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Ryan Cleary Maverick Watch


 

The NDP MP for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl muses of an end to the seal hunt.

“Part of our history is also whaling, for example, and the day came when the whaling industry stopped,” said Cleary, the MP for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl. “Now, is that day coming with the seal hunt? It just may be.”

The Harper government is displeased. The NDP officially supports “a commercial seal harvest that is humane, market driven and sustainable, with no tolerance for inhumane hunting practices” and also supports “the right of the Inuit to engage in their traditional and commercial seal hunt.”

Mr. Cleary has a certain history of saying interesting things.


 
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Ryan Cleary Maverick Watch

  1. It should have ended long ago….it’s only hung on as a vote-getter.

    • Ended long ago… why?

      I support the hunt in principle (and on principle) but I agree it should be ended if it is no longer economical – and if ending it won’t cause more damage to an already frail ecosystem than has already been done.

      Most of those who oppose the hunt are complete hypocrites with little clue as to the realities; they’ve let animal rights groups brainwash them with their misleading (and often false) propaganda. Unfortunately, the brainwashing worked and the markets have vanished.

      As humans are the seals’ main predator, and as their food stocks have declined while their population continued to climb (even with the hunt), ending the hunt will in all likelihood lead to overpopulation, an unbalancing of the ecosystem, and ultimately mass starvation for the seals.

      On the bright side, the leeches… um, organizations who depended heavily on anti-sealing donations as a prime source of revenue (hard to prove, but I’m betting they made more than the sealers did from the hunt for the past several decades) will find it hard to maintain staffing levels once the funds dry up.

      • It made very little money at the best of times, made even less in recent years….and now they’ve lost their biggest customer.

        Killing white seal pups got this started years ago, and while we don’t do that anymore, the image persists and has given Canada a bad name.

        We aren’t in the hunter-gatherer stage anymore, and shouldn’t act like it.

        Seals aren’t doing well right now either…no, or very little, ice.

        Don’t worry about staffing levels….there are plenty of other groups out there.

        • Seal populations have exploded on the East Coast, with Sable Island seals doubling their population every seven years. They could very easy sustain a hunt.

          Why do you look down on a hunting and gathering way of life? It’s nothing to build an entire economy on, granted, but until recently it was a good source of income for fishermen in Atlantic Canada. Why sneer at that?

          • I’m not going to argue seal numbers with you.

            All humans were hunter-gatherers until 10,000 years ago.

            Time to move on.

          • The seals will die off as their food sources deplete. That’s what Mother Nature does to keep things in balance. Human activity has thwarted Mother Nature’s master plan by it’s unquenchable greed. No problem though as humanity will eventually have to pay the piper.

        • Worried? I’m ecstatic!

          Re the hunter-gatherer comment: you’re right. It’s far more efficient to pen animals up, load them up with drugs, and then feed the whole herd conveyor-style through the slaughterhouse. Easier to keep the press out, too. Guess that’s what we should have done with the seals.

          As for killing the whitecoats: it was actually more humane than the current hunt, as a smaller percentage of wounded animals escaped to suffer a slow death. But in this day and age, image is everything, and they do look darned cute.

          Still kicking myself for not buying the t-shirt that read: “I [heart] seals… roasted with gravy”

        • Worried? I’m ecstatic!

          Re the hunter-gatherer comment: you’re right. It’s far more efficient to pen animals up, load them up with drugs, and then feed the whole herd conveyor-style through the slaughterhouse. Easier to keep the press out, too. Guess that’s what we should have done with the seals.

          As for killing the whitecoats: it was actually more humane than the current hunt, as a smaller percentage of wounded animals escaped to suffer a slow death. But in this day and age, image is everything, and they do look darned cute.

          Still kicking myself for not buying the t-shirt that read: “I [heart] seals… roasted with gravy”

  2. Forget the seals for a moment. Or the MP who spoke today.

    I had never ever noticed that the NDP supported an industry on the basis that it be “market driven”.

    Did they really say that?

    • Many people who listen only to the other two largest parties are sometimes surprised to learn how mainstream NDP policy actually is.  This is a party whose biggest “socialist” schemes have been capping credit card interest and bank fees – essentially tweaking regulatory policy in highly regulated industries, rather than something decidely left wing.

  3. For a government that is supposedly business-minded how to explain this failure to grasp a very basic principal – you cannot sell something nobody wants. And the market has spoken very clearly on this industry. Remember a couple years ago that big new idea -> seal meat for the Chinese? Neither do they.

    However your opinion falls with regard to environmentalists, baby seals, celebrities, and all that, the fact is sealing was only ever a seasonal, subsistence industry in the region and it’s time is past. Any further lobbying effort is just tossing good money after bad. Not only a wasted effort but actually counterproductive to the one sealing industry that could actually be viable. Fur is making a comeback in fashionable circles. If the word “ethical” hadn’t been made suspect by its
    association with Alberta bitumen, you could have made a very good case for “ethical” fur. The same people who now wear vintage fur could be sold on seal from first nations hunters. Which is importantly not banned in Europe.

    If it’s about jobs in the region and government money absolutely must be spent – why not bet on industy with some potential of a future? Something that doesn’t – for once – depend on doing the absolute bare minimum with some non-renewable resource. I highly doubt you are going to keep the young people at home with the prospect of a revived seal hunt. Good grief.

    • It is rather depressing, though, to think the professional liars and propagandists won out against subsistence workers. It burns me even more that if they had invested as much in creating sustainable jobs in those regions as they spent on their propaganda, they would likely have achieved their stated result while genuinely helping (as opposed to besmirching) the sealers.

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