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I like the second letter here in response to a Times piece about Canadian chefs serving dishes made with seal meat.
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aylinn From: aylinn Date: July 8th, 2009 09:38 am (UTC) (Link)

why, yes, I belong to PETA - People for the Eating of Tasty Animals, why do you ask?

queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: July 8th, 2009 09:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Where do I sign up?
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: July 8th, 2009 09:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Just step up to the grill!
jccohen From: jccohen Date: July 8th, 2009 09:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Chickens aren't adorable!
fabunobo From: fabunobo Date: July 8th, 2009 11:01 am (UTC) (Link)
You birdist!
polypolyglot From: polypolyglot Date: July 8th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Some weeks ago, I had a caller who harangued me about the plight of seals in Canada. I gave her the usual Gentle Art of Verbal Self Defense neutral reaction, but I wanted to snap at her was that I gave more of a fuck about indigenous people being able to make a living wage and eat than I did about a species that was not endangered.

I am a very Westernized person and affluent by some global standards but I have no patience for what my father calls "salon Socialists". The second time she called to talk at me I nearly told her to get off her decadent ass and hunt for her own f'ing food herself and see how easy it was.

Edited at 2009-07-08 06:49 pm (UTC)
polypolyglot From: polypolyglot Date: July 12th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Apologies for the multiple iterations of this comment you probably got. The issue really upsets me, as you can tell.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: July 12th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

No problem. The evolution of the comment was enlightening in and of itself. :-)
sunnycrittenden From: sunnycrittenden Date: July 8th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hear hear!

YES the methods by which the seals are hunted IS barbaric and I don't like that, but I'm not so naive as to think that the farm animals we use for food are killed any more humanely.

Right now the documentary Earthlings is available to view for free on their website, if anyone's interested. It's not just your standard PETA propaganda (I hate PETA with a burning passion), it just shows how humans treat animals from food to clothing to zoos and how things could be done a whole lot better.


Anyway, yes the seal hunt, while bloody and inhumane, is absolutely necessary for the Inuit economy. That letter was right on.

Edited at 2009-07-08 07:35 pm (UTC)
From: sylrayj Date: July 10th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)
There are a lot of resources collected that many people object to - forestry in Northern Ontario, fishing, the seal hunt. It's relatively simple to protest, and I object to destroying the forests... but what else is there? It was shocking to see a swath hacked through a deep dense forest, but the towns in the area didn't even have flower gardens. The growing season is too short for produce, really. I suppose there's mining, which destroys even more, and there's fishing and hunting, which people also argue against - maybe the towns and cities should just be relocated? I don't think so. However, unless some other source of income is developed, the people have to do *something*. We need answers, not just arguments.
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