Protesting the seal protest

Seal hunting time once again. Probably my least favorite time of year as every single day I have to read about and hear about more misguided, ignorant, anti-sealing protestors in the news. Unless you have a legitimate reason to protest, such as being a

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Seal hunting time once again. Probably my least favorite time of year as every single day I have to read about and hear about more misguided, ignorant, anti-sealing protestors in the news. Unless you have a legitimate reason to protest, such as being a vegetarian, I don't want to hear it. And even then, if you're going to protest killing seals, I would expect you to protest the mass production, heinous conditions, and brutal slaughter of Cows, pigs, chickens and every other animal that humans eat. It seems quite ridiculous to me that we differentiate between species like this. We're humans and we eat meat. In order to do so we kill animals. This is fact, and universally accepted.

I think my biggest problem is that every day there's a new propaganda campaign, launched by people who have absolutely NO IDEA what the facts are about seals and the annual cull. It really gets to me that some concerned "STAR" can sit there and spout off at the mouth about the crime of killing a cute baby seal. You would think at some point, educating yourself about the facts instead of mindlessly protesting would be a pretty good idea. I'm from NL, and I've seen and participated in hunting seals. It's not a mindless slaughter. It's just as humane as slaughtering any farm animal. It's also completely sustainable, and for the people who participate in the hunt a necessary source of income, without which many atlantic canadian families could not live. On top of that it's completely legal.

I could say lots of things regarding the hunt. I could say that baby seals are not the seals targeted. I could tell you that seal populations which are still on the rise, are destroying cod stocks, and I could say that the method is more humane then that used on a chicken or pig for instance, which is hung upside down, and allowed to bleed to death once it's throat is cut. And Veal...don't even get me started. The fact is that anybody who doesn't already know these things probably won't believe me. I would encourage anyone to educate themselves about this topic...and anything else for that matter BEFORE forming an opinion. Otherwise you'll just end up looking ignorant.... the same kind of ignorance I read about nearly every day now. And for you die-hard protestors, look for me the next time you protest around Halifax. I'll be the guy walking through the crowd wearing my I CLUB BABY SEALS shirt. Come talk to me I beg you. After we speak, you can go out and console yourself with a bacon cheeseburger. It's past time for people to start thinking for themselves, and also past time for those who support the annual cull to find their voices

Dylan Harrold

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