Friday, March 12, 2010

It's that time of year again

With the East Coast seal hunt about to begin, the anti sealers are pushing their lies and propaganda to encourage people to open their wallets and dish out the cash.

The only truthful message they send is a simple one:

Send money, we want your money.

The Canadian seal hunt is a lucrative business for AR groups worldwide and they all want a piece of the action.

The following piece of nonsense is from the Humane Society of Canada, but it pretty much encompasses the propaganda and emotional rhetoric banded about by all AR groups.

I've broken it up in order to address each point separately.

Humane Society comments in brown mine in plain text:

On the ice in the midst of a seal nursery where they were born, pups will be killed in sight of their mothers;

No. By the time the pups are killed, at approximately one month of age they have been weaned for over two weeks, and left to fend for themselves. Their mothers have returned to the ocean to moult, fatten up and mate.

adults will also be shot, stabbed and clubbed.

No. Most seals are shot with a high powered rifle, a few are clubbed. None are stabbed

When protests against the seal began thirty years ago,

You didn't do much research did you? There were protests as far back as 1969. That would be 41 years ago.

tens of thousands of seals were being killed, and today hundreds of thousands of seals are being killed.

Hunts between 1971 and 1981 averaged 172,000. Between 2000 and 2007 the hunts averaged 232,623.

We need new solutions to bring an end to the largest tax payer funded slaughter of marine mammals on the planet.

Tax payer funded? Do you mean monitoring the hunt is tax payer funded? Because there is a huge difference, you know. Yes. Due to constant interference by ARA's there has to be monitoring of the seal hunt by the Coast Guard and DFO, are you saying this is misappropriation of taxes?

Find out what The Humane Society of Canada is doing to stop this, and how you can help. Because when it comes to fighting cruelty, we don’t give up. Ever.

And what exactly, IS the Human Society of Canada doing to stop this? What is any ARA group doing to stop this? Absolutely nothing. It's far too lucrative.

Offering no proof that they actually even enforce the law, government politicians and the sealing industry claim that no whitecoat harp seal pups are killed any longer.

You say this in spite of acknowledging that the DFO and the coast guard closely monitor the hunt and convictions are in fact handed down every year.

The term "whitecoat" refers to the stage of development of a pup, and means the pup is 14 to 21 days of age

Oh dear, you really don't know much do you? The term "whitecoat" refers to a young harp seal between the ages of 3 and 14 days.

Instead, sealers simply wait less than a day until the seal’s fur begins to moult before they club, stab or shoot the seal pup.

Eh? Are you crazy? Why would anyone want a pelt from a moulting seal? A seal between the ages of 14 and 28 days is known as a "raggedy jacket" because it is moulting its coat which makes the pelt basically useless and this is why sealers do not kill seals of this age but wait until the process is complete at 1+ month of age.

This special website has been set-up by The Humane Society of Canada to make it easy for supporters to make a life saving donation to help save the seals.

Why don't you just say it like it is?

This special website has been set-up by The Humane Society of Canada to make it easy for supporters to make big fat donations to swell our coffers without us having to actually do anything.

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