Tied to the mast
…but orange now and black

We made Rachel Maddow!

Canada Seal HuntSo the perennial global Canada issue of May is our “barbaric” seal hunt. Driven by the anti-the hunting of cute animals lobby (constituted by PETA, international celebrities, and Europeans), every years there’s a frenzy that every year generates probably more Canada-related column-inches than any other Canada-related issue.

This year is no exception, but we (yes, we–in case the tone hasn’t made it clear, I’m thuroughly opposed to this decadent faux outrage) have an answer: In response to the European Union ban of Canadian seal products our Governor General (head of state, commander in chief, representative of the Queen),  Michaelle Jean, not only participated in the ceremonial slaughter of a seal while visiting Nunuvut (a semi-autonomous Inuit territory in the far North), but then ate part of its heart. God save our gracious representative of the Queen!

After eating the heart during a stop in Nunavut’s Rankin Inlet, Jean wiped her blood-soaked fingers with a tissue.


Principal reasons why I support the Canadian seal hunt:

  • I’m not a vegetarian, and the meat I consume regularly comes from animals treated far more repugnantly throughout their lives than are the vast majority of seals killed in the annual hunt (who live and grow freely in the wild). That’s not to say that that’s right, but if I’m going to be outraged by our treatment of animals, seals are not where I’m going to start.
  • The overpopulation of seals decimates an already largely decimated fish stock. The seals killed in the hunt, and the fish populations maintained by keeping the seal population under control, are the livelihood of Canada’s East-Coast fishing communities.
  • There are regulations in place to protect seals against undue brutality, and to protect the baby seals that constitute the posters, and presumably the mental images of the anti-seal hunt campaign. They’re not always followed, but neither is any law. That said, with all of the attention the seal hunt gets, there are few areas with greater oversight.
  • Fuck Paul McCartney.

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