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PETA greets Gail Shea


 

PETA protesters greeted Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, at the Ottawa-Centre Conservative Electoral District Association’s annual general meeting. Shea was a guest speaker.


 
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PETA greets Gail Shea

  1. This is perfect, so true. Plain and simply the commercial seal slaughter has brought shame to Canada. So far as all of Europe, USA, and Mexico banning productd from it and even world leaders condeming it like President Barack Obama, the Dalai Lama, and even Russia’s bear hunting Prime Minister Putin. The world and majority of Canadians have made it loud and clear that the skinning alive of baby seals must stop. Its the largest massacre of marine mammals on the planet for pete’s sake. Macleans, these photos are brilliant.

    • Stop the Mosquito slaughter!! Stop this senseless butchery now. Human kind must bleed for the survival of the species.

    • The world and majority of Canadians have made it loud and clear that the skinning alive of baby seals must stop.

      Then it's a good thing that it's illegal to do that.

  2. Where are all these furs going, anyway? When was the last time you saw someone wearing a fur coat…I mean unless they're First Nations people 800 km north of Edmonton?

  3. See my vest, see my vest, made from real gorilla chest.

    • Grizzley bear underwear, turtle necks I've got my share…

  4. I see in the picture of Gail Shea that she is wearing a poppy which is in honour of the memory of the soldiers who died for our freedom. One of those freedoms is the right to protest even if it is a ridiculous protest against the killing of that fish-eating specimen, the seal.

    A special thank-you today to PETA for providing the ultimate illustration of what a great country we live in.

  5. Can someone explain to me why a dead seal is an appalling massacre, but beef, poultry, mutton, etc. – all of which make the seal hunt look like scratch – is not?

    There just seems something so oddly out of proportion between, and extremely hypocritical about, the hyperbole and anger and banning over the seal hunt, and the defence and protection by the same international community over their beef, poultry and mutton industries.

    Surely, if they are to try to maintain believability in their genuineness, they must think the life of one animal has the same value as another? Especially when the "massacre" of one is so much less than the "massacre" of the others.

    • For me it's not the killing of the seal so much as the methods by which they (continue) to be killed. They're not endangered, so far as I know, so if we have a need for them, then we should make use of that. But dammit, kill them cleanly, and make bloody-well sure they're dead before you start the skinning process.

    • There's a difference between farming large domesticated mammals for human consumption, and slaughtering tens of thousands of large mammals in the wild for the value of their pelts.

      • Well, I can certainly see that, on the one hand, you have an animal that has lived a life free from captivity and in its natural environment, and, on the other hand, you have an animal that has been chained and herded in tight quarters most of its short life, pumped full of chemicals.

        PETA, which leads on this, argues that an animal life is an animal life. Period.

        My only point is that for Obama and European rulers to try to ban sealing based on how "inhumane" it is, is entirely laughable when they go out of their way to protect the "slaughter" of other animals.

        {Also, I believe the seal is used for its fur and its blubber for oil as well as its awful tasting meat.)

      • Well, I can certainly see that, on the one hand, you have an animal that has lived a life free from captivity and in its natural environment, and, on the other hand, you have an animal that has been chained and herded in tight quarters most of its short life, pumped full of chemicals.

        PETA, which leads on this, argues that an animal life is an animal life. Period.

        My only point is that for Obama and European rulers to try to ban sealing based on how "inhumane" it is, is entirely laughable when they go out of their way to protect the "slaughter" of other animals.

        {Also, I believe the seal is used for its fur and its blubber for oil as well as its awful tasting meat.)

        • I agree that the Europeans and others are hypocrites on this issue. As far as I know, though, the seals are slaughtered just for their hides – the rest of the carcass is wasted and left behind on the ice.

      • There's some indications that the meat might start to find a market in Korea/China (as well as the same pelts that are being banned in europe). Also, how long without a commercial seal hunt would it take before a seal cull without any profits would be started to protect the fish stocks? Seals are not endangered. The hunt is well regulated. The method of killing is humane. And the only reason the protest against it has any traction is that they're cute.

  6. Why does the Conservative association use the American term 'District? Why not use a Canadian term, such as 'Riding' or 'Constituency'?

  7. PETA once again shows its stupidity,

  8. I wish PETA had been around before the same people killing seals now, were busy wiping out the cod supply.

    • Here`s the irony: The seals were also busy wiping out the cod supply.

      • Right. That's the same logic outfitters in BC use to eradicate wolves: they're wiping out the game supply.

        • That`s just a stupid analogy. You`re implying that the limited time spent by a few hunters is an attempt to eradicate seals. With those fantasy facts, you belong with PETA.

  9. 1) A seal's diet is maybe 2% cod at most AND they eat more of the predatory fish that eat cod eggs/baby cod. So the seals actually help -not hurt- the recovery of cod. As usual the results of overfishing/overhunting are blamed on another animal as an excuse.

    2) Most of the seals are indeed killed only for their skins. Any seal meat that is sold (tough to find buyers) is done to support the seal skin industry. Killing tens of thousands of wild animals for their skins to make luxury items is completely unnecessary.

    3) Seals are wild animals. They're not bred in captivity and therefore their survival as a species is not guaranteed. They have other threats to deal with. For example, there is a huge reduction in the amount of sea ice where young pups are normally born. This is the type of natural variation that compiles the damage done by an unrelenting hunt of tens of thousands of seals. This is why the industry is not truly sustainable. A single virus or weather pattern or a number of other limiting factors can turn that hunt quota into massive blow to the survival of the species.

    This industry needs to end. It's not economically viable and it's unnecessarily cruel. The world despises it. It's time to move on.

    Like whale watching, wildlife tourism can be much more profitable than sealing. That's the sustainable industry Canada needs to take advantage of.

  10. "Save Baby Seals": more PETA lies.

    White coats (baby seals) are illegal to kill. But that fact gets in the way of a great fundraising drive.