March 15th, 2005 will be a global day of action to end the Newfoundland seal hunt. In Washington D.C., there will be a major demonstration at the Canadian embassy. Internationally, our province will be portrayed as perpetrators of another holocaust in the animal kingdom.
The use of the image of the harp seal white coat is nothing more than a cash cow for corruptive and deceitful organizations such as The American Humane Society and Green Peace. The uneducated and naýve international community is made to believe that the seal population is near extinction, when in reality the herd size from 1999 numbers extends over 5.2 million! (estimates for the current population have ranged up to 8 million).
How many other animals such as cattle, pigs, and chickens are continuously slaughtered for human consumption only a daily basis? There is no difference!!! The only distinction is that this is done behind closed doors opposed to the Newfoundland seal hunt which is done in the open. Sealing is a generally very humane activity as compared to any number of activities that go unnoticed by these numbskulls.
The world has been told by these organizations that this is a ýsenseless and unnecessary slaughterý. I ask the Paris Hiltonýs, Leonardo Dicaprioýs and any other misinformed celebrity that has tagged their name to the ýsave the sealsý cause to take a look a real endangered species ý The Newfoundland Outport. Have them visit a small community in our proud province and explain to a local fisherman that when he risks his life each winter on the ice flows in the most brutal working conditions know to man, only for a means to put food on his table and roof over his childrenýs head that what he is doing is senseless and unnecessary.
The North Atlantic Seal Hunt is a 400 year old industry and I know how important it is to the traditional way of life and to thousands of people in Newfoundland ý it is a part of our heritage. On the ýDay of Actioný I will also be taking my own day of action to defend Newfoundland and Labrador sealersý
I encourage everyone to purchase some sort of seal product on this ýday of actioný to show support for first nations people and Newfoundlanders and Labradoreans who are involved in the harvest.