Real talk

Bob Rae and Bill Maher are apparently feuding—background here and here—over the seal hunt.

“It’s a shame that since you can’t defend the commercial seal slaughter ethically or financially, you instead attack the philanthropy of celebrities involved in many different causes, seals among them,” Maher wrote. “The fact that seals have been killed for hundreds of years is no excuse for continuing to kill them. For thousands of years, people held slaves and treated women and children like property, but tradition is not a justification for cruelty. It’s disappointing that Canadian politicians continue to bail out this dying industry even though there are no markets for seal fur now.”