Saturday, February 04, 2006

Fur still makes me sick.

It is unbelievable to me that this crap is still going on. Business still has free reign, and even though most Canadians apparently oppose this, it will go on as long as people want the products. From the Humane Society:
Seal hunting is an off-season activity conducted by fishers from Canada's East Coast. They earn a small fraction of their incomes from sealing—primarily from the sale of seal pelts to European fashion markets. But the vast majority of the sealers' incomes are from commercial fisheries. Canadian seafood exports to the United States contribute $3 billion annually to the Canadian economy—dwarfing the few million dollars provided by the seal hunt. The connection between the commercial fishing industry and the seal hunt in Canada gives consumers all over the world the power to end this cruel and brutal slaughter.

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Anonymous said...

It is barbaric but it's not just seals of course which are threatened and treated like this. One of the things which astounds me at the moment is the fact that a number of fish species in the sea are near to extinction due to over-fishing and/or being caught in huge trawl nets along with dolphins and other sea creatures, not for food, just by accident. I mean, cod is nearly extinct. Cod. And you can still get it as 'fish and chips' in the UK, albeit at a price you wouldn't have paid ten years ago. On the news, you hear and read interviews with fishing communities bewailing fishing quotas being imposed on them - 'it's my business, how am I going to make enough to feed my kids?' - but the problem is that they won't be able to feed the kids full stop in that industry when there are no more fish to catch. The world is, indeed, insane. x

Blueberry said...

Agreed completely! I hate all animal-farming or harvesting industries including the fishing industry. Even if you eat critters, you have to realize that humans have screwed up practically all the natural ecosystems in the world. As for using the “business” and jobs excuse, that’s been used even for tobacco farming when everybody knows how deadly to humans tobacco has been – so if people don’t care if their “business” is harmful/deadly to people, it’s unlikely they will care about some fish. It really is true that we are fishing some species out of existence, and of course, the earth is all one sea, everything affects everything else. People won’t care until it’s too late, and probably not even then.