Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Seal Hunt Starts in Less than 3 Days


These pups may soon be clubbed to death.


Take action to stop Canada's cruel seal hunt.
Boycott Canadian seafood.

12 comments:

Akubi said...

A chunk of Antarctic ice about seven times the size of Manhattan suddenly collapsed, putting an even greater portion of glacial ice at risk, scientists said Tuesday.
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While icebergs naturally break away from the mainland, collapses like this are unusual but are happening more frequently in recent decades, Vaughan said. The collapse is similar to what happens to hardened glass when it is smashed with a hammer, he said.

The rest of the Wilkins ice shelf, which is about the size of Connecticut, is holding on by a narrow beam of thin ice. Scientists worry that it too may collapse. Larger, more dramatic ice collapses occurred in 2002 and 1995.

Vaughan had predicted the Wilkins shelf would collapse about 15 years from now.

Scientists said they are not concerned about a rise in sea level from the latest event, but say it's a sign of worsening global warming.

Such occurrences are "more indicative of a tipping point or trigger in the climate system," said Sarah Das, a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.


Pretty scary.

Buzz Saw said...

I don't see how anyone could kill such a cute, defenseless, and pitiful looking animal. Such sad eyes.

Akubi said...

I don't see how anyone could kill such a cute, defenseless, and pitiful looking animal. Such sad eyes.
I know. One would have to have the character of Dick Cheney. It is just awful.

NotAnOptimist said...

I don't see how anyone could kill such a cute, defenseless, and pitiful looking animal.
Holding the fate of another in one's hands = power. And some people will do anything for power of any kind. What's not to see? It makes me nauseous.

Enough Already said...

Don't forget to boycott China too!

Ogg the Caveman said...

Murst to comment after I got home from my looser W2 job.

*sigh*

Mitchell said...

Sea Shepherd sends a boat to get in the way.

Akubi said...

@NotAnOptimist,
Holding the fate of another in one's hands = power. And some people will do anything for power of any kind.
Anyone who seeks that sort of power is truly depraved.

@Mitchell,
Wow, this makes it even worse than I realized:
The seal hunt survives only because of subsidies doled out to the sealing industry by the government of Canada. It has become a glorified welfare scheme where in return for killing seals for a few weeks the sealers can qualify for unemployment insurance for the rest of the year.

“They say it’s part of their culture,” said Captain Watson, president and founder of Sea Shepherd who himself grew up in an Eastern fishing village in the Canadian province of New Brunswick. “It’s a culture based on the cruel clubbing of baby seals for a few weeks each year and drinking Canadian Club and beer the rest of the year. It’s a culture that any Maritimer with half a brain abandoned generations ago.”

Buzz Saw said...

They don't need the hides, they make much better synthetic materials like gortex and such, so it must be a sick twisted macho thing. If it were only native eskimos, and they needed them to live I could see it, but they don't. Eskimos hunt adult animals. Mean people uber-sux.

wagga said...

Akubi, less than 2 days now.

I read that the seals bring in about $12 million, the boycott is costing Canada hundreds of millions.

Akubi said...

EU considering steps on seal hunt

Akubi said...

The seals are on shifting ice floes and the sealers on moving boats, so many animals are only injured rather than killed. Some injured seals try to escape by jumping into the water only to die horribly later. As the quota is based on ‘landed catch’ these seals are not included in the figures so the amount that actually die is far greater than just the quota allowed.
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When deciding upon the number of seals to be killed, the Canadian Government is ignoring the change in weather patterns that are causing the ice in the main sealing areas to melt early and the pups to drown as they are unable to swim until they are much older. There is nothing to suggest that these changes may not be permanent and the effect that this could have on the harp seal population is unknown. Their response to most of the baby seals drowning in 2002 was to let the seal hunt overrun its quota as prices for seal products were higher than usual. The appalling lack of ice in 2006 lead to a group of Members of the European Parliament writing to the Canadian Government urging them to reduce the quota of 325,000 due to the huge amount of ‘natural losses’. They never even received an acknowledgement.