Friday, April 08, 2005

There's got to be a better way.

It's not a great month to be a Canadian seal:
Canada has given the go-ahead for what is expected to be one of the biggest seal hunts in the country for decades.
The government says the hunt is now more humane and that more than 300,000 seals can be killed this year.

The seal population is reaching record levels as commercial fish stocks are vanishing, the authorities say.

Animal rights campaigners, who say the hunt is cruel, have called for a boycott of Canadian seafood before the hunt which is due to start on 29 March.

When it was her time to speak, Aldworth told the crowd that she is a native of Newfoundland, that she grew up with the hunt, and had seen it first-hand. Aldworth pointed out the irony of the Canadian government's promotion of the hunt:

"For a country that is marketing itself on our wilderness and our wild open spaces, it is a horrible shame that off of our east coast, away from the eyes of the public, we are supporting the largest and most brutal slaughter of marine mammals anywhere in the world."
As a humane alternative, Aldworth suggested the seals instead have their feeding tube removed by court order, only after being fed long enough for their spouse to win a $1.3 million medical malpractice suit.

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