Monday, March 27, 2006

clubbing baby seals

It's baby harp seal clubbing time again.

The reason for the hunt is purely economic - the lovely soft furry white baby pelts are 'harvested' for the fur fashion industry in Norway, Russia and China; while the blubber is sold for oil; and the poor hunters need the cash.

The 'harvest' is not a cull for ecological reasons, which wouldn't make any sense either when polar bears are starving and in danger of extinction. Relocating polar bears to balance the seal population might make sense.

The seals are not even being used for food, not even pet food.

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.


Nothing much to report today.


Anonymous Shelley said...

You are aware that those white coat baby Harp seals have not been hunted since 1987 right?

Yes a number of harp seals hunted are young but they cannot be killed until they are independent from their mothers. There are also a good number of “ Grandparent” seals hunted but I guess they don’t look as good on the donation form so no one cares about them.

Most of the seals taken today are shot rather then clubbed. Either way they still don’t suffer as much as animals on farms. If seals were raised and killed on farms there wouldn’t be half the bad publicity.

Of course the hunt is economic but it is not only for fur. Very little is wasted of the seal even the male reproductive organs are used for goodness sake. The oils and meat are rich in omega 3 and 6 and because of this seal health food products are increasing in demand. Seal flipper pie is always served in my Nana’s house in the spring. If cooked right it is really good. The seal meat has also found its way to animal food as well.

Most of the footage we see from the anti- seal hunt groups is either old or done with paid actors. All those white coats you see dying no longer legally happens. The Canadian Harp seal hunt is one if not the most restricted hunt in the world. The sealers are not under protestor eyes but also the eyes of the Canadian government.

There are over 5 million harp seals off the coast of Newfoundland they are in no way in risk of being wiped out. How ever these seals eat the fish that cod hunt as well as cod. Newfoundland became a colony because of cod and for many years the economy was based around the fish. Due to miss management of resources, trawlers (Damn trawlers), over fishing on the part of Canada and other countries the cod stalks dangerously dwindled. For some reason the harp seal population has continued to grow even with the hunt. So in addition to the economics of the seal hunt there is also the attempt to keep population in check. Even the world wildlife fund is not anti- seal hunt. If they were a species at risk it would be different, but unlike many of the world’s whales they are not at risk. As for the polar bear issue there are lots of factors that come into play. Global warming is a major problem. The activity of humans moving in on their territory is another problem. Seals are in no short supply for the bears.

Tuesday, 28 March, 2006  
Blogger Keiser said...

hmmmm.... seal flipper pie...

Tuesday, 28 March, 2006  

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