You think it’s all fun and games for the sealers out on the ice, well guess again its not. It’s how those men and women make a living, it’s a job, its commercial fishery not sport fishery. Its dangerous work and its made all the more dangerous by extremists like you threatening them whilst they try to feed their families. Tell me something how would that make you feel?
“SO Matt, move to Canada and become an ignorant backwards Fucked up sealer.” To some extent I have to make allowances for the errors that were made in this hasty comment but I just have to point out that in your original message you generalized by the persons name where they were from, just because his name is Wojick you automatically assumed that there was no way that he could live in Canada. That’s just the first problem here. Stereotyping is bad, that’s a fact that everyone can agree on. Building from this we can see how this entire sentence is pointless and flawed. The last figures on Canada’s population put it at about 33,390,141 that’s a lot of people so let’s narrow it down even more and see if that will help, let’s go with just the population of my home province of Newfoundland & Labrador its population was last put at 508,099. Even then that’s a lot of people to generalize as ignorant backwards Fucked up sealers and I think that everyone in this forum can agree to that. This statement only goes to show how ignorant you are. It is clear from your statements that you have never actually met a sealer because they are, no matter how much you try to make them seem otherwise, normal people. They are not the cruel barbaric cavemen that you like to make them out to be, as a matter of fact they are all contributing members of society who pay taxes and work for a living. Herein we see the big problem, as soon as we as a society start to view one group of people as less worthy or sub-human that allows people to justify mal-treatment of them. How do you think it was done with slavery or the holocaust, the people in charge made the targets of their discrimination seem sub-human to the general public, thus allowing them to get away with murder. That’s what you are trying to do here and whether or not you support the seal hunt you have to agree that that is wrong.
To conclude this argument I am now going to analyse a quote from Paul Watson "The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society recognizes that the deaths of four sealers is a tragedy but Sea Shepherd also recognizes that the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of seal pups is an even greater tragedy." Okay so what he is saying here is that seal pups losing their lives is a greater tragedy than four men losing their lives and their wives mothers and children having to deal with the loss of their loved ones. These are the remarks that I was talking about earlier, this comment makes it seem as though the pups are more human than the sealers and so deserve more mourning. Not only that but these are the words come across as cold and insensitive, he doesn’t seem to be a caring individual to me, actually his comments could be considered inhumane. That being said I will end with some questions. Seeing as all men are created equal in the eyes of god and for the benefit of the doubt assuming that Captain Watson is a Christian would it not be the same to say that the loss of any four peoples lives in any accident in any part of the world is not as bad as the deaths of seal the pups during the hunt? Or maybe Paul Watson believes that sealers specifically are a lower form of life than seal pups. Either way my question is. Do you the people who are reading this know of anyone who died recently in an accident? Well just so you know that’s not as bad as the seal hunt so what are you crying about. Now in a tribute to Lisa I have to say damn that shit is fucked up.
Idiot
Have a Nice Day
Happy Hunting

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

Notice how I never pray for the deaths or suffering of people. That is what separates our arguments and makes me all the more human, despite how "humane" you are.
Paul Watson sinks ships for a living. I believe activistcash.com has a nice little dossier on him. Read it sometime.
So carry on, I bet you've made tons of cash 'protecting' the seals. I'm quite glad people like you aren't in politics - oh wait, they were... Stalin, Hitler.. Sorry, I forgot about those people.

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