The seal hunt’s on my mind. But not for the reason you might think.
I used to think I knew where I stood on the seal hunt. Now I’m not so sure.
“As long as one Newfoundlander wants to harvest one seal, to make a flipper pie, or to use the pelt to make one of those splendid sealskin hats – on with the Hunt! Doing otherwise would be a surrender of our character as Newfoundlanders, and an apology for the rigorous and demanding way of life we have known, and which has earned us tenure here for half a millennium.” Read Rex Murphy’s full article in the National Post via the link below. Source: National Post
Ed Roberts, former MHA for 23 years and Newfoundland’s Lt. Governor from 2002-2008, has gotten into the habit of writing little tales of our province’s history for the Transcontinental papers like The Compass. “… few ever heard about the mutiny that claimed the SS Diana, one of the best-known wooden sealing vessels,” writes Roberts. “They had fallen to quarrelling among themselves, because after they set her afire they realized that by doing so they had destroyed their year’s voyage, and thus forfeited any earnings. Their income was to come from a share of the sale of the 7,000 seals aboard her.” To read the interesting tale, click the link below! Source: The Compass
Saying that the sensational displays of protest against the seal hunt had to be countered by sensational displays of support, Cape Breton fiddler Ashley MacIsaac challenged animal rights activists in Windsor, Ont., on Friday. On Friday, two members of PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, dressed up in skimpy police women costumes and handed out fake tickets to people wearing clothes made from fur, leather, wool or exotic animal skins…. then MacIsaac showed up unannounced wearing a fur coat and a pink hand-lettered sign, and said many people don’t understand what it is like to make a living on the ice. He said he is in favour of the ethical treatment of animals, but that he supports hunting, and backs the seal hunt. “It is a welcome sight to see someone recognize how we earn our living and are not afraid to say so. It is part…
Department of Fisheries and Oceans officials have confirmed that this seal hunting season has been the worst since the early 1990’s when the industry struggled to recover from a European ban on the importation of white pelts from young harp seals. The total number of harp seals killed in the 2011 commercial harvest was about 38,000 — less than 10 per cent of the allowable catch, set at 400,000. The industry’s latest slump is the result of a shrinking world market and poor ice conditions in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and off the north coast of Newfoundland.