Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The Seal Hunt and the EU

I'm sure no major fan of our seal hunt, but I happily eat meat of all sorts (never seal, though), and find it a bit off-putting that the media go so far to show exactly what the seal hunt looks like, and just as far not to show what domesticated animal slaughter looks like. So it is easy to develop a somewhat false compassion.
The levels of hypocrisy in this story are mind-bending.
Danny Williams can find lots of other cute animals apparently deserving of compassion.
"You see what's happening in countries like Denmark with the whale slaughters. We see other parts of the world where kangaroos are being culled by the hundreds of thousands, and yet they're after the seal harvest here in Newfoundland and Labrador," he said.
"So Europeans should have a good, hard look at themselves."

Even more sickening is the racist character of the ban.
The ban will offer some exemptions to Inuit communities in Canada and Greenland so they can continue their traditional hunts of harp and hooded seals, but bars large-scale trading of pelts, oils or meats in the 27-state European Union.

It should be very interesting to see how this plays out at the WTO, though it may not play out before our seal hunters have to sit out a season or two.


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